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July 25, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

broken princeThese Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

My Review:

Broken Prince is the second book in the Royals series by Paper Princess and takes place immediately after where Paper Princess ends. I would definitely recommend that all readers start out with the first book and don’t just right into Broken Prince. These are not standalone NA books and need to be read in order. Otherwise, you’re going to miss a bunch of important stuff.

Unlike Paper Princess, Broken Prince starts out with Reed’s POV and alternates between Ella and Reed’s POVs throughout the entire book. Upside: we got to learn more about Reed. Downside: books with alternating POVs are never as good as they could be. It’s sort of awkward to be jostled around to several different POVs. The only way it’s going to work is if the authors pull a 50 shades of grey and rewrite the entire first book from Reed’s POV. I’m obviously not a very big fan of books that alternate POVs.

For the most part, Broken Prince was absolutely amazing. However, it wasn’t as good as Paper Princess. That slightly disappointed me because Paper Princess was SO GOOD that I expected the very same from Broken Princess. No. That’s not right. I expected more. I expected to be mind blown and to not be able to put the book down. While I did stay up until 1:30 am reading this book, I did take quite a few breaks. Unlike with Paper Princess where I read the book straight through with barely any bathroom breaks to help me survive.

Don’t get me wrong. I did LOVE this book. However, I thought it was slightly odd how Ella went from HATING Reed to LOVING Reed without really any breaks inbetween. I was waiting for a pivotal moment that never happened. A moment where Ella would open her door, see Reed, and then allow him in her room. A crucial moment between Ella and Reed that would tear the hearts out of readers. Instead, it just sort of….happened. No pivotal moment. No heart-wrenching scene. Nothing that crushed my heart into little pebbles. With all the build up of Ella absolutely despising Reed, I was super let down. I expected more.

Another thing that I wish I would have seen was more appearances from both the twins and Gideon. Let me say this: the authors either need to decide to 1) give each of them their own book or, 2) Give them a bunch of show time in the third book. There is so much going on with the side characters and, honestly, I like some of the better than Ella and Reed. Decisions need to be made. I’m going to be pissed if I get to the third book and their stories aren’t told or choppily done so. I was also a little peeved off that Easton didn’t get much show time. All of the side characters seemed to get a lot of page time in Paper Princess and crazy ignored in Broken Prince.

On a more positive note, I thought this book was FULL of action! From beginning to end, I was absolutely hooked on the storyline.  Do I think some areas needed to be more defined? Yes. Do I think this book rocked my socks off? Yes.

The ending of this book…….wow. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but I will say that it will leave readers DYING for the third book. Most readers are probably going to be extra shocked. I actually saw a lot of it coming. I wish that I would have been a littttttle more shocked than I was. However, it left off with a really strong ending that left the third book open for so many possibilities.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book. I know that I had a lot to grumble about but that’s mostly just because I love this series SO MUCH that I have SO MUCH to say! Don’t get me wrong, though, I 100% recommend this series for all readers! However, I might recommend that you wait until all three books are released….

Rating: : ★★★★☆mu

Book Reviews
July 23, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

cinderHumans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 

 

My Review:

First off, I would like to give a huge thanks to my Secret Sis for getting this book for me! I know, I know. I’m really way behind the times with this series!

I’ve had it stuck in my head for a long time that I don’t like retellings. I can only presume that this opinion stems from the fact that I’m really not the biggest fan of fairy tales to begin with. Why I thought that had anything to do with YA books is beyond me. Cinder is a YA Cinderella retelling and, let me tell you, I LOVED IT. I loved every single moment of it!

Even though I loved Cinder, it did take me a little bit to get into the book. This probably resulted from two different reasons: 1) The first so many chapters were a little slow moving. Nothing major and it didn’t take very long for the story to pick up, but it was a little slow to progress into awesomeness. 2) I honestly just haven’t read very many YA books this year. Cinder is probably like the second or third YA books that I’ve read in about seven months. Since I’ve read close to 60 books this year, you can probably see the gap. I’ve been so stuck on the NA and adult contemporary genres that YA hasn’t really appealed to me. So, even when I decided that I loved this series, it was a little difficult to put my other amazing books down. I’m glad I did, though, because this book rocked!

Science fiction, dystopia, and steampunk genres don’t often appeal to me. It’s just a fact about me: I’m really not the biggest fan of those genres and usually avoid them. Honestly, that’s probably why I didn’t read this series when it first came out. The synopsis just didn’t really appeal to me. After years of other bloggers and readers telling me how amazing this series is, though, I broke down. I put it on my wish list. Let me tell you, I’m glad I did! Even though the above listed genres are incorporated into this book, I would probably lump it more as a retelling with those subgenres. Retellings are a genre of their own, so that makes sense to me. My mom read this book before me and tried to tell me that it was high fantasy………..it’s not. I think sometimes she forgets that, even though she’s read some really cool high fantasy books in the past, I probably have several hundred books on her record. So, if someone tries to tell you that this is high fantasy, please just ignore them. This book is amazing in it’s own right, but it is NOT high fantasy!

Cinder and Kai were amazing leads! I was a bit disappointed that their relationship was a bit cliché. Their moves and actions were fairly predictable. I also would have liked to see maybe some more character development and growth. Same goes for the supporting characters. Everyone kind of stayed at the same pace and not much growth happened from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. This really wasn’t a major complaint for me throughout the book, but it was something that I definitely recognized.

On a more positive note, I really enjoyed some of the twists and turns that happened throughout Cinder. There were some things that happened that I just didn’t see coming. In contrast, there were definitely some roll of the eye moments going on. Some times that happened were definitely a little too predictable for my taste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am very excited to read the rest of the books in this series and to see how it progresses!

Rating: : ★★★★☆

 

 

Book Reviews
October 1, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

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spinning starlightAbout the Book

Title: SPINNING STARLIGHT

Author: R.C. Lewis

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Pages: 336

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired. Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead. Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back? Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’sThe Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow.

 

 

About R.C.:

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R.C. Lewis teaches math to teenagers—sometimes in sign language, sometimes not—so whether she’s a science geek or a bookworm depends on when you look. That may explain why her characters don’t like to be pigeonholed. Coincidentally, R.C. enjoys reading about quantum physics and the identity issues of photons.

 

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Giveaway Details:

 

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Week One:
9/28/2015- Fangirlish- Interview
9/29/2015- A Backwards Story- Review
9/30/2015- Supernatural Snark- Guest Post
10/1/2015- YaReads- Review
10/2/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

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10/5/2015- Pandora’s Books- Review
10/6/2015- Bookhounds ya- Guest Post
10/7/2015- Just Commonly- Review
10/8/2015- Mundie Moms- Interview
10/9/2015- Please Feed The Bookworm- Review

 

My Review:

I was instantly drawn to this book as soon as I saw who the author was. I first worked with R.C Lewis during the 2014 debut authors bash. I’ll be honest, I have a soft spot for all of my debut authors, and I’m always interested in reading their books! The fact that Spinning Starlight is a companion novel to Stitching Snow was just another perk. That’s right, this is a companion! So, you don’t have to read them in order. And if you haven’t even heard of this series, yet, then you now have two awesome books to read!

What I love about this book is how high-tech it is. There’s so much technology and out of world experiences in this book, and I think that will be a huge hit for readers (especially sci-fi and dystopia lovers!) I will admit that I was a little confused in some parts over what was what and who was who and what was going on. Part of that was probably my own problem, because I’m just not very used to reading sci-fi. However, I did really appreciate the implementation of new technology and a broad range of technological concepts relating to other worlds and discoveries.

One thing that bothered me a little bit was that Liddi couldn’t speak because of the device in her throat that would kill her brothers if she spoke one word. For me, personally, I need a lot of interactions in my books. I’ve read a couple books where the main character isn’t able to talk, and it bothers me every single time. On the other hand,  I thought that it was really cool to witness Liddi learn how to write and interact with a whole different culture than she was accustomed to. The author made it seem so real while I was reading about it. I had a complete visual in my head of what was occurring during each scene.

I’m going to be the first one to raise my hand and admit that I absolutely despise fairy tale retellings. When I started reading this book, I must have skimmed over the fact that this is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans. Let me tell you right now, that I had no idea this was  a fairy tale retelling until I read the synopsis while creating this post. If you’re not sure about that statement, that’s a huge compliment coming from me. The author made this book her own. I didn’t feel in any way that this was a knock off or a cheap recreation. I loved that I had no idea that this was a retelling and that the author made it her own.

I would definitely recommend this book to sci fi and dystopia lovers. If you haven’t read the first book, then make a date of it and pick both of them up! I think that readers are going to be extremely impressed with the high tech gadgets that this book incorporates into the plot.

 

Check out R.C. Lewis’ 2014 debut authors bash stop HERE

Book Reviews
September 23, 2014 posted by Nichole

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

20359699A powerful and provocative collection of fifty free-verse poems juxtaposing fairy tales with the life of a modern teenage girl. Inspired by the stories we grow up on, but presented with the piercing truth of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins, this is a book for every young woman. Includes evocative black-and-white photographs throughout.

“Simply phenomenal. Heppermann’s honest voice grabs the reader with urgency. This collection is a champion for teens and adults who see our world as an advertisement for perfection that doesn’t exist. Readers will want to read these poems aloud over and over again.”—A. S. King, Printz Honor author of Reality Boy and Ask the Passengers

Every little girl goes through her princess phase, whether she wants to be Snow White or Cinderella, Belle or Ariel. But then we grow up. And life is not a fairy tale. Cruelties come not just from wicked stepmothers, but from ourselves. There are expectations, pressures, judgment, and criticism. Self-doubt and self-esteem. But there are also friends, and sisters, and a whole hell of a lot of power, there for the taking. In fifty free-verse poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head-on. Using fairy tale characters and tropes, Poisoned Apples explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, their friends. The poems range from contemporary retellings to first-person accounts set within the original tales, and from deadly funny to deadly serious. Complemented throughout with black-and-white photographs from up-and-coming photographers, this is a stunning and sophisticated book to be treasured, shared, and paged through again and again.

 

My Review:

Ok….here’s the thing: I really wanted to like this book. However, the description and the cover led me to believe that it was going to be poetry about fairy tales. I guess, in a way, someone might be able to see the relationship between the poems, pictures, and fairy tales. I, however, did not. I don’t understand why this is being called a fairy tale retelling. This is definitely more of a contemporary, feminist poetry book. So, I definitely feel a little cheated and lied to.

Another thing I don’t understand is why this book is going to be released in hardback for almost $20. This book is only 128 pages, and I read half of the book in 30 minutes. Maybe I’m missing something? I definitely don’t understand what’s going on with this book.

The poetry itself didn’t blow my mind. I didn’t feel the feels or cry the tears. I didn’t feel much of anything. To be fair, I’m not the biggest fan of poetry. However, I do appreciate Ellen Hopkins’ work, and the poetry in this book came nowhere close to that level. I appreciated the fact that the poetry took on a feminist approach and detailed the struggles of females. On the negative side of that, though, I feel that women were almost made out to be victims. Another thing, too, is that this book is pretty much about the females. I’m not saying that men won’t read and appreciate the book, but I didn’t like how it significantly leaned toward one specific gender.

I read an EARC of this on my Nook, so the picture quality is hard for me to judge. Some of the pictures didn’t come in very clearly and some weren’t even there yet. That’s going to be very different in the finished copy of the book. The pictures that came in clearly, I found very confusing and sloppy. It almost seemed like pictures just thrown in for a classroom assignment. I need to stress that I’m not a fan of poetry and art. There are going to be people who really appreciate those aspects of this book.

Overall, I wasn’t a fan. I DNFd it half way through the book. I was really annoyed that I could have finished the whole thing in probably under and hour, and I was especially annoyed that I didn’t get to read about what I expected to read. Originally, I was very excited to read a fairy tale poetry book. I’m sorry, but these were not fairy tales. I’m just a little confused by the whole thing.

 

Pages: 128

Publication Date: September 23rd 2014 

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Rating: DNF

 

Book Reviews
May 30, 2014 posted by Emma

Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. 

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

 

The first thing that you need to know is that I’m obsessed with the story of Robin Hood. I’ve always loved any Robin Hood movie (but especially the Disney version), have read tons of books about him, and I even lived in Nottingham, England for 4 months (with plenty of hiking through Sherwood Forest). So obviously when I heard about Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, I was over the moon. A Robin Hood retelling told through the eyes of a girl thief pretending to be a boy? Yes, please!

Unfortunately, while I did enjoy a lot of aspects of this novel, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

My biggest problem was with the heroine, Scarlet (or Will Scarlet as she’s known). At times I was totally in love with her, cause she was feisty, kick-ass, and didn’t take any crap from anyone. But at the same time, there were some very real moments when I wanted to throat-punch her. She was really, really mouthy and a little obnoxious sometimes. Her temper was through the roof for like 90% of the book, and she’d get set off for literally the tiniest things. And here’s the thing! I love my heroines feisty and bold. BUT Scarlet crossed the line from blunt into plain old annoying.

As for the love triangle (yes, there’s a love triangle, folks) between Scarlet, Robin, and Little John, I just wasn’t buying it. First off, Robin Hood was not the same Robin Hood that I love. He was quiet and angsty, with very little of the sass that is expected from Robin Hood, and it was honestly not very attractive. And then Little John was straight up an asshole. He was basically always rude to Scarlet, but then about halfway through a switch seems to flip in his head and all of a sudden he decides he wants her. I wasn’t believing a word of it, especially since through most of it he’s this notorious womanizer.

Finally, Scarlet’s accent/dialect drove me CRAZY. She talked like a back-country hick (except English), with sentences like “He were mighty attractive to me.” That’s how the entire book is written. But oddly enough, nobody else seems to talk this way…they all speak in proper English. Which makes NO sense, because Scarlet of all people should speak properly due to what you find out about her character at the end.

All in all, I enjoyed parts of this book. I liked the unique take on the story of Robin Hood and I liked the way that the author’s storytelling was very quick and full of suspense. There was tons of action and I loved reading about it, even if I wasn’t a fan of the characters. Some people may really enjoy this series and want to check it out, but it wasn’t for me.

Pages: 292

Date Published: February 14, 2012

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book Reviews
January 28, 2014 posted by Nichole

Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

15839984Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

 

Cruel Beauty started out really good. I was in love with the whole Beauty and the Beast retelling concept, and the first few chapters of it really just blew my mind. The writing and settings were beautifully created, the twists and turns were mind blowing, and it was just so beautiful.

One of the things that I didn’t like about Cruel Beauty was that it was more complex that it really needed to be. I would have preferred a much more simple story about Beauty and the Beast. I wanted it almost to be on the contemporary side, light and refreshing. Obviously, there needs to be a huge paranormal aspect to the story, but I really wanted a lighter story that more focused on the romance and the transformations. Instead, there were way too many elements. I didn’t like some of the twists and turns. I really didn’t like Shade, either. It was a little messy.

As far as characters go, I really didn’t fall in love with anyone except for Ignifex. I loved him. However, I couldn’t stand the main girl, Nyx. She was really whiny and annoying, and sometimes it felt like she had no personality at all. I found myself skimming and speed reading to parts that featured Ignifex. I would recommend this book simply for him.

Another thing that I didn’t like about the characters was that the names were really difficult for me. I had a really hard time pronouncing all the names actually, except for Shade. I hate that in books. I really do. If I’m reading a high fantasy, then it’s expected. But I wasn’t reading a high fantasy. For this genre and this story, I would have preferred that the characters had names that didn’t give me a headache trying to pronounce.

I thought that some of the things that happened in Cruel Beauty were really cool and really shouted out that WOW factor! Again, I thought that the book could have done without those things because I wanted a lighter story, but the thought and creativity behind some of the things that happened in this book were ridiculously amazingly thought out.

Another thing about this book is that it’s very insta-lovey and it includes a pretty big, complicated love triangle from the very get go. I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle, because it didn’t happen that way in the original story. I didn’t like how quick they fell in love. I wanted to see a little more build up there.

Fans of Splintered by A.G. Howard will absolutely adore this book. There’s a lot of detail, romance, and twists and turns that are going to create a large fanbase.  I did like the book. However, it was a little too confusing and messy for my personal tastes. I would read chunks of the book that I just didn’t understand. So, I spent a lot of time wondering what the hell was actually going on. I also didn’t like all the myths and legends that populated this book. I would skim those sections, because I didn’t want to read about them. I also didn’t think that they really pertained to the story itself. However, I had the same problems with Splintered. I could tell that it was beautifully done, but it was just too much for my brain to process.

 

Pages: 352

Publication Date: January 28th, 2013

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

Splintered – A.G. Howard
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December 30, 2012 posted by Nichole

Splintered – A.G. Howard

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Praise for Splintered: 
“Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read…”
–Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original.”
–Booklist

Going into Splintered I felt mixed emotions. First, I was excited. The cover was beautiful and the book sounded like a fun, joyful adventure. On the other hand, I have never been a big fan of Alice and Wonderland. I think it’s a cheesy tale. Alice and Wonderland is really just some guys adventures of taking pills and being stoned, and…man…it’s just a weird tale. So, I was a little bit nervous to read the book. I actually ended up feeling both emotions….as well as many others….let’s see if I can describe them all in one review.

I really liked Splintered before they entered Wonderland. I thought that the relationships and characters were strong and well thought out. I also really enjoyed the storyline involving Alyssa’s mother. There is something really poetic about a mother turning herself into a nutcase to protect her family, and I really enjoyed watching that relationship. Even without Wonderland being added to the mix, I was always on the tip of my toes, bouncing up and down to find out what would happen next.

I have got to give it up to A.G. Howard for creativity and flat out brilliance! I have read a lot of books in my lifetime, and never have I ran across an author who dedicated so much time to detail. Not only that, but she didn’t screw it up. Howard’s descriptions really made me feel as if I was in the story. Scratch that. I felt like I was watching a movie happen right in front of me. I’ve never experienced that before, and I really appreciated it.

Now let’s get down to the characters. Let’s start with Alyssa. She wasn’t my favorite main character of all time, but she was definitely unique. I loved how she was her own person. She dressed the way she wanted to, she could hear the bugs and plants speak to her, she was just……not your average girl. It was a little creepy to read about how she killed all sorts of bugs. I didn’t find any humor or creativity in that. Instead, I was just plain grossed out. I’m all for animals, and while bugs really aren’t animals…….I wasn’t ok with reading about them getting tortured. It made sense with the storyline….but Alyssa lost some major points for being a bug killer and, well…weird.

Let’s move on to Jeb, Alyssa’s neighbor and secret crush. Jeb also accompanies Alyssa to Wonderland. Yeahhhh…I didn’t like Jeb at all. Infact, I very much disliked him. I found him very controlling, and I really didn’t appreciate how he treated Alyssa like a fragile piece of glass that couldn’t protect herself. Worst of all? Alyssa put it up with it! I judge relationships very intensely in books and in real life. I don’t put up with girls and women who put men before themselves or act like lost little puppets who can’t fend for themselves. That’s how that relationship went, and I did not like it. It may be the feminist in me, but I think that this is something that needs to leave both books and movies. Men are not dominant to women. Women are not weak girls who need to rely on men. For once I want to see a strong, powerful female that demands respect and equality from the men around her.

Morpheus was definitely my favorite character, but I still didn’t fall head over heels in love with him. Honestly, I wasn’t able to feel a connection between him and Alyssa, which made it really awkward since he was supposed to be one of the guys in the love triangle. His character was really cool, and I definitely couldn’t get enough of him, but….the chemistry was lacking.

Before reading this book I had heard mixed reviews due to the love triangle. Some people said that there was too much romance. I wouldn’t agree with that. Actually, I felt that there wasn’t enough romance due to the lack of chemistry between the characters. I wish that I would have seen more from all three of the main characters. Also, I felt that the book was a little long for what it was. It could have been shortened a bit and maybe that would have helped with keeping my attention a bit more.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. Did I love it? No, but I liked it. As I said before, Alice and Wonderland is not something that I usually go out of my way to read about or watch. There was a little bit too much detail for my taste, but I did acknowledge that that detail was amazingly executed. I also didn’t connect with the characters as much as I wanted. Fantasy lovers and younger teenagers should definitely give this book a try.

 

Pages: 384

Publication Date: January 1st, 2013

Publisher: Amulet Books

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

 

Teaser Quote: “Tearing down the rest of the world won’t make you happy. Look inside yourself. Because finding who you were meant to be? What you were put into this world to do? That’s what fills the emptiness. It’s the only things that can.”