“But it's no use now, to pretend to be two people! Why, there's hardly enough of me left to make one respectable person!" - Alice, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice by Christina Henry
This is the book that introduced me to Christina Henry. Once I read Alice, I was hooked. Since I mention her books before, I figured I might as well give you a short review of the book I have read. The first one was amazing.
If you are like me, you do not go out and buy most books as soon as they are released. Often, I will be attracted by a cover and then look for a review. These books may have been released years ago. But that is fine with me. I am just looking for a good story.
Since this book came out in 2015, it may not be new to some of you. But if you just happened to come across the book or this review. I say, but it!
I found this book at Barnes & Noble. I usually go for hard back books, but the White Rabbit on the cover of this book caught my attention. And who are we kidding, I am a fan of all things Alice in Wonderland.
Publisher: Ace/ Penguin Random House LLC Publication date: August 2015 Genre: Fiction / Adult Fantasy
“A psychotic journey through the bowels of magic and madness.”
– Brom, author of The Child Thief
The Alice in this Alice in Wonderland inspired story is not your sweet and innocent Alice by Lewis Carroll. This story is very dark and takes you on a wild ride. The story begins in an old hospital, where Alice meets the insane Hatcher. Alice is in the hospital because when she was 16, she had a terrible incident that left her with memory loss and a huge scar down her face.
There is a fire at the hospital and the two escape and go on a fascinating journey trying to uncover who Alice is. As the duo uncovers more about Alice, they also learn that there are a lot of people they need to fear. But do not worry, Alice and the Hatcher can take care of themselves. If you are familiar with the original Alice in Wonderland, you probably cannot picture Alice as a killer. But mark my word, she can and will kill someone in a second.
As you get deeper into the story, you meet some of the other Alice in Wonderland characters. From the Caterpillar, Cheshire to the White Rabbit. But they are not who they seem. Are they friends or are they foes? I guess you will have to read the story to find out.
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinder-block walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.
In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once 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 blood…
Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.
Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.
And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
In Conclusion: Alice Book Review
I think Alice is a well-written book. Christina Henry tells a great story. Her narrative had my attention from the very beginning, and I could not put the book down.
There are 2 more books in The Chronicles of Alice series. The second one is the Red Queen. I really enjoyed it too. I will be writing a review of it shortly. I still need to read the Looking Glass. Hopefully it is as good as the first two. I will let you know as soon as I do.
Other Books by Christina Henry
Black Wings Books
The Chronicles of Alice Books