Tuesday, July 28, 2015

*Review* Alice by Christina Henry

Photo Credit: Christina Henry/Goodreads

Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Published: August 4, 2015
Pages: 304
Ages: 16+


A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.


I requested and received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever read a book that was so good it left you speechless? Although you wanted to sing its praises from the rooftops, you didn't know where to start? For me, Alice is one of those books.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was one of the books that I reread several times in my youth. I even enjoy the Disney adaptation. In Alice, Christina Henry took that story and made everything just a little bit more real. Everything about Alice is gritty, raw, and terrifying. I would love to see a Tim Burton movie adaptation of this book (although I'm sure that's wishful thinking because he's already done an Alice in Wonderland movie.) 

I was immediately sucked into the story and didn't want to put my Kindle down. I was equal parts mesmerized and horrified, following Alice and Hatcher through the grimy cramped streets of the Old City. I didn't want to look, but I needed to know what happened next. I loved the way the original characters were woven into this story, remembering their role in the original tale through their actions here. 

I would give Alice 10 stars if I could, and since this is my blog and I do what I want, I will (I'll just have to settle for 5 stars everywhere else.) I highly recommend this book, as long as you're not still clinging to your childlike wonder when thinking of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. - Katie 

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About the Author

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the national bestselling Black Wings series(Black SpringBlack HeartBlack 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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