Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons


Title: Alice Takes Back Wonderland
Author: David D. Hammons
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Adventure, Action, Retelling, Young Adult
Publication: September 28, 2015

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley


After ten years of being told she can’t tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she’s going crazy. Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real. But all is not well in Wonderland.

The Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and is systematically dismantling all that makes it wonderful. Plain is replacing wondrous, logical is replacing magical, and reason is destroying madness. Alice decides she must help the Mad Hatter and all those fighting to keep Wonderland wonderful. But how can she face such danger when she is just a girl?

Alice must journey across the stars to unite an army. She discovers that fairy tales are real in the magical world beyond the rabbit hole. But they are not the fairy tales she knows. Fairy tales have dangers and adventures of their own, and Alice must overcome the trials of these old stories if she wants to unite the lands against Ace.

With the help of Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White and heroes old and new, Alice may have the strength to take back Wonderland.


**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**


I was really lucky, I've wanted to read this book since I first saw it, and it was on NetGalley not long after that.


I love stories that are inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but this one in particular really caught my attention when I read the blurb, since other fairy tale characters were mentioned, I mean... How could I not want to read this??

Alice is all grown up now, and the poor girl is considered to be crazy. She needs to take pills and go to therapy, so that she can stop talking about Wonderland and understand once and for all that it's just part of her imagination.

Just when she's starting to believe that Wonderland's not real, the White Rabbit pays a little visit, and takes Alice back to his world. But things are not the way they used to be. Creatures are being chased by the Ace of Spades and getting their wonder taken out of them, making them just plain, normal people... And let's be honest, that's just depressing.


Now Alice has a mission: awaken the Sleeping Beauty and take back Wonderland from Ace.


I must say I loved seeing all these fairy tale characters together in just one place, it was really wonderful. It kind of reminded me of Kingdom Hearts a little bit, and I love Kingdom Hearts to death. But this was very different, the fairy tales are not exactly the way they're supposed to be, and not everyone's as happy as we've always thought them to be. Their stories can certainly be more scary too.

Along the way, Alice gets to meet characters like Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White, Hercules and many more. There's also a little something going on between her and one of these fairy tale characters. And it's adorable.


There's a lot of action and fighting too, which I really enjoyed.

In the end, this book is a bunch of nonsense, just how it should be. I've read other stories about Alice in Wonderland and some of them have just been a mess, I think it's not an easy task to be all nonsensical like Lewis Carroll was in the original story, but Hammons manages to do it really well!

Definitely, definitely give this a chance if you like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and/or fairy tales in general :)


Any other Alice in Wonderland spin-off you might have heard of?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye! 

22 comments:

  1. I absolutely love Alice in Wonderland retellings, and I'm a sucker for fairy tales so I am definitely going to give this book a try as soon as possible. Great review! :)
    ~Erika @ Books, Stars, Writing. And Everything In Between.

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    1. Me too, I just love that book so much :3 and this retelling was really fun, what with all those other fairy tale characters! :D I hope you get the chance to read it and enjoy it as much as I did ^-^

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  2. This sounds really fantastic if you are an Alice in Wonderland fan. I have to admit I've never read it!

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    1. Yes, I'm a huge fan haha, so this was a very fun read :) I really recommend reading the original books, they're wonderful <3

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  3. This sounds wonderful! I really want to read it now ♥
    Amy xx

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  4. How is it possible that I love Alice in Wonderland so much and yet I feel like I never know when books like this comes out? I NEED TO READ THIS LIKE NOW. That sounds AMAZING. I am a huge alice freak, if there is such a thing, if there isn't well here I am!! Loved your review, this books sounds exactly like MY KIND OF BOOK <333 ^---^ I am happy now. x

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    1. Hahaha I'm a big fan too!! :D I just love the story and Wonderland so much <3
      I'm really glad you liked it, I hope you get the chance to read this book!! ^-^

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  6. Sounds like something I would love to read ♥

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  7. This one sounds very interesting!

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  8. I love fairytale retellings and they almost always manage to hook me into them and make me so happy. I love the idea of bringing all the fairytales and stories together like this, so I know I am going to have to make sure I read this one at some point!

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    1. Me too! :D I hope you get to read this one, I did love how all those characters from different stories came to know each other :)

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  9. Gah I cannot wait to read this, it sounds so super exciting :D great review, glad you loved it. I love Alice in Wonderland, so this makes me giddy

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! :D I'm a big fan of Alice in Wonderland too <3

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  10. This sounds absolutely AWESOME. I LOVE the original "Alice In Wonderland", so I'm very interested whenever I see any retellings of it! I MUST get this book!!! Thanks so much for featuring it!! On to Goodreads and Amazon now!! <3 : )

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! :D It is really good and I enjoyed it a lot, I hope you love it as well! ^-^

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