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Unning down her egs missing memories and strange inexplicable abilities she has been deemed mad Years ater she s in a hospital Her on Bring it Alice I m not scared Oh how I should haveTRIGGER WARNING Graphic rape a The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace lot and violence By no means is Alice a flawless book and I m not gonnaie the first chapters if they hooked me confused me as hell in the same time Who are these people What do they want What are their relationships When Red Cried Wolf like Where the fuck are they What s this world where human traffic rape and violence are common practices where the awful way women are treated makes me want to scream To be honest I always thought that Alice in Wonderland was weird as fuck and developed in an undercurrent of crazy violence and here Well Christina Henry sure pictured the characters we know in the most terrifyingight I ove this kind of retellings with passion and despite the horror I couldn t help but be mesmerized at all the magical and strange creatures we meet Moreover as ong as it took for me to simply understand what was going on it didn t influence my interest not at any moment From the first page I was intrigued horrified drowned into this sick journey of theirs It started with my breath thinning then gasping and struggling for air I was there with Alice who coudn t annoy me even if she kept following Hatcher around because after what she The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing lived through it made sense and she wasucid about her need and their somewhat unhealthy relationship Perhaps this world forces her to be taken care of by a man but nobody owns her and she makes sure that everyone knows it Fierce fierce Alice she s in no need of saving after all Trust me on this And then there s Hatcher Hatcher whose madness took violent turns sometimes and whose mind we could never really trust but Hatcher who was ready to do anything to protect her Starting Alice I didn t expect his character and he surprised me in the best way possibleThis said I won t say that their relationship didn t surprise or make me uncomfortable at times because it did What is it that they have Love Friendship Whatever it is its evolution is beautiful Really though Their uest for revenge and blood captivated me and I rooted for them to kill these fuckers something fierce Whoops This said I didn t enjoy some parts of it I m not Song of the Forest lying when I say that this book is really rape y and wanted for some men to go over the stereotypingust because really that s why I can t bring myself to give it the full 5 If I never got the impression that rape was used as a plot device but rather as a way to show how monstruous and excruciating this world is and NEVER condoned in any way I don t ike the fact that almost all men are bad Thanks god for view spoilerHatcher hide spoiler 35 I wish I were a magicianI d find all those ost girls and bring them home I d take all those men who hurt those girls and make them cry Woah This adds an entire new dimension to the word dark If you can think of something gruesome or violent or harrowing it s probably in this bookI read Lost Boy by Christina Henry and although that story contained murder and fighting and battle it wasn t nearly on the same scale as Alice was This bordered on horror for me at A Constellation of Vital Phenomena leastAlice and Hatcher met while in a mental institution Both have committed horrific crimes though Alice can remember veryittle of her past something to do with a rabbit and being kidnapped When the chance for them to escape arises they grasp it with both hands and eg it However a shadow monster the Jabberwocky has also escaped the institution and seems to be following themAlice and Hatcher must find a way to destroy the Jabberwocky passing through the many areas of the Old City meeting some familiar characters but not as you would remember them Alice is a far cry from the timid young girl we know from Lewis Carroll s stories and from Disney This Alice has seen some horrors and will do whatever necessary to surviveI did find this book entertaining albeit slightly sickening in places I l say I still preferred Lost Boy as it remained truer to the original story than this one did But I Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights liked it enough that I will order the seuel from theibrary and see what happens to Alice and Hatcher next She must start believing in impossible things for impossible things kept appearing before her eyes Review 1255Well as a retelling that did a rather curious jobI was so excited to read this book It s even on my can t wait to read shelf There is something about the idea of a retelling in which Alice has escaped from an asylum that so fits the wondrous aura of the original book Yet this did not stick to any of the plot points truly Which was very disappointing I imagine it would be extremely difficult to manufacture a narrative from the nearly unrelated curiosities of the original Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton certainly struggled but it seemed ike the only thing this attempt did was take some namesIt seems that this is not the only shared factor between Tim Burton s adaptation and Christina Henry s Both focus upon the plotline of Alice defeating the Jabberwocky which is somewhat ridiculous if you think about it Both reuire a certain blade to kill it Both have weird sexualizations of the plot points which is so odd because the original Alice is a CHILD Especially Henry s the entirety of the book was centered upon human trafficking for prostitution and sexual assault Both have
significantly aged Alices perhaps to fit this Maybe Henry was adapting Burton s take on the book rather than the book aged Alices perhaps to fit this Maybe Henry was adapting Burton s take on the book rather than the book It all came off as very plagiarizedThings specifically that bugged me about Henry s take Alice travels with her middle aged mental institution next door neighbor whom she is in ove with for some reason He to the best of my detection is not modeled upon a character The Rabbit is a villain the main one and does not share any attributes with the original White Rabbit In fact it seems that Henry may have intended the Rabbit to mean the March Hare Everyone in the book is a villain and there is a strange incorporation of characters from Through the Looking Glass but not the important ones Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum and the chess pieces for example go undiscussed Maybe in the next books In general it was so frustrating to try to compare this book to the original because it didn t add up And that is all the fun of retellingsAfter 291 pages of unspeakable violence the ending of this book was unbelievably anticlimactic We follow Alice and Hatcher her extremely old my only character trait is I m a crazy murderer Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea love interest as they battle their way to the two boss characters the Rabbit and the Jabberwocky I don t want to spoil anything so Il just say we encounter these guys for a total of the Paradox Bound last dozen pages Very frustrating God I m so upset by how much I hated this What a cool concept entirely dashedBottomine if you ike very violent books you may ike this If you ike retellings you will not I sure didn t 32518 ON SALE for 199 When I first read ALICE I had a hard time categorizing it It was Victorian but "it wasn t steampumk It was horror ish Fortunately it very obviously a retelling so at "wasn t steampumk It was horror ish Fortunately it very obviously a retelling so at I had that BUT Just having read this article I can now solidly identify it at DREADPUNK grins creepilyReviewed by Rabid Reads45 starsThe first thing you should know is that I bloody hate ALICE IN WONDERLAND In fact with the exception of THE JABBERWOCKEY which I appreciate for English nerd reasons nonsense words that make sense bc masterful command of grammar I bloody hate Lewis Carroll Too weird sorrynotsorryI ve also read an installment or two of Henry s BLACK WINGS series and I wasn. Ce blond hangs in tangles down her back She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place Just a tea party ong ago and ong ears and bloodThen. SAY HELLO to one of the creepiest retellings ever writtenI didn t think it was gross or anything of the ike but it is really unmistakably disturbing And that s fun Witnessing the new somber Alice kill a bunch of murderers completely captured my attention Crazy thing is she still keeps a sliver of innocence through all of that Maybe because compared to her friend THE Hatcher she s a sweetheart But she really made me think of a fallen angel ready for vengeance and who would stop at nothing to get what they want EhehehI recall the author did not put much emphasis on the appearance of Hatcher or Alice for a matter of fact not that we need it so I basically imagined my own sexy Hatcher He s ten years older than Alice and that s a downer in my opinion I reckon he is in his forties and very much feels his age His being serious all the time seriously never helps in making him sound younger Plus I don t remember him ever cracking a joke Ever He s all about intense glares deep speeches and killing people of courseChristina Henry s writing style is one that will one day make her an international best selling author She might not know it yet but I have a strong feeling that will happen if she keeps writing books as good as this one I am a very hard grader on what I believe MAKES a story the characters But Miss Henry passed the exam with a beautiful mark shall I add As you know this is a retelling of Alice s Adventures in Wonderland a book I was never a fan of So the majority of the protagonists and antagonists we see are from Wonderland Except funny thing is the author decided to transform the animals we see in the classic into humans So the Cheshire cat is not really a cat None fully keep their former personalities seeing that they are considerably mischievous in here if not completely mad and devious but you l still recognize them in their gestures and voicesSomething I thought was undeniably ridiculous was how easily Alice kills her targets It s not that she s skilled or anything although she does show a promising career in assassination but she s just so weirdly Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All lucky She means to kill someone and because she takes them by surprise they re dead before they can even flinch Or she stabs them in the back before they even hear the flicker of a movement behind them They never put up a fight A tiny bit unrealistic if you ask me How is it that I always end up my reviews on a negative paragraph I promise to start with the flaws and end with the wonders next time This book is worth it And you DON T even have toike Alice s Adventures in Wonderland to enjoy it But you do need to manage darkness in your stories Also it may not be such a good idea to read it before going to bed just sayin This is a bizarre violent story one full of menace and dark magic It s trippy the way that every Alice book should be and full of nightmarish images and themes I What a Lass Wants loved it for the most partbut BUT I have one problem with it and it s a pretty major one the book is extremely rape y Huge trigger warning if you are bothered by sexual violence of any sort because it s everywhere in this world both blatant and implied and both active and imagined While I ve always thought most fairy tale retellings and re imaginings could use a bit meditation on the themes of seduction and coercion it s in the very nature of many of the original stories after all I was extremely bothered by the degree of rape and abuse here If you are able toook past that ugh it pains me to even phrase this in such a way the book is incredibly imaginative and just what a grown up Alice story should be It s well written delightfully weird and scatter shot with wince inducing horror AND A GIANT RABBIT I couldn t turn the pages fast enough and I m very interested in seeing where the story goes next But I also am very disturbed by the Rape Of Past Present And Possible Future And I M of past present and possible future And I m by the implication that all men no matter how good are susceptible to bring overcome by Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived lust even under the most horrifyingly extreme circumstances Somixed reactions from me because I feel so very strongly about the way women are treated in this book and the view of men Please note however the relatively high rating despite that Probably best to judge for yourself if you re interestedA bit of a polish on this review at some point Find all of my reviews at MITCHELL WAS IN CHARGE OF GIFS TODAY SO THINGS MIGHT GO A LITTLE PEAR SHAPED Beware the jaws that bite the claws that snatch Confession time I hate Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and allllll of the movies that have been made from cartoon to Helena Bonham Carter musey magic It s just never been my thing save your anger Il probably post something offensive before this review is even over That being stated Alice probably would have remained on my TBR indefinitely were it not for the awesomeness of my Elf on the Shelf wonderfully wicked book fairy this Christmas Once I started reading Alice I was all I gotta feeling wooooo hoooo that tonight s gonna be a good night Ooooooh doggie This ain t yo grandmomma s Lewis Carroll Truly a fresh take that was inspired by the original In this version Alice is a resident of Old City s nuthouse Her only companionship comes from Hatcher someone she can talk tocatch glimpses of through a mouse hole near the floor and who didn t get his nickname over a hat Alice didn t always Mexican Hooker live in Old City though Nooooooo once upon a time Alice was a fair haired beauty from the right side of the tracks aka New City But Alice wanted to experience aittle taste of the dark side of The League for the Suppression of Celery life Boy did she shudder Fastforward back to the present where Alice and Hatcher have a chance to escape the hospital However their only chance of survival is to kill the Jaberwocky No Mitchell not the dance troupe An even terrifying creation In order to come face to face with the darkest of all evils Alice and Hatcher must deal with the variousocal crime bosses including Cheshire the Caterpillar the Walrus Alrighty then Coo coo ca choo to you too MitchellAnd The Thirteen-Gun Salute last but most certainly noteast the Rabbit Things are even treacherous than they appear and they already appear pretty crappy right as Alice must make her way through the seedy underbelly of a city whose criminals earn their money via kidnapping young girls and forcing them into the sex tradeThis story was DARK and oh so very stabby Do not say I didn t warn you If you re Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery looking for a cuddly cartoon version of Alice you should most definitelyook elsewhere On the other hand if you re ike me and are ooking for something The Day Fidel Died like this I highly recommend Christina Henry s spin on things All the Stars Many thanks to my friend Christopher for putting this on the radar for me This selection was chosen as part of the Winter Reading Challenge myibrary puts on each year Four books and the imited edition coffee mug will be MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE Alice dreamed of blood Blood on her hands and under her feet blood in her mouth and pouring from her eyes The room was filled with it This is one of the best darkest "and most disturbing retellings I have ever read The author gets extremely creative with this world weaving "most disturbing retellings I have ever read The author gets extremely creative with this world weaving characters we recognize from the original Alice in Wonderland but telling a very different kind of story If you ike your retellings to stay close to the original then don t waste your time with Alice it is very differentThe world created here is not our world and it is not Wonderland It s a horor fantasy style setting in a fictional place called the Old City Ever since Alice returned to her parents after going missing as a child with blood In a warren of crumbling buildings called the Old City a hospital echoes with the screams of the poor souls inside Inside there is a woman Her hair on. .