Number of Pgs.: 371Publication date: January 1, 2013
After talking about how excited I was for this book for almost a full year...
I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I almost DNFed this book.
Why you ask? I was having trouble getting into the story. The first half of the book was kind of slow and there was hardly any action. I was confused because I thought I signed up for a book that took place in Wonderland and I didn't want to wait 100 pages to get there. Once I got past the first half of the book I literally could not put it down. I read the last 200 pages in one sitting and stayed up late. It wasn't until the last few chapters that I was incredibly hooked and decided I'd continue the series. I havvveee to know who Alyssa decides to be with and what Wonderland holds in the future.
Alyssa was such a unique character. She's more of a tomboy which you hardly ever see in YA, even books where the main character is kick ass. Alyssa skateboards, blue highlights and dreadlocks her hair(is that even a verb?). Once she's in Wonderland she has a pretty funky outfit that I plan to try to create for my next Passion for Bookish Fashion so keep an eye out for that. It involves striped socks! I found it hard to connect with her character though. I think she didn't really have any layers. Even though she was unique she was kind of bland. Her character did really grow up and change which I enjoyed watching.
Morpheus was that character that you want to punch in the face and make out with all at the same time. He kind of reminded me of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. I had a hard time picturing what he looked like though. But he had a british accent so does it really matter?!
I had a few problems with Wonderland too. I had a hard time picturing it. I felt like there was more emphasis on plot than anything else. And I'm one of those people that likes enough description that I can picture the surroundings and characters. I'm not really familiar with the original story except from the Disney and Tim Burton films, but I thought it was cleverly different from the movies. It took all the elements and made them a little darker and different. Like the White Rabbit is really Rabid White, a sickly gross creature.
"it was adrenaline. That's all. We were just happy to be alive. No worries. What happens in Wonderland stays in Wonderland ,right?-140
"find your courage. Look down. Your show is about to begin."
I shake my head, eyes clamped tightly. "we're too high...it makes my stomach kick."
He laughs and inhales a puff off the hookah then blows the smoke over me,saturating me in the comforting scent. "that's how you know you're alive, Alydda. The kicks."-174
I met her on a twitter chat the other night and she's really nice!