Looking Glass
In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the universe she created for Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs more freely than anyone suspects, but so do secrets and blood.Lovely CreatureIn the New City lives a girl called Elizabeth, a girl who has a secret: she can do magic. But someone knows Elizabeth's secret--someone who has a secret of his own. That secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly made by a girl called Alice.Girl in AmberAlice and Hatcher are just looking for a place to rest. Alice has been dreaming of a cottage by a lake and a field of wildflowers, but while walking blind in a snowstorm they stumble into a castle that seems empty and abandoned...at least until nightfall.When I First Came to TownHatcher wasn't always Hatcher. Once, he was a boy called Nicholas, and Nicholas fancied himself the best fighter in the Old City. No matter who fought him he always won. Then his boss tells him he's going to battle the fearsome Grinder, a man who never leaves his opponents alive.The Mercy SeatAlice has a secret--a secret that not even Hatcher knows yet, but pretty soon she won't be able to keep it from him.

Looking Glass Details

TitleLooking Glass
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 21st, 2020
PublisherAce
ISBN-139781984805638
Rating
GenreFantasy, Horror, Retellings, Adult

Looking Glass Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    And this is the end my beautiful and only friends as like Jim Morrison has sang. Most of the readers have been disappointed after the second book which I read yesterday. (I devoted my three days to finish trilogy and the start was so impressive, at the second book we just startled by bumpy roads and disappointed by the direction and team Alchers absence because Hatcher turns into big bad bloody wolf and started losing his humanity parts) So this book could be great conclusion of the story I And this is the end my beautiful and only friends as like Jim Morrison has sang. Most of the readers have been disappointed after the second book which I read yesterday. (I devoted my three days to finish trilogy and the start was so impressive, at the second book we just startled by bumpy roads and disappointed by the direction and team Alcher’s absence because Hatcher turns into big bad bloody wolf and started losing his humanity parts) So this book could be great conclusion of the story I fully invested and root for Alice and Hatcher a.k.a team Alcher forever! Or it could be another disappointment forced me howling to the moon and throwing eggs against my neighbors’ windows. (This is my hobby! They still have no evidence against me and any bad book ending can give me the motivation to avenge my noisy, prying neighbors anyways.) At 58 pages I was a little pissed because we’re directly introduced to Elizabeth, the sister Alice forgot now replacing Alice in the family and surprise, surprise, Elizabeth is also a magician and she has powers like Alice. Nearly half of the book is about her story and her meeting with Jabberwocky as a purple butterfly in a jar. I was a little frustrated at first because the book is already short and I needed more Alice and Hatcher time and their HEA or tragic ending (Whatever the author decided I was so ready to welcome it with open arms.) but after reading Elizabeth’s story, I liked her character and I understood connection of two sisters because they telepathically helped each other to fight against different kinds of monsters and save themselves. And I think this is a small indication that author is planning a spinoff about Elizabeth and we’re gonna see future stories of team Alcher as well. Rest of the book was fast pacing. Alice and Hatcher’s adventures take an unexpected turn which means they’re so close to their HEA or be killed by a kind of cult a.k.a. a vicious council members. And there are some great news but I’m not gonna share it. Ending was a little fast and haphazard for me. I wanted to read more about this epic duo but I’m happy that the author gave us some glimpses from Hatcher’s Nicholas times. So it was riveting, entertaining, bloody, moving, dark, unconventional read with Christina Henry’s unique, extra ordinary, amazing world-building. This is amazing trilogy and retelling of Alice’s adventures.I gave Alice: Full four stars.Red Queen: Three starsThis book keeps the first book’s Crazy train ride soul and promising writing but it was too short and seeing my favorite characters in the middle of the book was disappointing experience. So I gave 3.5 stars but I’m rounding it up 3.5 stars to 4!OVERALL: I NEED MORE BOOKS OR A SPINOFF OF ELIZABETH ASAP!bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored The Chronicle of Alice duology, so I just knew I had to get my hands on this collection of shorts!I'll have to say that my two favorites were, When I First Came to Town and The Mercy Seat. I think because I love Hatcher so much! So I loved seeing his life before Alice and then after Alice! Girl in Amber was just okayI think because Hatcher was missing for most of it, and I wish he would have been there more. But I get why it was done that way. And as for Lovely Creature, it I absolutely adored The Chronicle of Alice duology, so I just knew I had to get my hands on this collection of shorts!I'll have to say that my two favorites were, When I First Came to Town and The Mercy Seat. I think because I love Hatcher so much! So I loved seeing his life before Alice and then after Alice! Girl in Amber was just okay—I think because Hatcher was missing for most of it, and I wish he would have been there more. But I get why it was done that way. And as for Lovely Creature, it was interesting, but again, I was still wanting more of Alice in that one!Overall, this is a wonderful collection who wanted a bit more after reading the original Alice duology! Also, Henry has the best writing!
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    I just love these novellas and how Christina Henry reinvents our favorite fairy tales with a dark touch. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories, and this was a fun, nostalgic treat for me, again with a spin. Im excited to see what fairy tale or classic shell tackle next. More thoughts to come.I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own. I just love these novellas and how Christina Henry reinvents our favorite fairy tales with a dark touch. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories, and this was a fun, nostalgic treat for me, again with a spin. I’m excited to see what fairy tale or classic she’ll tackle next. More thoughts to come.I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Looking forward to another Henry novel! With thanks to the author and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads
  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    i did not enjoy her recent book, Girl in Red but ONLY because of the ending. if she can nail the endings in this, i'll love it
  • Kayleigh
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I love the dark and twisted take on Alice in Wonderland that Christina has given us so far and these just add to the hostile, creepy atmosphere that her stories ooze.I always love when an author gives us more of a story, more of characters, more of a world that we grow to love and these give a depth to the characters that we might have missed without them.I read this book pretty quick, each of the novellas are captivating and full of tension and I just had to read more.A wonderful First of all, I love the dark and twisted take on Alice in Wonderland that Christina has given us so far and these just add to the hostile, creepy atmosphere that her stories ooze.I always love when an author gives us more of a story, more of characters, more of a world that we grow to love and these give a depth to the characters that we might have missed without them.I read this book pretty quick, each of the novellas are captivating and full of tension and I just had to read more.A wonderful addition to The Chronicles of Alice.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 ✨Liked it a lot but I may have to read the other novellas now!TW: mention of pedophilia
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/04/27/...Novellas and anthologies? Typically not my thing. But since this collection was not only written by Christina Henry but is also part of her incredible Chronicles of Alice world, I knew I would make an exception. Looking Glass features four new stories set in the same universe as Alice and Red Queen, which reimagines Alices Adventures in Wonderland through dark horror lens. It is not a sequel per se, but seeing as this 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/04/27/...Novellas and anthologies? Typically not my thing. But since this collection was not only written by Christina Henry but is also part of her incredible Chronicles of Alice world, I knew I would make an exception. Looking Glass features four new stories set in the same universe as Alice and Red Queen, which reimagines Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland through dark horror lens. It is not a sequel per se, but seeing as this grim quartet of interlinked short tales serves as a continuation of the saga, it would be helpful to have read the previous novels.Lovely Creature – 4 starsThis opening story was also my favorite of the bunch. It follows a young girl named Elizabeth who lives with her family in New City. The first time she heard the name “Alice” spoken in their house was after the news came that the asylum burned down, and Elizabeth was perplexed by the reaction. Her father was quick to dismiss it, while her mother seemed heartbroken, and it wasn’t until later that Elizabeth learned the truth: Alice was the name of an older sister she never knew, and it was because everyone thought she was mad so she was sent away.Clearly though, the memory of Alice stayed. Everyone thinks Elizabeth reminds them of her, and she’s sick of hearing it…especially from the voices in her own head. The thing is, what nobody knows is that Elizabeth has magic. And though it has helped her get out of trouble in the past, now having the talent also draws danger to her.This story was a great one to lead with, for several reasons, and not least because it was one of the stronger ones. Elizabeth was a charming character, full of the innocence and delight of a small child. But while she may be sheltered, she’s no dummy—she knows her world is not a nice place, and there are plenty of bad folk out there who would harm little girls…bad folk like Cheshire, Caterpillar, and the Rabbit. This story also introduces the harsh world of the Chronicles of Alice, and the wealth disparity seen between New City and Old City. Elizabeth is thrown into a situation where everything is new to her, and none of it is pleasant. But by using her magic and her wits, she not only manages to teach the villains a lesson, she also proves she is clever and can save herself.Girl in Amber – 3 starsAlice wakes up from a dream about her little sister at the beginning of this story, and we find out that she and Hatcher are between homes at the moment, looking for a place to settle down and put down roots. But before they can get too far, winter sets in and the two of them find themselves stranded in the middle of a blizzard. They decide to have Hatcher shift into his wolf form in order to scout ahead, though that does mean Alice will have to continue alone for a while. Freezing, she has no choice but to take shelter in an abandoned house full of strange horrors.This story was probably my least favorite in this collection. For lack of a better term, it just seemed pointless—most of it was about Alice stumbling around in the snow and in the dark. Once inside the creepy house of horrors, it felt like this story was simply throwing any and all kinds of unsettling experiences at her, from scary visions to monstrous creatures, but the truth was none of it was actually all that frightening. I get what message Henry was trying to send here, but I wish she’d gone about it in a more memorable way.When I First Came to Town – 3.5 starsBefore Alice, Hatcher had a very different life. His name was Nicholas, for one, and he also had a wife and child. When I First Came to Town is a story about how he met his beloved Hattie, flashing back to his teenage years working at a fight club trying to make enough money to get out of Old City. So when his boss sets him up to fight the hulking man known as Grinder—called that because he always leaves his opponents dead or injured so badly they never fight again—Nicholas has little choice but to accept, because the money was just too good. Luckily for Nicholas though, he has a trick or two up his sleeve. He realizes he has magic, which will give him an advantage in the ring, but will it be enough to keep in alive?I love the character of Hatcher, and it was interesting to get this glimpse into this past, though it is difficult to reconcile the teenager in this story to the broken man he is now, since the two are so different. However, we certainly got to see where his gentle and caring side came from, and the way it led him to Hattie. Still, even in his youthful heart, Nicholas also had a steely resolve in him, which helped him face up to the pure evil in tale.The Mercy Seat – 3.5 starsThis final tale was all right, not the best or worst of the collection, but I do feel it deserves special attention because of the way it brings closure to the series. Chronologically, it takes place shortly after Girl in Amber, following the harsh winter in which Alice and Hatcher finally finds shelter with a kind witch named Olivia. At the beginning of this story, Alice makes a startling discovery, and knows it’s a sign they must leave to find a permanent place to settle down.But once more, Alice and Hatcher’s journey is fraught with peril. They come upon a seemingly peaceful village, only to find out that beneath its idyllic surface, a terrible secret is what keeps everyone in line. As the two of them fight to protect each other, Alice and Hatcher realize what they truly mean to one another, and what they both want out of this life. Given this, the central conflict in this tale seems almost incidental given the more significant revelations and other major themes at play here, but it does end on a happy note, which I think is ultimately what readers will latch onto. After all, these characters have been through hell and then some, and it’s high time they deserve some peace. The Mercy Seat, while short, gives Alice and Hatcher their perfect ending, and so as a collection, Looking Glass earns a thumbs up from me.
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  • Sabrina Ye
    January 1, 1970
    OMG THERE'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER BOOK OF THIS SERIES I CAN'T EVEN but I'm also kind of scared 🙈
  • Karissa
    January 1, 1970
    Series Info/Source: This is a collection of novellas that mainly takes place after the main Chronicles of Alice books. I got an eGalley of this from NetGalley to review.Story (5/5): I loved this collection of novellas just as much as I loved the original series. There are four novellas here; one loosely relates to the main story, two follow Alice and Hatcher on their further journeys, and one is about Hatchers past. I loved the stories with Alice and Hatcher in them the best, but also really Series Info/Source: This is a collection of novellas that mainly takes place after the main Chronicles of Alice books. I got an eGalley of this from NetGalley to review.Story (5/5): I loved this collection of novellas just as much as I loved the original series. There are four novellas here; one loosely relates to the main story, two follow Alice and Hatcher on their further journeys, and one is about Hatcher’s past. I loved the stories with Alice and Hatcher in them the best, but also really enjoyed the one about Hatcher’s past.Characters (5/5): I love Alice and Hatcher and it was so fun to learn about what happened to them after the main events of the Chronicles of Alice. I really enjoyed having a bit more closure to their story. I also really enjoyed learning all the background on Hatcher.Setting (5/5): The majority of the stories are set in “Wonderland” which I really enjoy. It’s such a dark setting but also very creative and magical in its way. Writing Style (5/5): I am always a fan of Henry’s writing and have loved all of her books. This book was no exception; it was easy to read and the writing flowed very nicely. I enjoyed it a lot.Summary (5/5): Overall this was a fantastic addition to the Chronicles of Alice series and I am so happy that Henry decided to release this. I absolutely loved it and it made me want to go back and reread the whole Chronicles of Alice series. I would definitely recommend reading this after you read the rest of the Chronicles of Alice for full impact. I would also recommend this whole series if you enjoy dark fantasy or Alice in Wonderland retellings.
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  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    January 1, 1970
    GIVE IT TO ME NOOOOOW!!!!!!!
  • Jessica ☢ Spartan Ranger
    January 1, 1970
    MY QUEEN OF RETELLINGS WILL BE BACK!!!MORE ALICE AND HATCHER!! <3GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!!
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This is an interesting collection of 4 novellas which I liked but didn't love. Christina Henry writes a lot of retellings of famous fairytales. I've read three of her books now and I always like her writing. It's very easy to read and enjoyable. This book, follows on from her duology which starts with Alice and the second book is red queen. I thought Alice was just okay, but I wanted to read this book as I do love alice and wonderland retellings. However, I didn't realise this was part of that This is an interesting collection of 4 novellas which I liked but didn't love. Christina Henry writes a lot of retellings of famous fairytales. I've read three of her books now and I always like her writing. It's very easy to read and enjoyable. This book, follows on from her duology which starts with Alice and the second book is red queen. I thought Alice was just okay, but I wanted to read this book as I do love alice and wonderland retellings. However, I didn't realise this was part of that series. So I could understand somethings because I had read Alice. I think I missed a lot of references from not reading red queen. So do bear that in mind if you pick up this book. You may get more out of it if you read Alice and red queen first. I did like the stories in here. I think the first and last were my favourites. But with all short stories and novellas, I can find it hard to really get invested in the story. Plus, I rarely love every single one in the collection, so that brings the rating down. Overall, this is a fun collection. If you like Christina Henry books, I'm sure you will enjoy this one but it wasn't my favourite book that she has written
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  • Sharon Huether
    January 1, 1970
    The Chronicles of AliceLove CreatureElizabeth live in the New City and discovers she has a secret. She can do magic and it's getting her into trouble.Girl In AmberAlice has to save herself from freezing to death in the cold. She does have Hatcher near by. He can be very wild and scary. She is learning to be self reliant.When I first came to townAt one time Hatcher was younger. He was known as Nicklaus. Nicklaus was training to be a fighter. He was paired up with Grinder. Grinder was no match for The Chronicles of AliceLove CreatureElizabeth live in the New City and discovers she has a secret. She can do magic and it's getting her into trouble.Girl In AmberAlice has to save herself from freezing to death in the cold. She does have Hatcher near by. He can be very wild and scary. She is learning to be self reliant.When I first came to townAt one time Hatcher was younger. He was known as Nicklaus. Nicklaus was training to be a fighter. He was paired up with Grinder. Grinder was no match for Nicklaus.The Mercy seatWinter was over. Alice and Hatcher were walking in the woods. Hatcher has a Sight. He knew that Alice was with child; before any words were spoken.During their travels Alice has strange dreams. She is much more confidant now that she is grown up. She and Hatcher find the perfect spot for their new home.This book was a gift from Random House.
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  • Blue
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more... Bookstagram WebsiteAlright, lets take our seats and listen to this announcement. Henry is the bloody Queen of retelling fairy tales in a dark, gloomy yet gripping way that will literally have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next. Trust me, I love me some fairy tales retellings and by far, Henry has got this down packed. Though a Robin Hood retelling would be nice just a suggestion Anyway, I think the Looking Glass is a good starting point if you Want to see more... Bookstagram WebsiteAlright, let’s take our seats and listen to this announcement. Henry is the bloody Queen of retelling fairy tales in a dark, gloomy yet gripping way that will literally have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next. Trust me, I love me some fairy tales retellings and by far, Henry has got this down packed. Though a Robin Hood retelling would be nice… just a suggestion Anyway, I think the Looking Glass is a good starting point if you haven’t read any of her previous work, you get a glimpse of her fantastic writing style and the gloom of the story but without the edge of the seat experience. Think of this as dipping your toes in the water before you jump in. Personally, I think all her works are amazing but as soon as you say gloom, everyone ducts for cover. But trust me, please trust me, when I say you need to read Henry’s work you really do.Looking Glass is based on Alice in Wonderland and includes 4 short stories that you will absolutely adore as much as I do!Lovely Creature:Elizabeth lives in New York City and has a butterfly in a jar that used to be a Jabberwock. I loved Elizabeth’s character, she was smart yet caring and daring, and it was great to capture so much of her personality in such a short space of the book which proves that Henry is a great writer. I loved the mystery that surrounded this book including the secret that was kept hidden. This short story was well paced and didn’t feel rushed at all.Girl in AmberThis was gorgeous and again the crossover of the two worlds was done brilliantly and didn’t feel forced at all. When I First Came to TownOhhh this concept was delightful. I loved that Hatcher lives sort of two separate lives sort of. I also love him as a character, strong willed and determined. I didn’t predict how this story was going to play out but wow, it took me by surprise.The Mercy SeatThis was the perfect short story to end with! Where you finish with Alice and a story of hers, this was gorgeous but not long enough, I needed more!Overall this collection of short stories were absolutely brilliant, I love Henry’s work and I cannot wait to see what she comes out with in this future!!
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  • Brooklyn Tayla
    January 1, 1970
    RTC on Saturday :) (my posting date for the Australian review tour celebrating Christina Henry's books!) Thanks newsouth books for providing me with a review copy of this beauty :)
  • Angel Hench
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't realize how much I missed Christina Henry's Alice, until I opened up this book!HERE'S THE SUMMARY: Looking Glass is a book of four novellas. The first is told from the perspective of a grade-school girl in the Alice world whose wishes come true, the second from Alice's perspective after the events of Red Queen, the third from Hatcher's and the fourth returns to Alice. Hatcher's narrative is a story from his history before Alice. The last story seems to be wrapping up this entire I didn't realize how much I missed Christina Henry's Alice, until I opened up this book!HERE'S THE SUMMARY: Looking Glass is a book of four novellas. The first is told from the perspective of a grade-school girl in the Alice world whose wishes come true, the second from Alice's perspective after the events of Red Queen, the third from Hatcher's and the fourth returns to Alice. Hatcher's narrative is a story from his history before Alice. The last story seems to be wrapping up this entire series...BUT I REALLY HOPE THAT IS NOT THE CASE.HERE'S THE REVIEW: If you don't know, the Alice book is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, if Alice had been magical and kick-ass, all the creatures she encountered were gangsters from Peaky Blinders, and there were buckets of blood and gore in every encounter. These new stories are such a brilliant follow up and addition to Henry's Alice lore. They are perfect companions to and fill in all of the things I wanted to know after reading the Alice duology. This book is full of magic and weirdness, violence and bloodshed, old friends and new enemies. Just a perfect read.Before reading this, I would recommend picking up Alice and Red Queen. I don't think there is much point to reading Looking Glass without the perspective of the other two books. (Although, Henry is a brilliant writer and it might be worth you time - it's hard to unknow/unread what you already have?!?)So my recommendation to you is to buy all three books in this series, and also buy Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook because that is one of my favorite books of all time!(A review copy was provided by the publisher. Thank you!)Click here to check out all my book things.
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  • April Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review*This four-part novella set captured me in a way I wasn't expecting. I went into these stories not realizing it was part of a bigger series but I still found myself captivated by the characters and the stories being told.You get to meet Elizabeth, a young girl that now sits in Alice's place.You see Alice and Hatcher traveling together.You find out who Nicholas was before Hatcher.Lastly, you see Alice and Hatcher continue their path to *ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review*This four-part novella set captured me in a way I wasn't expecting. I went into these stories not realizing it was part of a bigger series but I still found myself captivated by the characters and the stories being told.You get to meet Elizabeth, a young girl that now sits in Alice's place.You see Alice and Hatcher traveling together.You find out who Nicholas was before Hatcher.Lastly, you see Alice and Hatcher continue their path to finding a home.Each of these stories has a dark edge to them that reminds me so much of the original, chaotic Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I don't know much about the series this is attached to but now I want to go back and read them and see some of these connections fall into place.
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  • Heather - hturningpages
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3/5Format: ebook. I'd like to thank Netgalley for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. What it's like: This book is a set of short stories/novellas that take place in the same universe as her previous two works in this series (Alice and Red Queen). I found it a lot like Alice obviously, but less dark and depressing.To sum up: This book consists of 4 short novellas from 3 different POVs, all taking place after the events of Red Queen. What I loved: I really liked hearing Rating: 3/5Format: ebook. I'd like to thank Netgalley for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. What it's like: This book is a set of short stories/novellas that take place in the same universe as her previous two works in this series (Alice and Red Queen). I found it a lot like Alice obviously, but less dark and depressing.To sum up: This book consists of 4 short novellas from 3 different POVs, all taking place after the events of Red Queen. What I loved: I really liked hearing the perspectives of other characters. I feel that it added a nice depth to this world and new voices are always a nice change. I also appreciated that the tone wasn't so depressing as in Alice. I also enjoyed seeing where the characters from Alice and Red Queen ended up. What was meh: Overall, I didn't feel these stories were totally necessary to have. They are nice additions but are critical to the overall world-building or character development.Who I'd recommend it to: Fans of Alice and Red Queen, as well as Christina Henry in general.
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    me, managing to finish a book???????? impossible. and yet I did it, so take that Goodreads challenge
  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    I dont really go in for short story collections and I dont really like the original Alice or her twee wonderland. But ah, Christina Henry is such a master that I forget all about that when I read her work. These stories are interconnected novelettes, complex and complete unto themselves, but even better when taken as a whole. Darkly magnificent and spellbindingly smart, these four stories make a book that belongs on every shelf and a fitting finale to Alices adventures. Lovely CreatureElizabeth I don’t really go in for short story collections and I don’t really like the original Alice or her twee wonderland. But ah, Christina Henry is such a master that I forget all about that when I read her work. These stories are interconnected novelettes, complex and complete unto themselves, but even better when taken as a whole. Darkly magnificent and spellbindingly smart, these four stories make a book that belongs on every shelf and a fitting finale to Alice’s adventures. Lovely CreatureElizabeth is a haughty, self-absorbed heroine and I couldn’t love her more. She’s a jumble of willfulness and kindness and selfishness—in other words, she’s a child. A privileged child, to be sure, but still a kid. And although I was a very different type of child, Henry nails what it’s like to be a young girl, desperately curious about all the things adults don’t or won’t say. Elizabeth is even curiouser when her parents mention “Alice” in hushed tones, and curiouser still when she sees a strange figure in the crowds during a city-wide celebration. But when she goes chasing after, it’s not the same story as Lewis or even Henry has told before.All the stories in Looking Glass still have snippets of the original Alice’s whimsy, especially in the dialogue. But none more so than “Lovely Creature,” in which Elizabeth converses with a mouse and is quite cross with a topsy-turvy world. But these stories are not games. And more than her charm, Elizabeth’s arrogance is critical to her survival. She needs to be in order to believe she can survive, can fight, can flee, even though she’s a child in a world of terrifying adults. Henry doesn’t punish her heedless confidence, only tempers it with a little wisdom and a little sorrow. I desperately want to see more of Elizabeth in future works and hope that she’ll make another appearance soon. Girl in AmberThis is Henry trying her hand at a haunted house story, although it turns out to be more of a hunting house. The entities in the house stalk her and the very walls seem to breathe down her neck. It’s a brilliantly tense take on the genre, because it’s actually a bit more like Alien than a strict haunted house story. The entities are straightforward rather than psychologically menacing, and the house itself is dangerous, much like the fragile walls and systems of a spaceship. Outside is a deadly cold, although in Alice’s case it’s a snowstorm instead of the void between the stars. The suspense ratchets up to 11 very quickly and stays tense as a tripwire as Alice navigates a house full of monsters as well as a twisted inner landscape of fear and doubt. She still doesn’t fully understand her own magic and she still hasn’t been able to fully encompass her own trauma. Fighting on two fronts, the internal and the external, is more than doubly hard, but our heroine is up to the task. Mostly because she must be.This story more fully examines the idea of saving oneself. Oh sure, it might be very noble and feminist for a lady to rescue herself, but it is also terrifying and exhausting and No Fun At All. This book says quite clearly that it’s okay to need people, and to need help, or even just to want it. Even if you don’t get it, the needing and the wanting is okay. We are human and we are not meant to be so powerful that we’re invulnerable (that way lies tyranny) or so aloof that we do not wish for help (that way lies madness). In fact, it’s Alice’s desire not to be alone that might be her greatest help and strength in this house of horrors.When I First Came to TownIf “Girl in Amber” is Horror or Sci-Fi, then “When I First Came to Town” is classic Action. It’s Rocky with magic. Not just because it’s about boxing, but because it’s cinematic, iconic. The tension is ever more taut and breathless. It digs into that deep myth of the underdog and draws out all the things we love to believe, that goodness and cleverness will beat brute force, that the downtrodden can rise up through hard work and passion, and that everyone gets what’s coming to them in the end.This is Henry, though, so it’s not quite that simple. There are tragedies that can’t be entirely undone by victory or defeat, and there are compromises to be made. But this story encapsulates one of Henry’s overarching themes: that you must try, that it is worth trying, and that ferocious will is the match of any evil. The Mercy SeatThe difference between good horror (or mystery) and great horror (or mystery) is that great horror doesn’t require your ignorance. You can know exactly, or almost exactly, what’s coming and still be on the edge of your seat. This is great horror. (Or mystery.) Henry makes no bones about what’s coming to get Alice and Hatcher. They know there’s something bad, and that it’s unavoidable, and then they only learn more about it before they actually face it. And then it’s still bad. Bad but brief. The tale ends a little too quickly given all the buildup and dread, even though it’s a satisfying ending. I don’t love the end to Wilhelmina’s story, since it also serves as the capstone of Alice’s journey with magic. It may be literarily fitting both to hoist someone on their own petard, and also emotionally fitting for Alice to use others’ abusive power against them rather than constantly digging into her own trauma to find enough fury to get the job done. And it’s certainly horrific in the particular way Henry is so excellent at conjuring up. But I wish it had come with a bit more reflection on these things. That being said, I do love the end of Alice and Hatcher’s journey, both emotional and physical. Their road has been very long and they have more than earned the place where they come to rest. This last story again takes up both the inner and the outer battles, only this time Alice isn’t battling her own flaws but the mistakes others made that affected her. No one really tells you how ugly and hard the road to forgiveness is. It’s supposed to be a beautiful thing and a final thing too, one-and-done. But as with saving yourself, forgiveness is hard and often ugly, and a much longer journey than it ought to be. If “Girl in Amber” was about self-forgiveness, then this is about the forgiveness of others, especially mothers, and especially Alice’s mother. Alice’s mother brackets the book, first in “Lovely Creature” and then here in “The Mercy Seat,” and we see both her grief and her inaction. How can we not be angry with her? How can we also not pity her? She’s a girl in amber just as much as any of her daughters, only she’s been trapped forever. And if Alice doesn’t also want to be trapped in her resentment, she has to hold on to the thorny complications of their relationship rather than dismissing or embracing the memories of her mother. Parents aren’t perfect, and as Alice stands on the precipice of parenthood herself, she has to contemplate the terror of failing someone in her care, which is worse than failing to save herself. Forgiveness sprouts in this vulnerability rather than from her strength, and it’s here that Henry’s emotional insights really shine. All the stories taken together are a wonderful, awe-full return to the dark wonderland of Christina Henry’s imagination. They terrify and surprise, delight and deepen, and collectively make a fitting finale for Alice, one of my favorite heroines of recent memory.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: For fans of Christina Henry's Alice books, this collection fills in some of the blanks and gives readers a peek into the emotional lives of her characters. Looking Glass is a collection of four interconnected novellas set in Christina Henrys Alice world and gives readers some new glimpses into the lives of Alice and I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: For fans of Christina Henry's Alice books, this collection fills in some of the blanks and gives readers a peek into the emotional lives of her characters. Looking Glass is a collection of four interconnected novellas set in Christina Henry’s Alice world and gives readers some new glimpses into the lives of Alice and Hatcher, the main characters in this series. Word of warning, however: if you aren’t caught up with both Alice and Red Queen , you may find yourself a little lost at times. I personally have not read Red Queen , so some of the references in a couple of stories confused me. But I have to say, it’s a testament to Christina Henry’s talent that the stories are accessible and enjoyable despite this fact. It’s also strange to note that the story which was most grounded in reality was my favorite, and the oddest and most Alice in Wonderland -like tale was my least favorite. Go figure! Here’s a quick recap/breakdown of each story to give you a taste of what you’re in for. Lovely Creature Elizabeth Hargreaves can’t understand why everyone keeps calling her “Alice,” until she goes on an adventure of sorts and learns that she used to have an older sister of that name who went mad. Elizabeth has some magical abilities and is able to turn rose petals into butterflies, and she’ll need those powers to get herself out of a dangerous situation. When she chases after an odd man with a bird’s tail and beak, she finds herself in the Old City, where danger lies around every corner.This is a great introductory story that mentions several familiar characters, like the Jabberwock, the Rabbit, and Cheshire. It’s also the story that has the least connection to all the others, although it does give us a nice lead-in to Alice and Hatcher. We’re also reminded of the world these characters live in: two cities—New City and the Old City—that are separated by mere walls, one where the rich and privileged live, and the other full of desperate and dangerous people. I loved that Henry imbues Elizabeth with plenty of grit and determination to save herself, despite her young age. Girl in Amber Alice and Hatcher are on the move and trying to find a safe place to settle before the winter snows come. Hatcher must turn into a wolf in order to feed his dark nature, and so it isn’t safe for them to settle down in one place for long. When Hatcher decides to leave Alice to scout ahead and find shelter, Alice embarks on an unsettling adventure involving a strange boy, a house full of doors, and some very scary creatures.This story wasn’t my favorite, for some reason, and maybe because Hatcher is absent for most of it. Alice is led into a spooky house full of dozens of locked doors and must make her way through it before she’s attacked by the creatures inside. Alice reflects on her unhappy childhood where “every door had a lock,” as she’s now in a house where literally every door has a lock. Henry’s theme here is power, since Alice must find the power within herself to get out of the house alive and find Hatcher again. When I First Came to Town Hatcher reflects on his past life living in the Old City as a teenager and working at a fight club, the time when he met his future wife Hattie and how he got her away from a terrible man.This was my favorite story. We get to see a glimpse into Hatcher’s past as a fighter, trying to earn enough money to leave the Old City for good. Back then, “Hatcher” was Nicholas. Nicholas’s boss Dagger Dan sets him up to fight the notorious Grinder, and as he trains for the big fight, he realizes that he has a touch of magic himself, magic that might help him win. The most chilling part of this story is that we meet Rabbit, an evil, mob-boss sort of character who both Alice and Hatcher tangle with in other stories. The Mercy Seat The final story is also the shortest. This follows chronologically after Alice and Hatcher have found a safe place to rest over the winter months. Alice has a surprising discovery and knows it’s time to move on. But according to Olivia, the witch they’ve been staying with, their journey will be extremely dangerous.In this story, Alice and Hatcher discuss some traumatic events in their past, events from Alice, as they decide the best course of action to get to the place Alice has in mind despite the dangers ahead. Alice discovers she’s more powerful than she realized, and these powers come just when they need them. This was almost a “slice of life” tale rather than a full-blown novella, but it does have a happy ending, for which I was grateful. Overall, I really enjoyed this collection. Christina Henry’s dark touch is evident, even if the stories don’t quite reach the horrors of Alice . My favorite part about reading these was trying to figure out the connections between them and how they fit into the previous two novels, and I love the relationship between Alice and Hatcher, who have had their fair share of trauma and heartache. Fans of this series are probably going to enjoy these just as much as I did.Big thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy.This review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy
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  • Jee Hooked On Bookz
    January 1, 1970
    3.5I am a big fan of Alice Chronicles (the first two books of this series), so when I got the chance to review Looking Glass, the last in this series, I was excited! There are 4 novellas in Looking Glass, with Lovely Creature taking the bulk of it. (And yes, youd need to read the first two novels to read the last installment). Heres a brief overview of the 4 novellas: Lovely Creature: Were introduced to Elizabeth, who can do magic, just like Alice, as long as she wishes it hard enough, itll come 3.5I am a big fan of Alice Chronicles (the first two books of this series), so when I got the chance to review Looking Glass, the last in this series, I was excited! There are 4 novellas in Looking Glass, with Lovely Creature taking the bulk of it. (And yes, you’d need to read the first two novels to read the last installment). Here’s a brief overview of the 4 novellas: Lovely Creature: We’re introduced to Elizabeth, who can do magic, just like Alice, as long as she wishes it hard enough, it’ll come true. We see that happen when she turns a red petal into a butterfly. She’s well-loved and cared for by her family, except for one thing – the parents had mistakenly call her Alice, not once, but many, many times. And the voice who kept calling her sister of Alice; just WHO IS this ALICE? On Giving Day, when she spotted an odd-looking fellow with a tail of a bird, far away, she decided to find out who he was. And of course, her curiosity got the better of her, and she was led into an adventure of her own. We see then, how Alice and Elizabeth weren't only connected through blood, but through magic too. Although this novella felt like it was in the same vein as ‘Alice’ and shared a voice as hers, Lovely Creature was still an enjoyable story on its own. Girl in Amber: Alice and Hatcher were looking for a place to rest. When it got colder, they parted ways as Hatcher decided to go ahead on his own to speed up the process, and told Alice not to stop moving no matter what. While moving at her own pace and fighting the cold, Alice stumbled into a castle, and decided to gain shelter from it, despite the dark energy she felt from it. There, her skills and confidence as a Magician was tested. Once again, this was about Alice getting used to having magic and gaining her confidence in using it. This novella, unfortunately, was my least favorite. The idea felt kind of repetitive, and although I loved Alice, this novella didn’t feel necessary in this collection. When I First Came to Town: Hatcher isn’t his real name. He was Nicholas, a bold, street-smart boy from the Old City, who hungered for success and a better life. His desire to succeed and ability to fight had brought him to the attention of his boss, Dagger Dan, who one day, gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse – to fight the greatest fighter, and feared by all – the Grinder. Of course defeated the Grinder, but at what cost? This was definitely my favorite of all the novellas, and to me, was the heart of the entire book. Hatcher was such a great character that the author created! The Mercy Seat: This is a story about Alice and Hatcher, in search for a place to call their own to start a family, for Alice was pregnant. But in order to get there, they’d have to pass through a ‘town’ called The Village of the Pure, a place where ‘There are always storm clouds above the village’, and no Magicians or magic is allowed there. They knew they had to lay low and stay out of trouble. But was it possible to not use magic to get out of there and not risk their lives? This was my second favorite after ‘When I First Came to Town’. Alice and Hatcher make such a great pair. They're the only couple I absolutely LOVE in all the books I've read that had a 'love story' in it! Overall, a pleasant read. It was good to hear Cheshire’s voice again! Love him! Would I recommend it? Only if you have read the first two in the series, or that you’re a fan of Alice. Thank you Berkley Publishing and NetGalley for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
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  • Ola Magick
    January 1, 1970
    When I read Alice I felt understood to a deep and intimate level and torn apart and given the strenght to put myself together and look at my traumas in the face with a different perspective, one that I knew of already of course, but knowing and realy feeling something are two very different things.In this 3rd and last installment in The Chronicles of Alice, Christina Henry brings back that darkness that was so present and important in book 1 but faded away more than I liked in book 2 (side note When I read Alice I felt understood to a deep and intimate level and torn apart and given the strenght to put myself together and look at my traumas in the face with a different perspective, one that I knew of already of course, but knowing and realy feeling something are two very different things.In this 3rd and last installment in The Chronicles of Alice, Christina Henry brings back that darkness that was so present and important in book 1 but faded away more than I liked in book 2 (side note - reading this last book made me understando book 2 and it's place and importance in all of this and appreciate what it did way more!).We follow 4 stories that are still absolutely connected one to another, it feels like a complete and cohesive book, not like a short stories collections.-We get to know Alice's sister and the end of the Jabberwock;-we see Alice realizing the her "monsters" (aka traumas) are always there to get her and she needs to use her power to face them to be able to go on;-we learn about Nicholas/Hatcher's past and what really happen in that fight (and let me tell you he is the best man I've read about in a long while);-we see Alice and Hatcher getting at the end of their travel and at the beginning of their new path together and with the confidence and strenght to use their powers to not let anyone step on them anymore, but being always completely aware af their action coz they never want to become the monsters they were hurt by in the first place, learning to deal with their own isses in ways to always respect each other but never neglecting their own needs.The growth of my beloved characters was too personal for me to explain in a review, it meant the world and the moon. The tratment of trauma is harsh and dark as it should be, it's raw and painful as it should be, it's more real even told in this fairytale-like form than what most 0h-so-knowledgable doctors/specialists patronize you with. I felt seen and understood and empowered.I feel the same on the topic of family, treated again in an harsh but true way. The attention on not becoming anything similar to what your abusers were is always a topic that I must praise.The treatment of magic is so close to IRL witchcraft as a concept - just wish for it, it's all about the intentions and believing in it. This story is extremely character driven but also atmospheric and dark and hard hitting, but is inspirational, empowering and hopeful. This is officially one of my new favourite series of all times, some of my new favourite characters ever and words that I'm gonna store into my heart and go back to in time of need.TW: abuse, trauma, mental health, PTSD, anxiety, abandonment, sexual abuse (implied), bad parenting, abusive family, violence, murder, "death sentence", religious craze, harassment.
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  • Scarlett
    January 1, 1970
    I just love Christina Henry's writing. She has such a talent for creepy storylines and interesting characters. Her writing also just sucks you in. I never wanted to put this book down! You know those books that you just love thinking about the sentences and the writing is so beautiful and you just want to savor each word? That's Christina Henry but in a much more sinister way. I did feel this book was a tad slow to start but I honestly feel like that was probably just a me thing, because it'd I just love Christina Henry's writing. She has such a talent for creepy storylines and interesting characters. Her writing also just sucks you in. I never wanted to put this book down! You know those books that you just love thinking about the sentences and the writing is so beautiful and you just want to savor each word? That's Christina Henry but in a much more sinister way. I did feel this book was a tad slow to start but I honestly feel like that was probably just a me thing, because it'd been a while since I read Alice and the world felt unfamiliar. But once I had looked up a brief summary and refreshed my memory I really settled into the world and what was happening I just started to LOVE it. Lovely Creature - This one was awesome. It gives a glimpse of the family that Alice left behind, and I just loved Elizabeth. I really liked how she wanted to be her own person, not an Alice knockoff. I also felt like we got an interesting glimpse of some of the more common areas of the Old City that we really hadn't seen in the first book. This one also gives a really satisfying conclusion to the Jabberwock storyline. All in all it was great.Girl in Amber - This one was weird, but SO CREEPY. Like the creep factor was through the roof on this one. It really had me on the edge of my seat. The story itself was probably my least favorite of the book, but dang was it creepy.When I First Came to Town - This was my favorite one for sure! I loooooooved Hatcher's backstory. I already liked him as a character but seeing where he came from and what he was like before he was Hatcher, when he was Nicholas, was just great. Also in this one is the Walrus's origin story, which I don't think we got the full story in Alice, although I don't fully remember. Either way I thought it was great. And then the end of this story, ugh my heart! All the feels.The Mercy Seat - Ok this one was super creepy also. It definitely had vibes of the Salem witch trials, which was an interesting angle. But this story was worth it for the ending! I loved the ending. The ending of this story made me so glad that Christina Henry wrote this book as a conclusion. It was so satisfying.All in all I loved this book, loved being back in this world. I love these characters. Christina Henry's writing just sucks you in. It's so atmospheric and creepy and emotional. I can't wait to see what she writes next.
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  • ButtercupBooks15
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Looking Glass by Christina Henry is a set of four novellas following the Chronicles of Alice books Alice and Red Queen. I absolutely LOVED the first two books, as well as all of Henrys other dark retellings. She combines aspects from the original tales with this dark and gritty atmosphere that I just cant get enough of. On top of that, Henrys writing is so easy to fall into Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Looking Glass by Christina Henry is a set of four novellas following the Chronicles of Alice books Alice and Red Queen. I absolutely LOVED the first two books, as well as all of Henry’s other dark retellings. She combines aspects from the original tales with this dark and gritty atmosphere that I just can’t get enough of. On top of that, Henry’s writing is so easy to fall into that I’ve read every single one of her books in one sitting. My disclaimer is that this is NOT a companion novel, and you definitely need to read the first two books in the series in order to read these short stories. My thoughts on each of the stories are below. In case you don’t want details though, just know that these stories were just as dark and twisty as the two novels, and were the perfect addition to the series.(view spoiler)[Lovely Creature – This followed Elizabeth who keeps hearing the name Alice being mentioned but doesn’t know who she is/was. I loved this story because it showed who Alice might have become if she had someone helping her while she was in Old City the first time.Girl in Amber – We switch to following Hatcher and Alice in this one. This story was so good because it showed Alice’s struggle with herself and her confidence, and it was dark and creepy to boot.When I First Came to Town – We finally get to learn more about Nicholas, and this was the origin story I was waiting for. I loved meeting Nicholas for the first time in depth. It adds so much to his character and I loved getting to see the choices that caused him to become what was in the earlier books.Mercy Seat – This was the most suspenseful story of the book. I knew something crazy (more crazy than what already happened) was going to pop up and MAN it was so good when it did. Alice and Hatchet are one badass pair, and this just proved it. (hide spoiler)]I really want to go back and revisit the entire world now, so a reread of the series looks like it will be on the horizon for me quite soon.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    When Christina Henry writes a new book, and it doesn't even matter what kind of book it is, I know I want it and need it. When it is a new installment to her Alice series, I know I want and need to pre-order it and then when I find out that there will be a special edition with a signed book plate there is no way I will order the book anywhere else. And when that book comes in, there's is no way I will read another book before that one.Once more Henry managed to write four very captivating tales When Christina Henry writes a new book, and it doesn't even matter what kind of book it is, I know I want it and need it. When it is a new installment to her Alice series, I know I want and need to pre-order it and then when I find out that there will be a special edition with a signed book plate there is no way I will order the book anywhere else. And when that book comes in, there's is no way I will read another book before that one.Once more Henry managed to write four very captivating tales about dangerous situations where women save themselves or are being saved, because they are not ready yet to save themselves. And all four stories have the same message. There is a strong power somewhere inside us, the power to survive the worst of days and to get out of the most dangerous situations alive. And yet, that message is never TOO obvious. It's not just about the message.It's also about the journey, about Alice and Hatcher finally finding a place to settle down and to leave all their pain and worries and dangers behind. All four stories are in a way interconnected, even though it are very much four different stories. And all four they are building towards that one satisfying moment at the very end, when we know that if there will be more books set in this world, it will not be about Alice and Hatcher fighting darkness and monsters.And apart from creating unique characters, true to the ones Lewis Caroll created and yet original too, Henry also managed to once more bring a little of the Wonderland magic into the story. When we return to the old city, in two of the stories, we are once more confronted with the harshness of the world and with the magic brightening it a little. And the adventures outside the city make the magic bloom and show us the dark side of power and the nonsense side of creation. I know that Henry's other stories are just as amazing as her Wonderland ones, but if she ever writes another one you can be sure that once more I want to have that special edition, wherever I can get it.
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  • Fabienne Schwizer
    January 1, 1970
    I loved how this was a book of novellas, separate stories, but still interconnected through their characters and a slight overarching plot threading through. As my attention span has suffered massively through this pandemic, I've been turning to shorter fiction wherever I can, so it's been a treat to read something that is both shorter in itself, requiring less attention span, as well as part of a larger narrative.My favourite of the four must have been "Lovely Creature", with its classic portal I loved how this was a book of novellas, separate stories, but still interconnected through their characters and a slight overarching plot threading through. As my attention span has suffered massively through this pandemic, I've been turning to shorter fiction wherever I can, so it's been a treat to read something that is both shorter in itself, requiring less attention span, as well as part of a larger narrative.My favourite of the four must have been "Lovely Creature", with its classic portal fantasy atmosphere. It is written in a way that lets the reader lose themselves completely in Christina Henry's world, trying to solve the mystery of Elizabeth's heritage and magic. Most out of all of them, it is reminiscent of the original Alice in Wonderland tales in its spirit if not direct content, as well as linking back to the beginning of Christina Henry's Alice.I also really enjoyed "When I First Came to Town", another origin story, that of Hatcher. While this did not give off such strong Wonderland / fairy tale vibes, it still had an innate focus on character and character development, which continuous readers of this blog will recognise as something I look out for. In this, Hatcher was exceedingly well written, and as a reader I ached and longed with him. Sadly, I did not connect as much with the remaining two stories. Focusing on the real-time characters of Alice and Hatcher after the events of the earlier two books, it felt like they relied on reader loyalty too much. As someone who had enjoyed Alice and Red Queen quite a while ago, I have forgotten much of what happened, and thus feel quite disconnected from the characters, and it seemed like there wasn't enough effort made to move them forward, making Looking Glass hard to access for new readers.
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  • CANDICE EVANS
    January 1, 1970
    I will start this off by saying that I do not read books of novellas. For some reason they have just never appealed to me, but after having read some of Christina Henry's other works I was willing to give this one a shot, and boy am I happy I did. Before reading Looking Glass though, I HIGHLY suggest reading the first two Alice Chronicles books (Alice and Red Queen) so that you have knowledge of the characters and what is going on in the novellas of Looking Glass. Once you know and love the I will start this off by saying that I do not read books of novellas. For some reason they have just never appealed to me, but after having read some of Christina Henry's other works I was willing to give this one a shot, and boy am I happy I did. Before reading Looking Glass though, I HIGHLY suggest reading the first two Alice Chronicles books (Alice and Red Queen) so that you have knowledge of the characters and what is going on in the novellas of Looking Glass. Once you know and love the characters and their story then the 4 novellas are fantastic continuations and expansions on their stories. The first of the novellas was a great story that was based around Alices sister Elizabeth. It was extremely enjoyable because one of my big questions in the original two Alice Chronicles was what had ever happened with Alice's family and this was a great follow up. The second of the novellas was about Alice and Hatcher while they are traveling and hit a horrible snow storm and have to separate. This story had some really creepy bits and was a good display of Henry's ability to create terrifying visuals. The third story was entirely backstory for Hatcher, back when he was just Nicholas and how he became the mad Hatcher and was probably my favorite of the 4 stories. Then the final story was a very nice ending to everything and detailed Alice and Hatcher finally finding a home together. If you have read the Alice Chronicles then I 100% recommend reading Looking Glass.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I waited ages to get my fill of Alice and Hatcher and wasnt disappointed. However as this is a number of novellas and not one whole story there are pieces missing I feel. In the first story we learn of Elizabeth and her connection to Alice, but it ended far too loose end for me. Hopefully Christina will be writing a spin off about this!! The second started off good, but using the mythology and lore of the moving house I dont see where the villain came in and what his relevance to the overall I waited ages to get my fill of Alice and Hatcher and wasn’t disappointed. However as this is a number of novellas and not one whole story there are pieces missing I feel. In the first story we learn of Elizabeth and her connection to Alice, but it ended far too loose end for me. Hopefully Christina will be writing a spin off about this!! The second started off good, but using the mythology and lore of the moving house I don’t see where the villain came in and what his relevance to the overall story is? The third is a nice look at Hatchers backstory. Fantastically filling in gaps from the first two novels. The last off course bringing us our HEA but not without trials which would have been easy to turn into a longer story as I feel there was more to explore in that town. Like who was the villain and how’d she come about her powers? Overall four stars but can’t wait to see if we get to take a ride with Elizabeth (maybe ala Gregory Maguires After Alice) Def worth the read though guys don’t miss out!!!!
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