The Patriot Bride g32518 ON SALE for 199 When I first read ALICE I had a hard time categorizing it It was Victorian but it wasn t steampumk It was horror ish Fortunately it very obviously a retelling so at least I had that BUT Just having read this article I can now solidly identify it at DREADPUNKrins creepilyReviewed by Rabid Reads45 starsT Welcome to the rimy tales of Alice in Darkland Team of Alice and Hatcher or let s call them ALCHER are etting out of the asylum for avenging the people who put them there and leave for nearly 10 freaking yearsAlice was raped by a rabbit and she retaliated by taking his eye with the knife as like the rabbit put an ugly knife scar across the cheeks to mark her She ran away in front of the horrified servants of rabbit but her own family disowned her so the only person helped her to survive throughout her asylum years was Hatcher who also witnessed the massacre of his wife and kidnapping of his own daughterTeam Alcher reminds you of Natural Born Killers Mickey and Mallory or You s Joe and Love but their only resemblance is being blood thirsty killers They re not sociopaths stalkers obsessive psychopaths Both of them keeps their light and Inventing the Future goodness inside but the traumatic experiences and abandonment made them who they are right nowThis retelling is dirty irritating nerve bendingraphic brutal It s even darker than Grimm Brothers stories There are massacres rape illegal Understanding Women girl trafficking cannibalism violent murders You feel like you just stepped into the dark side of the moonAt some parts I couldn t decide if I should be afraid of the monsters of the books or inner monsters of the normal people who took control of them for diving into violent acts When Alcher leaves the asylum they accidentally freed one of the most dangerous creature Jabberwocky out there But at some parts we see that Alice can control Jabberwock so does it make her terrifying creatureWhen Alice follows her bloodyruesome vulgar path she turns into Tarantino s Bride from Kill Bill and starts her avenging ame Her partners in crime Hatcher accompanied her at everywhere they saved each other s lives and at the end we understand their stories didn t end so farThis one is exciting heart throbbing but also mind numbing and definitely so much bloody journey that I can ever imagine Yes this story should be adapted into series but only Tarantino s direction can deal with so much blood violence rottennessI loved the first book and I m so ready to dive into second one even though there are mixed reviews and heavy criticism about the direction of the story Let s read and decide about it With Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll has created a world that has taken root in many people s minds Wonderland s mysterious inhabitants have entrenched themselves into our dreams as soon as we heard or read about them It should come as no surprise then that this realm has spawned millions of references not to mention the abundance of stories that sprouted in other minds with Disney twists and darker turns but always with the Cheshire s rin somewhere lurking about When I read Lewis Carroll s work for myself I came away a bit disappointed The story felt too disjointed the characters not relatable enough and beyond the first moments of awe through encountering such strange creatures and absurd landscapes lay a feeling of anticlimax Maybe it s the vivid and highly appealing image that has been painted of Wonderland or maybe it s the feeling that could be discovered in the white rabbits s burrow but despite my disillusionment something about the story keeps fascinating me I think the true power of Wonderland is found in how it works differently in everybody s imagination For some the set pieces that were created here have become molds for their own dreams Wonderland being a river bed through which their own fantasies run their course For me Wonderland used to be that place where imagination has one
the farthest a horizon for my daydreams Recently it also "Felt That It S "that it s farthest a horizon for my daydreams Recently it also felt that it s where has ot the longest way ahead of it as I dream of taking a left where Alice has taken a right Christina Henry is one of the many authors to have decided that could be done with Wonderland and her take on the matter has been largely met with praise When I started this book I was skeptical of an author who had to make use of a mold to The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, get her story out there On the other hand there is no better mold than the one that sot Made in Wonderland etched on the bottom so I decided to Inverloch Volume 4 give it a try And at first I was highly entertained Thereen The Good and Beautiful God grassy hills made way for an industrial city the sparkling blue rivers have been replaced byreen sludge and the merry cast of characters have become either bruised and battered victims or terrifying monsters Alice herself is no longer the curious irl but a scared scarred and confused woman who has to deal with the trauma of rape while being locked away in a mental institution Dark clouds ather fires erupt and another tumble down the rabbit hole ensues only this time it s oing to be bloodyBut as with the original my initial enthusiastic feelings did not endure Four stars became three and as I wrote this review it even dropped to two This is because at some point the narrative was showing some symptoms of the Young Adult Literature disease The first symptom overexplanation spoonfeeding of interpretations making the implicit needlessly explicit Juicy lines that are meant to rab the reader s interest are
Put In Italics Just To in italics just to sure you can t miss their The Horse in Celtic Culture genius Where Lewis Carroll left a lot of silhouettes in his shrouds of mystery Christina Henry drags them out into the spotlight and explains them away Nothing is left up to the imagination As if it wasn t bad enough that the once magical characters suddenly had to have something as ridiculously mundane as motives these motives also had to be clarified In my book that s akin to blasphemy in Wonderland The second symptom bitterness I don t know if it s a YA thing specifically or a recent trend in literature as a whole but the few stories I have read in theenre carry with them a certain bitterness that oes well with the dark atmosphere in which the protagonists wallow a darkness that was specifically designed to account for such a supposedly mature sentiment Like any bitterness it carries whiffs of pomposity and leads to a certain class of philosophies such as an eye for an eye that sound all the pertinent and alluring due to all the emotional baggage the reader is asked to hold on toAs a side symptom the bitterness as ever crowned with a false sense of moral highground and intellectual superiority allowed the author to make a villain out of practically every character While it was innovative to see the Walrus depicted as a ruthless anglord in the beginning it Every Boys Dream got old very uickly as all the other characters were made into something similar during the course of this story This book felt and like black paint being splashed on a painting of a beautiful landscape Darkness was spilled all over the place to such an extent that one wonders why the author didn t choose to do it on a blank canvas instead of spoiling such a pretty place Iuess for many it s the contrast that makes it work It did for a long time for me too but in the end there was little contrast left as darkness filled the entire frame I hoped this story would have been about coping about wonderment after disillusionment or about finding comfort in magic as cold real. In a warren of crumbling buildings called the Old City a hospital echoes with the screams of the poor souls inside Inside there is a woman Her hair on.
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Disturbing retellings I have ever read The author ets extremely creative with this world weaving in characters we recognize from the original Alice in Wonderland but telling a very different kind of story If you like your retellings to stay close to the original then don t waste your time with Alice it is very differentThe world created here is not our world and it is not Wonderland It s a horor fantasy style setting in a fictional place called the Old City Ever since Alice returned to her parents after oing missing as a child with blood running down her legs missing memories and strange inexplicable abilities she has been deemed mad Years later she s in a hospital Her only friend is Hatcher the man who talks to her from the next cell and also remembers very little of his life before And then one night a fire at the hospital sets them both free but their suffering is far from overAfter escaping they see a shadow of a monster watching them and somehow Hatcher knows what it means the Jabberwock is free And there is only one way to kill him To find it Alice and Hatcher are forced deep into the bowels of the Old City a place run by overlords the Walrus the Carpenter the Caterpillar and Cheshire And somewhere in the darkness of this city fuelled by pain and misery there lies the truth about Alice s forgotten past The Rabbit waits for herThese names may be familiar but favourite characters become terrifyingly monstrous in the author s hands I don t want to sugar coat it in the slightest this book is an adult A Succession of Bad Days gory and sometimes upsetting fairytale If you are disturbed by Brom s The Child Thief or Margo Lanagan s Tender Morsels then you will not like this book Take this uote about airl who has been bought tortured and displayed for amusement The wings were not attached to her shoulders by straps The The Multi-Orgasmic Man girl s back had been cut from the top of her shoulder to the bottom of her rib cage on both sides of her spine The beautiful butterfly wings were neatly sewn into the exposed muscle As theirl flexed her shoulders the wings would beat That is the kind of book this is I also need to offer a huge trigger warning Wendy already mentioned this but there is a lot of rape in this book At the end I felt like I understood why the author chose to include it and why it had importance in the story but that didn t make it any less disturbing to read But if you can stomach it this is definitely worth the read Very imaginative magical creepy and horrifying A beautifully written little nightmareBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest Bring it Alice I m not scared Oh how I should haveTRIGGER WARNING Graphic rape a lot and violence By no means is Alice a flawless book and I m not onna lie the first chapters if they hooked me confused me as hell in the same time Who are these people What do they want What are their relationships like Where the fuck are they What s this world where human traffic rape and violence are common practices where the awful way women are treated makes me want to scream To be honest I always thought that Alice in Wonderland was weird as fuck and developed in an undercurrent of crazy violence and here Well Christina Henry sure pictured the characters we know in the most terrifying light I love this kind of 35 I wish I were a magicianI d find all those lost irls and bring them home I d take all those men who hurt those The Great Passage girls and make them cry Woah This adds an entire new dimension to the word dark If you can think of somethingruesome or violent or harrowing it s probably in this bookI read Lost Boy by Christina Henry and although that story contained murder and fighting and battle it wasn t nearly on the same scale as Alice was This bordered on horror for me at leastAlice and Hatcher met while in a mental institution Both have committed horrific crimes though Alice can remember very little of her past something to do with a rabbit and being kidnapped When the chance for them to escape arises they rasp it with both hands and leg it However a shadow monster the Jabberwocky has also escaped the institution and seems to be following themAlice and Hatcher
find a way destroy the Jabberwocky passing through the many areas of the Old City meeting some familiar characters but not as you would remember them Alice is aMust Find A Way
far cry from the timid young irl wecry from the timid young Off Leash (Freelance Familiars Book 1) girl we from Lewis Carroll s stories and from Disney This Alice has seen some horrors and will do whatever necessary to surviveI did find this book entertaining albeit slightly sickening in places I ll say I still preferred Lost Boy as it remained truer to the original story than this one did But I liked it enough that I will order the seuel from the library and see what happens to Alice and Hatcher next She must start believing in impossible things for impossible things kept appearing before her eyes Review 1255Well as a retelling that did a rather curious jobI was so excited to read this book It s even on my can t wait to read shelf There is something about the idea of a retelling in which Alice has escaped from an asylum that so fits the wondrous aura of the original book Yet this did not stick to any of the plot points truly Which was very disappointing I imagine it would be extremely difficult to manufacture a narrative from the nearly unrelated curiosities of the original Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton certainly struggled but it seemed like the only thing this attempt did was take some namesIt seems that this is not the only shared factor between Tim Burton s adaptation and Christina Henry s Both focus upon the plotline of Alice defeating the Jabberwocky which is somewhat ridiculous if you think about it Both reuire a certain blade to kill it Both have weird sexualizations of the plot points which is so odd because the original Alice is a CHILD Especially Henry s the entirety of the book was centered upon human trafficking for prostitution and sexual assault Both have significantly aged Alices perhaps to fit this Maybe Henry was adapting Burton s take on the book rather than the book itself It all came off as very plagiarizedThings specifically that bugged me about Henry s take Alice travels with her middle aged mental institution next door neighbor whom she is in love with for some reason He to the best of my detection is not modeled upon a character The Rabbit is a villain the main one and does not share any attributes with the original White Rabbit In fact it seems that Henry may have intended the Rabbit to mean the March Hare Everyone in the book is a villain and there is a strange incorporation of characters from Through the Looking Glass but not the important ones Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum and the chess pieces for exampleo undiscussed Maybe in the next books In I Walk in Dread general it was so frustrating to try to compare this book to the original because it didn t add up And that is all the fun of retellingsAfter 291 pages of unspeakable violence the ending of this book was unbelievably anticlimactic We follow Alice and Hatcher her extremely old my only character trait is I m a crazy murderer love interest as they battle their way to the two boss characters the Rabbit and the Jabberwocky I don t want to spoil anything so I ll just say we encounter theseuys for a total of the last dozen pages Very frustrating God I m so upset by how much I hated this What a cool concept entirely dashedBottom line if you like very violent books you may like this If you like retellings you will not I sure didn. One night a fire at the hospital ives the woman a chance to escape leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years Ity chills your bones but it became something else altogether This is a bitter tale of vengeance Magic love and mystery are just some tiny sprinkles added on this ultimately cold and saltless dish and the abundance of blood does little to hide the lack of tension My final assessment thus becomes two stars as a testament to the Cheshire s enduring rin while the rest vanished into darkness SAY HELLO to one of the creepiest retellings ever writtenI didn t think it was Tempting Meredith (Lovers and Friends, gross or anything of the like but it is really unmistakably disturbing And that s fun Witnessing the new somber Alice kill a bunch of murderers completely captured my attention Crazy thing is she still keeps a sliver of innocence through all of that Maybe because compared to her friend THE Hatcher she s a sweetheart But she really made me think of a fallen angel ready for vengeance and who would stop at nothing toet what they want EhehehI recall the author did not put much emphasis on the appearance of Hatcher or Alice for a matter of fact not that we need it so I basically imagined my own sexy Hatcher He s ten years older than Alice and that s a downer in my opinion I reckon he is in his forties and very much feels his age His being serious all the time seriously never helps in making him sound younger Plus I don t remember him ever cracking a joke Ever He s all about intense Inside MacPaint glares deep speeches and killing people of courseChristina Henry s writing style is one that will one day make her an international best selling author She might not know it yet but I have a strong feeling that will happen if she keeps writing books asood as this one I am a very hard rader on what I believe MAKES a story the characters But Miss Henry passed the exam with a beautiful mark shall I add As you know this is a retelling of Alice s Adventures in Wonderland a book I was never a fan of So the majority of the protagonists and antagonists we see are from Wonderland Except funny thing is the author decided to transform the animals we see in the classic into humans So the Cheshire cat is not really a cat None fully keep their former personalities seeing that they are considerably mischievous in here if not completely mad and devious but you ll still recognize them in their estures and voicesSomething I thought was undeniably ridiculous was how easily Alice kills her targets It s not that she s skilled or anything although she does show a promising career in assassination but she s just so weirdly lucky She means to kill someone and because she takes them by surprise they re dead before they can even flinch Or she stabs them in the back before they even hear the flicker of a movement behind them They never put up a fight A tiny bit unrealistic if you ask me How is it that I always end up my reviews on a negative paragraph I promise to start with the flaws and end with the wonders next time This book is worth it And you DON T even have to like Alice s Adventures in Wonderland to enjoy it But you do need to manage darkness in your stories Also it may not be such a Fit For The Chase; Cars And The Movies good idea to read it beforeoing to bed just sayin This is a bizarre violent story one full of menace and dark magic It s trippy the way that every Alice book should be and full of nightmarish images and themes I loved it for the most partbut BUT I have one problem with it and it s a pretty major one the book is extremely rape y Huge trigger warning if you are bothered by sexual violence of any sort because it s everywhere in this world both blatant and implied and both active and imagined While I ve always thought most fairy tale retellings and re imaginings could use a bit meditation on the themes of seduction and coercion it s in the very nature of many of the original stories after all I was extremely bothered by the degree
*of rape and abuse here If you are able to look past that *rape and abuse here If you are able to look past that it pains me to even phrase this in such a way the book is incredibly imaginative and just what a rown up Alice story should be It s well written delightfully weird and scatter shot with wince inducing horror AND A GIANT RABBIT I couldn t turn the pages fast enough and I m very interested in seeing where the story oes next But I also am very disturbed by the rape of past present and possible future And I m bothered by the implication that all men no matter how ood are susceptible to bring overcome by lust even under the most horrifyingly extreme circumstances Somixed reactions from me because I feel so very strongly about the way women are treated in this book and the view of men Please note however the relatively high rating despite that Probably best to judge for yourself if you re interestedA bit of a polish on this review at some point Find all of my reviews at MITCHELL WAS IN CHARGE OF GIFS TODAY SO THINGS MIGHT GO A LITTLE PEAR SHAPED Beware the jaws that bite the claws that snatch Confession
I hate Alice Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and allllll of the movies that have been made from cartoon to Helena Bonham Carter musey magic It s just never been my thing save your anger I ll probably post something offensive before this review is even over That being stated Alice probably would have remained on my TBR indefinitely were it not for the awesomeness of my Elf on the Shelf wonderfully wicked book fairy this Christmas Once I started reading Alice I was allTime I Hate Alice
i otta feeling wooooo hoooo that tonight sgotta feeling wooooo hoooo that tonight s be a Variante, Vol. 2 (Variante, good night Ooooooh doggie This ain t yorandmomma s Lewis Carroll Truly a fresh take that was inspired by the original In this version Alice is a resident of Old City s nuthouse Her only companionship comes from Hatcher someone she can talk tocatch Managers of Their Homes glimpses of through a mouse hole near the floor and who didn tet his nickname over a hat Alice didn t always live in Old City though Nooooooo once upon a time Alice was a fair haired beauty from the right side of the tracks aka New City But Alice wanted to experience a little taste of the dark side of life Boy did she shudder Fastforward back to the present where Alice and Hatcher have a chance to escape the hospital However their only chance of survival is to kill the Jaberwocky No Mitchell not the dance troupe An even terrifying creation In order to come face to face with the darkest of all evils Alice and Hatcher must deal with the various local crime bosses including Cheshire the Caterpillar the Walrus Alrighty then Coo coo ca choo to you too MitchellAnd last but most certainly not least the Rabbit Things are even treacherous than they appear and they already appear pretty crappy right as Alice must make her way through the seedy underbelly of a city whose criminals earn their money via kidnapping young Competitive Solutions girls and forcing them into the sex tradeThis story was DARK and oh so very stabby Do not say I didn t warn you If you re looking for a cuddly cartoon version of Alice you should most definitely look elsewhere On the other hand if you re like me and are looking for something like this I highly recommend Christina Henry s spin on things All the Stars Many thanks to my friend Christopher for putting this on the radar for me This selection was chosen as part of the Winter Reading Challenge my library puts on each year Four books and the limited edition coffee mug will be MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE Alice dreamed of blood Blood on her hands and under her feet blood in her mouth and pouring from her eyes The room was filled with it This is one of the best darkest and most. Ce blond hangs in tangles down her back She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place Just a tea party long ago and long ears and bloodThen.