Blurb (from Goodreads):
After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll's paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland's real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a really good Alice in Wonderland retelling, and I loved how quirky it was!
I really liked the characters in this, Alice really did come across as a modern day Alice, and I loved how we had no idea if she was really Alice, or if she was really nuts!
The other characters were also crazy, the Pillar who was certifiable, Jack who seemed like a stalker, not to mention the white queen and the Cheshire Cat himself!
The storyline in this was good, and I liked how it kept you on your toes, never knowing if what was happening was really happening or whether it was all in Alice’s head, not knowing where the killer would strike next, not knowing how the strange riddles would work out and make sense! Yay for a totally insane and crazy joy ride through the world of Lewis Carroll!
There was a little sprinkling of romance, but not a lot, and it was in a similar ‘what is going on? Is this guy a stalker? What does he really want with her?’ kind of way. I loved how Jack would randomly pop up in places where he wasn’t expected!
The ending to this was good, and left us with questions once again as to what had really happened to Alice, whether she really was just crazy, and what would happen next! This was such a good Alice in Wonderland retelling that I really want to read the original now!
8 out of 10