- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books; 01 edition (28 Jun. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178565330X
- ISBN-13: 978-1785653308
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 164 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Alice (Chronicles of Alice 1) Paperback – 28 Jun 2016
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"A fast paced, spine tingling, adventure ride that won't let you go till the end."--"Fresh Fiction" "A complex and engaging universe...Delightfully horrifying."--"Open Book Society" "Great snarky dialogue, continuous action, excellent world-building and innovative twists on urban fantasy conventions are par for the course."--"RT Book Reviews" "A fun, fast ride through the gritty streets of magical Chicago...Highly recommended."--Nancy Holzner, author of "Hellhound" "Henry shows that she is up to the challenge of debuting in a crowded genre. The extensive background of her imaginative world is well integrated with the action-packed plot, and the satisfying conclusion leaves the reader primed for the next installment."--"Publishers Weekly"
“[The] familiar childhood tale twisted into darkness.” Den of Geek Books of the Year
Careful, this white rabbit will lead you on a psychotic journey through the bowels of magic and madness. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Brom, author of "The Child Thief"
I loved falling down the rabbit hole with this dark, gritty tale. A unique spin on a classic and one wild ride! Gena Showalter, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Alice in Zombieland"
A dark, delightfully disturbing fall down a rabbit hole of madness and mystery. This is not your mamma s Alice If you re looking for a book that will make you feel like you were just on a bender with the blue caterpillar, I highly recommend Alice. R.S. Belcher, author of "Nightwise"
A horrifying fantasy that will have you reexamining your love for this childhood favorite. Smooth velvety prose blends well with the deliciously complex characters and interesting storyline A world that is nothing like Lewis Carroll ever imagined. "RT Book Reviews" (top pick)
Hands down one of the most imaginative and entertaining books I ve read all year. Vampire Book Club
A dark and deeply disturbing revisit of "Alice s Adventures in Wonderland." Who "wouldn t" like it? "Kirkus Reviews
" Henry retains all the surreality of Carroll s tale but makes it even darker, leading readers down a scarier rabbit hole and into a city that s fantastical, scary and frankly more satisfying than Carroll soriginal The writing is brisk, the story compulsive A fun, chilling, exciting, magical read." ---The Oklahoman
“Reads like a Jacobean revenge drama crossed with a slasher movie... a deeply unsettling vision.” The Guardian
“Hugely creepy and brilliantly inventive” Heat Magazine
'This was a whole new take on going down the rabbit hole and I'm very very excited for the adventure to come.' - Dark Readers
About the Author
Christina Henry is the author of the national bestselling Black Wings series (Black Spring, Black Heart, Black City), featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle. Christina lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
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This book is a retelling/reimagining of the classic Alice in Wonderland. Except it is darker - a lot darker, I think that's why I really enjoyed it. Throughout I was rooting for poor Alice and Hatcher and their blossoming relationship. It's such a vividly imaginative world that the author has created, there are, of course, the original characters from Alice in Wonderland - Cheshire, the Caterpillar, the Walrus, except they're all very, very different from the original characters. If you're reading this expecting a fairytale - don't. It's very dark and graphic.
I was so thrilled to see that there's not only a sequel, but that it's a trilogy! I can't wait to follow Alice and Hatcher and what they get up to next. Absolutely fantastic story and the author has a wicked imagination.
I'd recommend this book to anyone that enjoys dystopian novels, it has that kind of vibe to it. But honestly I'd recommend it to anyone that wants to read an interesting take on a classic tale. Fantastic stuff.
Alice is in a hospital for troubled or dangerous individuals. Like Hatcher, the guy next door who chopped people up because he felt like. Like Alice herself who has some recollections of stabbing someone, but she can't quite grasp at the memory enough to be certain. But the outside world is full of just as many eccentric, dark and dangerous things. And Alice soon finds out as she and Hatcher escape their prison. But so does the Jabberwocky, a dangerous creature who wants to kill, and they could be next on the menu if they don't get him first!
I like that this book is tremendously fast paced. In fact it's almost a little jumpy because it moves perhaps slightly too fast. It keeps things interesting though. I also liked that some characters were a bit more magical than others, like having the ability to see the future - including their own deaths. This added a creepy element that works well for an Alice theme.
The world building is pretty limited, so it's hard to imagine what Alice is seeing a lot of the time which did take some enjoyment away for me - I'd prefer to be fully immersed in a story and this wasn't quite there for me. Equally I found Alice to be a little underdeveloped. She's quite a complainer, whereas I like to imagine Alice as initially that but eventually more of a rebel. For this story in its own right, regardless of the theme, this version of Alice didn't have enough "get up and go" about her for enough of the story, it did pick up towards the end. I wanted a bit more fire from her I suppose, but Hatcher is basically as mad as the hatter and this made up for this most of the time. Additionally, he adds a really dark, twisted element to the story which was excellent - a really intriguing twist.
This is a grim tale. There are lots of blood filled, fairly descriptive scenes and flashes of rape which may not be for everyone. I felt the bloody descriptions were actually really well done though - they definitely added to the creepy dynamic. Some of the interactions between Alice and Hatcher, and some from each alone, were also cleverly done and suitably creepy enough to freak you out.
Basically there was just something missing for me occasionally, which doesn't mean to say the book isn't good, it was, it just wasn't quite there all the time. I think this was largely because of the pacing; I just felt like I'd rushed through the story without really enjoying any of it. Nevertheless, a good story with interesting ideas and a real darkness to it which kept me reading.
To be honest the author did do a good job bringing the characters of Alice in Wonderland to life in this book but the very evident thing I felt throughout the book was as if it had been written for the very young adult audience but aimed at the horror genre because of the gore or nastiness of some of the characters.
I did buy the follow up so I will reserve judgement on whether I will continue the series after I read the second installment.
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