Wonderland Academy
Welcome to Wonderland Academy. Don't lose your head.Getting into Wonderland Academy is easy, if you meet the admission criteria.You must be a little mad.You must follow the white rabbit.You must find the key to enter Wonderland.If you can nail all three, you're in. The only exception? Wonderland Academy never accepts students named Alice. By order of the Queen of Hearts, any Alice found sneaking into Wonderland will be behead.Which begs a question. Why in the hell am I here?My name may be Alice, but Wonderland Academy is everything my real life isn't. My boyfriend recently died. I just did a stint in a psych ward on suicide watch. And everyone thinks I'm "crazy" because I see people who aren't there. Ridiculous, right? That's why I'm willing to risk my neck to be here as "Lacey" Crane. But who wouldn't want to learn how to ride a jabberwocky, train with a vorpal sword, cast spells using a teacup, or shapeshift into a fairy? As long as no one figures out my real name, I should be fine.The only problem? Aiden, the Queen of Hearts son, is quickly becoming my best friend. And then there's Corbin. Despite the fact my heart is still broken, every time I see him something inside me flutters to life. How I'm going to pass my classes, and protect my secret like my life depends on it is beyond me. But I better find a way. Because in Wonderland, no Alice is safe. * * *Wonderland Academy re-imagines the fantastical world of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland for a fresh, new adventure. Combining whimsy,magic, and a splash of steampunk, New York Times best-selling author Melanie Karsak invites you into this beautifully re-envisioned fairy tale adventure.

Wonderland Academy Details

TitleWonderland Academy
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Science Fiction Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Wonderland Academy Review

  • Tonja Drecker
    January 1, 1970
    This novel took a bit for me to sink into, but once I did, I didn't want to put it down and was sad when the last page hit. Ever since Lacey witnessed her boyfriends death during a school shooting, she's been having a rough go at things. She's in the psych ward again, but this time she truly didn't try to commit suicide. Not that anyone really believes her. Just happy to get out and take another run at regular life her grandmother throws a surprise at her—a packed suitcase along with a ticket to This novel took a bit for me to sink into, but once I did, I didn't want to put it down and was sad when the last page hit. Ever since Lacey witnessed her boyfriends death during a school shooting, she's been having a rough go at things. She's in the psych ward again, but this time she truly didn't try to commit suicide. Not that anyone really believes her. Just happy to get out and take another run at regular life her grandmother throws a surprise at her—a packed suitcase along with a ticket to the Wonderland Academy. Without warning, Lacey is thrust into the land of Lewis Carroll with one very strong warning. She's not to tell anyone her true first name and not to lose her head. But as things grow stranger and stranger, she needs to find footing in a very strange world and a very strange school and an even stranger secret plan, which no one wants to tell her anything about. Only that she is there to destroy their world as they know it.The first chapter hits off with Lacey and a nurse, discussing her release and attempted/or not attempted suicide. Lacey carries a lot of baggage, and it was tough to connect with her and what was happening during these first pages. But when she launches into Wonderland, everything starts making sense in a mad sort of way. The world building is imagination pure and draws in until everything seems possible and magical. It's perfect for fantasy friends or those who simply love Wonderland. The author takes the time for Lacey, the Academy and those around her to develop, while allowing the more sinister plot to slowly unfold bit by bit. There's magic. There's intrigue. There's drama. And there's romance.Friendship and trust are key in these pages, and while some heart-warming moments arise, there's enough truth hidden in the shadows to keep the reader guessing. Not everything is as it seems, and Lacey tries to trust her gut. Which can be good at times, and bad at others. It's a great beginning to a series which promises quite a bit of fun. The romance might be clear-cut and might not, and Lacey's allies might be truly holding good intentions or they might not. But it's exactly this madness which makes wonderland (And this book) a fun guessing game. I'm looking forward to seeing where all of it will go next.I received a complimentary copy and was surprised how much I enjoyed the tale. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    This book started slow but really picked up once in Wonderland. Alice Lacey, who goes by her middle name, just got out of the mental hospital for attempted suicide. She is also hiding the fact that she having hallucinations of weirdly dressed people. Once home though she falls down the “rabbit hole” and ends up in Wonderland, specifically Wonderland Academy. She is confused but quickly realizes no one must know that her name is actually Alice, otherwise she might lose her head. Karsak has create This book started slow but really picked up once in Wonderland. Alice Lacey, who goes by her middle name, just got out of the mental hospital for attempted suicide. She is also hiding the fact that she having hallucinations of weirdly dressed people. Once home though she falls down the “rabbit hole” and ends up in Wonderland, specifically Wonderland Academy. She is confused but quickly realizes no one must know that her name is actually Alice, otherwise she might lose her head. Karsak has created a wonderful world that is fascinating and magical. She has taken a beloved classic and reimagined the world and creatures in it. I loved the premise of this academy in Wonderland with different factions with underlying politics. It was all very fascinating and captivating. I would really love to take the classes at this academy. All of them were so fascinating, especially the teamancy and baking class. I can't wait to find out what happens next after that cliffhanger. *ARC provided by author for an honest review.*
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    First things first (I'm the realest): I received an Advance Review Copy from the author; I'm reviewing said ARC of my own free will, without influence from tiny bottles reading "Drink Me" or impatient rabbits.I ate this book like it was a little tea cake on a table full of kale. I tried to read slowly so that I could prolong finishing it; I forced myself to hide my kindle so I could at least space it out to two days. Much like cake, I loved this book! (Cake exception: carrot. No. But I'll lick t First things first (I'm the realest): I received an Advance Review Copy from the author; I'm reviewing said ARC of my own free will, without influence from tiny bottles reading "Drink Me" or impatient rabbits.I ate this book like it was a little tea cake on a table full of kale. I tried to read slowly so that I could prolong finishing it; I forced myself to hide my kindle so I could at least space it out to two days. Much like cake, I loved this book! (Cake exception: carrot. No. But I'll lick the frosting.) The concept of Wonderland Academy is fresh among the myriad takes upon Alice, but also maintains the integrity of the majority of the original Carroll telling. Those details that have changed slightly do so in a manner that is authentically plausible and won't offend any die-hard Alice-heads out there. The story moves quickly and smoothly. There is a traumatic event that is referred to in memories, which is unfortunately very relevant to present-day (see book description), and I think the subject matter is dealt with extremely well. It's not graphic nor sensationalist but lamentably fits into the story seamlessly, though that's a "world" problem, not a book problem.And then there is the snark. Melanie Karsak is a Snark Alchemist. She has the snark recipe perfected and brings enough for the whole class. (No peanuts.) I've read several of her books and she walks the snark line well in all of them. I find myself relating more to [Alice] Lacey Crane more than the historic. Lacey is Alice, upgraded. On a personal note, I was really excited to be chosen to recieve an ARC. I thoroughly loved Melanie's (may I call you Melanie?) steampunk take on Alice, which was filled with Wonderlandish easter eggs. It's obvious that Melanie knows her Wonderland shit.Verdict: EAT THIS BOOK! (but read it first)
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  • Ga Books LoverX
    January 1, 1970
    I will start this off by saying that I love everything Wonderland/Alice related and I am so impressed with this re-telling and how the premise is a spin off of an Academy and students are from the different sects. I freaking love the thought process behind the book and story line!Lacey- real name Alice- has been through the ringer. Her boyfriend died in a tragic way and she has been taking up residence in a psych ward. She was not expecting when she got home to receive a letter that throws her s I will start this off by saying that I love everything Wonderland/Alice related and I am so impressed with this re-telling and how the premise is a spin off of an Academy and students are from the different sects. I freaking love the thought process behind the book and story line!Lacey- real name Alice- has been through the ringer. Her boyfriend died in a tragic way and she has been taking up residence in a psych ward. She was not expecting when she got home to receive a letter that throws her straight into the heart of Wonderland and telling her that she has received a scholarship to the prestigious Academy. She is only given 2 warnings- she needs to keep her real name close to her and try to keep her head because all is not what it seems in Wonderland and it looks like change is coming.These characters are well thought out and obviously a little mad. The integration between Lewis Carroll's story and what we see is exciting and informative. Even without knowing much about Wonderland, Melanie lays out the groundwork for the reader to receive all the information that they should know, but of course when they should know it. I am so intrigued to see what is going to happen in the next book and excited to see what is going to happen next.All in all I recommend this book to anyone that is a little mad about Wonderland or things that are a bit weird as well as Young Adult books. 5 stars for sure from me!PS: Thank you to Melanie Karsak and Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me an advanced copy of the book to read and review!
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderland Academy is a fun, fresh retelling of Alice in Wonderland. If you're like me and tend to obsess over all things Alice, you'll want to grab a copy as soon as possible.Lacey (aka Alice) is thrust into the world of Wonderland one fateful day and sent to learn at Wonderland Academy. Having no idea if she's going crazy or really living in this magical new world, she decides to roll with the punches and make the most of it. The only thing is, there are people in Wonderland who will do anythi Wonderland Academy is a fun, fresh retelling of Alice in Wonderland. If you're like me and tend to obsess over all things Alice, you'll want to grab a copy as soon as possible.Lacey (aka Alice) is thrust into the world of Wonderland one fateful day and sent to learn at Wonderland Academy. Having no idea if she's going crazy or really living in this magical new world, she decides to roll with the punches and make the most of it. The only thing is, there are people in Wonderland who will do anything to stop Lacey if they ever discover her true name. Off with her head, indeed. Now, I don't want to spoil things (and I know I will without meaning to), so I'm just going to say this: I absolutely loved this book, and I wish I could crawl into the pages and live in this version of Wonderland too. The characters are both familiar and uniquely different. I rather liked the Cheshire cat. And Professor Warg was pretty nifty too. The world building is fantastic. I loved the creativity of the Kingdoms, and I could easily visualize each location that Lacey went to as she learned more about Wonderland Academy. The plot is nicely paced, and I found myself eagerly flipping through, trying to uncover all of the mysteries that resided within.Secrets abound within Wonderland Academy, which keeps readers on their toes. You'll want to keep reading until the very end (which is a cliffhanger), and after you finish the last page, you'll be waiting impatiently for more.4.5 stars from me!
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  • Star Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    An entire review can be found at In Pursuit of My Own LibraryLet's start with some harsh truths.1. I loved Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden, but I have struggled with her recent works. 2. This cover certainly proves the old mantra, "don't judge a book by its cover." I absolutely would not have ever picked this book off a shelf. It does not do this story justice. At all.3. I am super leery of fairy tale retellings (especially super overdone ones like Alice in Wonderland) and am super pick An entire review can be found at In Pursuit of My Own LibraryLet's start with some harsh truths.1. I loved Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden, but I have struggled with her recent works. 2. This cover certainly proves the old mantra, "don't judge a book by its cover." I absolutely would not have ever picked this book off a shelf. It does not do this story justice. At all.3. I am super leery of fairy tale retellings (especially super overdone ones like Alice in Wonderland) and am super picky about them.Now for why all those points don't matter after reading Wonderland Academy. I signed up for the author's newsletter with the continual hope that she is going to announce the conclusion of the "Airship Racing Chronicles." I am still really hopeful. Her last newsletter managed to hook me with her enthusiasm for this new project and a sample chapter. Enough that I requested an ARC...and I'm glad I did.This is an excellent blend of Carroll and Disney. It's an Alice retelling that absorbs all the lore and embraces the heart of the fairy tale. The whimsy and color really lit up my imagination and made it an absolute joy to read. I was never happy when I had to put the book down and eager to pick it back up again.
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  • Elysian Fields
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t think I have ever read a story quite like this one. It is such a magical play on a traditional story that it never felt old or tired! The way the story is woven was fresh and enthralling! I did not want to put this down, but needed to at times because I felt myself getting a bit too excited, LOL. This author as a way about her writing, it is addictive and playful; has snark and humor, yet always manages to blend (flawlessly) my childlike need for adventure and my adult need for wonderful I don’t think I have ever read a story quite like this one. It is such a magical play on a traditional story that it never felt old or tired! The way the story is woven was fresh and enthralling! I did not want to put this down, but needed to at times because I felt myself getting a bit too excited, LOL. This author as a way about her writing, it is addictive and playful; has snark and humor, yet always manages to blend (flawlessly) my childlike need for adventure and my adult need for wonderful characters. The imagination and depth this author managed to incorporate into this story is beyond anything I could have imagined myself! I loved the classes the character took and would really; really love my own tea cup! Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime and hold on to your jabberwocky. This wild ride is worth every page, every missed adulting moment and every minute of sleep! I received an ARC and am leaving an honest review; I also purchased a copy for my favorite’s library.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I will admit, I am an Alice fan. I have read a number of Wonderland stories, some good, some bad. This was a truly fun read. Karsak does a great job of paying tribute to the original while still making the story her own. With a place as well known as Wonderland, that's not easy.Following this Alice, better know as Lacey, as she uncovers the secrets surrounding her and the political turmoil she has fallen into was thrilling. Every time Alice was in The History of Wonderland class all I could thin I will admit, I am an Alice fan. I have read a number of Wonderland stories, some good, some bad. This was a truly fun read. Karsak does a great job of paying tribute to the original while still making the story her own. With a place as well known as Wonderland, that's not easy.Following this Alice, better know as Lacey, as she uncovers the secrets surrounding her and the political turmoil she has fallen into was thrilling. Every time Alice was in The History of Wonderland class all I could think of was the phrase "history was written by the winners " and Karsak seems determined to prove that idiom right.Don't expect any time of conclusions at the end, some connections are confirmed but the cliff hanger ending leaves the story wide open with some characters in serious concerns for their survival chances. I look forward to the rest of this YA trilogy. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.
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  • The Mysterious Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I love Melanie Karsak’ novels so it’s no surprise that I was delighted to get my hands on Wonderland Academy: Book One, the first in a new series. This book is, quite simply, a superb reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and definitely recommended. It had just what I wanted. I mean, who wouldn’t want to “ride a jabberwocky, train with a vorpal sword, cast spells using a teacup, or shapeshift into a fairy”? It was also well written and with a great plot and great cast of characters, I love Melanie Karsak’ novels so it’s no surprise that I was delighted to get my hands on Wonderland Academy: Book One, the first in a new series. This book is, quite simply, a superb reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and definitely recommended. It had just what I wanted. I mean, who wouldn’t want to “ride a jabberwocky, train with a vorpal sword, cast spells using a teacup, or shapeshift into a fairy”? It was also well written and with a great plot and great cast of characters, from Alice, Aden and Corbin on down. Steampunk and magic, whimsy and reality, action and the start of romance. Yup, pretty much everything. Frankly, but for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed, I could go on and on with praises - these two books definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book set is most definitely one to read, it is easy to highly recommend.
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  • Thom
    January 1, 1970
    Alice for the 21st Century. Makes me Believe in Impossible Things Lacey (aka Alice) is in a world of trouble. She escapes the absolute of insanity of her own life and world to enter one that is both better and worse at the same time. And her name may be the death of her.Melanie Karsak has updated a classic tale with everything it needs for a new generation. Teenage angst, new friendships, magic, fantastic beasts and solid mysteries of a true magic kingdom. A kingdom that is alive with talking f Alice for the 21st Century. Makes me Believe in Impossible Things Lacey (aka Alice) is in a world of trouble. She escapes the absolute of insanity of her own life and world to enter one that is both better and worse at the same time. And her name may be the death of her.Melanie Karsak has updated a classic tale with everything it needs for a new generation. Teenage angst, new friendships, magic, fantastic beasts and solid mysteries of a true magic kingdom. A kingdom that is alive with talking flowers, invisible cats and dragons (jabberwocky). College is always exciting but this Academy takes it to a new level.Recovering from the tragic death of her beloved boyfriend and a life that seems insane, Lacey is literally dropped into Wonderland Academy. What she will learn may help her cope. As long as she doesn’t lose her head.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Do you ever get to the end of the book and let out a small shriek of annoyance at the cliffhanger ending even though you know that this is the first book in a series and this writer is a master at leaving you in the middle of the action? No? Just me then. The fact that I'm at work and everyone now thinks I should be a resident of Wonderland notwithstanding, this was a great first book. I love Alice in Wonderland! I love revisionist history! So I'm tiptoeing though the judgmental talking tulips a Do you ever get to the end of the book and let out a small shriek of annoyance at the cliffhanger ending even though you know that this is the first book in a series and this writer is a master at leaving you in the middle of the action? No? Just me then. The fact that I'm at work and everyone now thinks I should be a resident of Wonderland notwithstanding, this was a great first book. I love Alice in Wonderland! I love revisionist history! So I'm tiptoeing though the judgmental talking tulips at a revisionist Wonderland that takes place 2 generations after the familiar tale! If you are looking for a fantasy with a familiar (but still fresh) world, complicated characters with their own agendas, and the urge to feed characters something with vegetables (or at least the guise of healthiness), this is your book! Malanie Karsak has hooked me into yet another amazing series!
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. I wanted to devour this book and at the same time I didn't want the book to ever end. I love Wonderland Academy and wish it was real. This twist on Alice in Wonderland is by far the most fun that I have read. Who wouldn't want to go to a school were you learn to bake a cookie so you can become flat as a piece of paper or learn to ride a Jabberwocky. I mean that would be awesome!! Still to this day my favorite is the Cheshire Cat and he doesn't disappoint in this book. You will I loved this book. I wanted to devour this book and at the same time I didn't want the book to ever end. I love Wonderland Academy and wish it was real. This twist on Alice in Wonderland is by far the most fun that I have read. Who wouldn't want to go to a school were you learn to bake a cookie so you can become flat as a piece of paper or learn to ride a Jabberwocky. I mean that would be awesome!! Still to this day my favorite is the Cheshire Cat and he doesn't disappoint in this book. You will wonder like Alice does if everything is real or if she's is delusional but heck I would to live in her world even if it wasn't real. This book is so much fun to read. If you love adventure and Alice in Wonderland pick up this book. I can't wait for the next one.*I received a free copy of this book via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
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  • Kathy L.
    January 1, 1970
    This book has become my new favorite Wonderland story! Wonderland Academy is full of wonder, mischief, action, riddles, prophecies and mysteries. The characters are extraordinary and the story to die for! Lacey has landed where all the mad people are. She is not sure why she ended up in a place that has only ever existed in a story book. There is a war brewing right under the surface and it seems she’s right in the middle of it. It seems staying under the radar will be a lot harder than she ever This book has become my new favorite Wonderland story! Wonderland Academy is full of wonder, mischief, action, riddles, prophecies and mysteries. The characters are extraordinary and the story to die for! Lacey has landed where all the mad people are. She is not sure why she ended up in a place that has only ever existed in a story book. There is a war brewing right under the surface and it seems she’s right in the middle of it. It seems staying under the radar will be a lot harder than she ever thought…I loved this book! I would actually get unreasonably mad when I had to put the book down to do my mundane things. I could not get enough! I was especially upset when I reached the end. I need the next book asap!
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  • Mandy Stump
    January 1, 1970
    "I recieved an Advanced Review Copy of this book."Wow I loved this book. It kept me interested the whole read. I was mad when I got to the end because the cliffhanger and I was so into the book I didn't know I was close to the end. I cannot wait for the next book. I loved "Lacey" her character may be confused but she is still a brave souls and has a fantastic caring heart. Even though everything is new she believes in doing what's right. Corbin... Well for 1 he sounds hot and broody. I love the "I recieved an Advanced Review Copy of this book."Wow I loved this book. It kept me interested the whole read. I was mad when I got to the end because the cliffhanger and I was so into the book I didn't know I was close to the end. I cannot wait for the next book. I loved "Lacey" her character may be confused but she is still a brave souls and has a fantastic caring heart. Even though everything is new she believes in doing what's right. Corbin... Well for 1 he sounds hot and broody. I love the bond they created with one another. Also I love what we found out about them from the rose at the end. Also I know that the heart queen is going to burn the External Rose because what she knows and means. That makes me so sad to hear because she seems like a main character now.
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  • Kaye
    January 1, 1970
    ONE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!!!Off the chain! Wrestling with a multitude of trials, plot twists and explosive emotions while balancing on a razors edge. A churning eddy of vexing circumstances and troubling events leads to jeopardy, danger and suspense that blows this baby wide open. This page flipping wonder with a raging storyline and gripping plot launch this bad boy to life spectacularly. The characters are authentic and realistic with depth and traits that blend and flow. The scenes are so vividl ONE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!!!Off the chain! Wrestling with a multitude of trials, plot twists and explosive emotions while balancing on a razors edge. A churning eddy of vexing circumstances and troubling events leads to jeopardy, danger and suspense that blows this baby wide open. This page flipping wonder with a raging storyline and gripping plot launch this bad boy to life spectacularly. The characters are authentic and realistic with depth and traits that blend and flow. The scenes are so vividly detailed it gives the illusion you were right there with them instead of on the sidelines. Remarkable job Melanie, thanks for sharing.
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  • Jennifer Layne
    January 1, 1970
    Having only ever watched the Disney movie Alice in Wonderland ... I do truly want to read the Lewis Carroll books.This was an amazing twist on one of my favorite "fairytales ". While I see it as a non-traditional Fairytale it does have elements of fantasy, magic and fairytale!Lacey is a wonderfully flawed character, damaged, sad and absolutely mad! The other characters come to life in great and fantastical ways. I genuinely look forward to the next book! Now to wait ...I did receive this book as Having only ever watched the Disney movie Alice in Wonderland ... I do truly want to read the Lewis Carroll books.This was an amazing twist on one of my favorite "fairytales ". While I see it as a non-traditional Fairytale it does have elements of fantasy, magic and fairytale!Lacey is a wonderfully flawed character, damaged, sad and absolutely mad! The other characters come to life in great and fantastical ways. I genuinely look forward to the next book! Now to wait ...I did receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy with the Hope's I would like it enough to review it.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Best retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland by far!As always Melanie delivers a stunning retelling of a classic fairytale with a steampunk flair.It's extremely well written with outstanding world building and a cast of characters you can both love and hate. I could not put it down. Yes, it is a cliffhanger, but it is totally worth the wait. Hurry, hurry it's getting late...I can hardly wait!Happy Reading:-)
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  • Phthon
    January 1, 1970
    This was a phenomenal story! Rich with Wonderland imagery, intrigue, danger, and humor. I thoroughly loved reading it. Lacey struck a note with me and I saw myself in her. I loved the Cheshire Cat and the Jabberwockies. It took the story of Alice and turned it into something fantastically wonderful. I really am looking forward to the next books. I have a feeling this book is going to give me a serious book hangover. It will be hard to move onto other books. Bravo!
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  • Lady The Owls
    January 1, 1970
    How exciting and magical it is! I loved it from start to finish. So many wonderful and colorful characters but also done in a kind of steampunk way. I loved how the world build is and how the story is twisted from the original. I do think that I have to highly recommend this book and I know the rest of the series will be just as great or better!
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  • Jeannie Huie
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the book, all the characters and the madness of it! I hated for it to end! Can't wait for the next book!! Ms Karzak has to be somewhat mad herself to be able to write the wonderful, different books she writes!! I've loved all her books that I have read, and that's several!! I read the ARC and this is my voluntary opinion.
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  • mary sibley
    January 1, 1970
    This should have 6 plus stars While Ms. Karsak uses the world of Alice in Wonderland, she makes the genre fresh and I am not bored by cliche characters and overdone plot details that I have read in the last dozen fantasy novels. Get a cup of tea and plan to read this in one sitti ng.
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  • Mari
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t so keen to read anther school set fantasy novel, but this one was different and I like were the plot is going... can’t wait to read next book! Love the Chesire cat as always but this time the hatter or his descendant feels a little iffy... although there’s another... no more spoilers! Lol
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