Sunday, August 21, 2016

*Review* Red Queen by Christina Henry

Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Published: July 12, 2016
Pages: 298


The author of Alice takes readers back down the rabbit hole to a dark, twisted, and fascinating world based on the works of Lewis Carroll...
The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.
Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.
The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen...


I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Alice, I was super excited to get the chance to read Red Queen too (and guaranteed my copy through Penguin First to Read). I found myself a bit let down by Red Queen after the high bar set by Alice. Where Alice was exciting, imaginative, and action packed, Red Queen seemed dull and uninspired by comparison. Alice gripped me from the beginning. Red Queen didn't really grab my attention until almost the end.

There were a few twists that I didn't really expect, but it was nothing particularly earth shattering for me (and they all came at the end of the book, so my stubbornness and refusal to DNF books is pretty much the only reason I even got to them). 

The book wasn't bad, but it did not live up to my expectations after reading Alice (and if you didn't really absolutely need to read Alice before reading Red Queen for the story to fully make sense, I would suggest starting with Red Queen). Overall I give it 3 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

Christina Henry is the author of the Chronicles of Alice, which began with Alice, and the national bestselling Black Wings series featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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