“Alice’s stories of Wonderland did more than raise a few eyebrows—it landed her in an asylum. Now at 15 years of age, she’s willing to do anything to leave, which includes agreeing to an experimental procedure. When Alice decides at the last minute not to go through with it, she escapes with the White Rabbit to Wonderland and trades one mad house for another: the court of the Queen of Hearts. Only this time, she is under orders to take out the Queen. When love, scandal, and intrigue begin to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block.”
*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the book*
I am such a fan for all things Alice in Wonderland! The amount of different takes and reimagining’s of this classic tale that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed, is something that I am not ashamed of. So, when I saw Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay on NetGalley, I jumped at the opportunity to request it and read it. What made this even better is that this book is pretty much a sequel to the original Alice books and what happened to Alice and everyone afterwards.
This book follows Alice now that she is older, 15, and still under the belief that Wonderland is real, worrying her family who believe that she has lost her mind. With Wonderland needing her back, with the White Rabbit trying to convince Alice that he’s real and that her friends need her, Alice has a decision to make.
I really enjoyed this version and found myself flying through the book with it’s quick, quirky and easy writing. We get to go back and visit and see our favourite characters from the original, with a little difference, they all have different names! This was a little confusing at first. But once I had been reading for a while and from the brilliant character descriptions, you can easily figure out who is who. This is another great example of how the writing was great, as you didn’t have to have everything thrown at you.
When I think of Alice in Wonderland, I do automatically think of the Lewis Carrol and the poetically writing of his and how he puts that together to creates the story that is Alice and the world that is Wonderland. Although H.J. Ramsay’s style does work well, it isn’t Carrol. There is definitely a strong attempt with the “opposite” words and I did appreciate that.
Without spoilers, the ending is possibly the best part!