3.5 out of 5 stars
★ ★ ★ ★
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.
Originally, this was going to be a review, but I read this so long ago it’d be impossible for my review to make any sense. So, I’m just going to do a recommendation. This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a masterful twist that will keep you entertained, the bad is that it was really slow at certain points. But the best thing about this is Morpheus. Ugh, I fell in super-love with his character and I can’t wait to read book two.