Title: Alice Takes Back Wonderland
Author: David Hammons
Date Published: September 28, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Pages: 283 pages
Status: Read from February 27 to 28, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.52
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: This review was originally posted February 28, 2016.
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After ten years of being told she can’t tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she’s going crazy. Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real.
But all is not well in Wonderland. The Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and is systematically dismantling all that makes it wonderful. Plain is replacing wondrous, logical is replacing magical, and reason is destroying madness. Alice decides she must help the Mad Hatter and all those fighting to keep Wonderland wonderful.
But how can she face such danger when she is just a girl? Alice must journey across the stars to unite an army. She discovers that fairy tales are real in the magical world beyond the rabbit hole. But they are not the fairy tales she knows.
Fairy tales have dangers and adventures of their own, and Alice must overcome the trials of these old stories if she wants to unite the lands against Ace. With the help of Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White and heroes old and new, Alice may have the strength to take back Wonderland.
I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me the eBook copy and Clare Dugmore of Curiosity Quills for providing me the physical copy of the book. Also, David D. Hammons for writing this amazing book.
Alice Takes Back Wonderland is about Alice who they thought is crazy for not being able to distinguish the difference between reality and fantasy. For ten years, she fought hard about what she believes in until one day she decided to stop. Then one day, White Rabbit decided to pay her a visit.
When she went through the rabbit hole, she found out how devastated Wonderland is and it’s because of the devious and evil Ace of Spades. That’s just … sad. I know guys. As much as I want to kill him too, we can’t. So now our badass protagonist has a mission! Save Wonderland!
“Tomorrow, Alice takes back Wonderland!”
I really liked the idea of one fairy tale character will be part of another fairy tale and all the fairy tale world will meet in one world. It’s just … maddening! And I’m running out of things to say! I haven’t read Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland or Peter Pan or any fairy tales for that matter but I watched those when I was a child, even now, so I know how the story goes and how it will end.
I must say that I did not like the changes because I … freakin’ LOVE it! All the fairy tales that I adore combined into one book. I seriously love everything about this book. I love how I excitingly wait for another fairy tale character to be introduced.
The pace was extraordinary. It’s not slow nor fast. It’s somewhere in between that will make you anticipate what’s going to happen next. David D. Hammons, the amazing author of this book, wrote the scenes in a way I could imagine them perfectly without damaging my brain. The other amazing thing is that I could connect to every one of the characters that were introduced. It felt like I’m a thousand people just by reading this book. It’s just astonishing that someone could write as breathtaking as this book.
It was such a fun read and I hope I’m not getting mad. Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone I see and will encounter. I think I’ll be talking about this book for weeks. And oddly enough, I’ve been reading the whole book with a British accent. How mad can I get?
“But we’re all mad here, Alice, remember?”
While visiting Cambridge during my time studying abroad, I tried to sneak into C. S. Lewis’s old apartment. I wanted to stand where the old master stood. I wanted to glean bits of imagination that no-doubt still clung to those walls. A locked door barred my path, and I fled to the safety of the campus pub.
It has been my goal to live a life that is notable as the life of that master of writing. I’ve climbed the slopes of Machu Picchu, swam in Loch Ness, smuggled ice cream into China, and made moonshine in my hometown. I studied writing and business in school, and gave up a position in my family’s Black Walnut company to chase my dream. Life, if you make it so, can be an adventure.
Despite all my adventures, there is no greater journey than that which can be found in a book. It was cartoons that got me into writing, works meant for children that as an adult fascinated me with their joyful outlook. It was the old masters, Lewis, Tolkien, Hemmingway, Vonnegut, who challenged me to live an adventure of a life, and then write even greater adventures in books. Perhaps one day I’ll make it into that old Cambridge apartment. Perhaps one day I’ll be invited.
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