A masterful retelling that keeps the spirit of the original while being fresh and new!
#fantasy #retelling #YA #paranormal
Series: Sadly, no.
Characters: Alice Mae and Ryley
Setting: Present day Overworld and Wonderland
Target Age Range: YA+
Recommendation: Overall, this was a great read even if you've not read the original. If fan fiction or spin-offs are not your cup of tea, try to forget that the Carroll version exists and just enjoy the world of magic that Ms. Pepper created.
Ms. Pepper wrote a perfect homage to the original with this book. The characters are deep and detailed, silly and mysterious and yet real and easy to relate to. Alice is classically spacey and carries that spirit of the source, but at the same time has a crazy side to her personality that replaces some of the other classical characters that didn't make it into this retelling. Wonderland and its ties to the Overworld are just as delicately described so the reader knows at all time which world they are in.
The writing style and the sentence structure are we balanced to have the same flair for the dramatic and utter random quality that the original had while still being able to stand on its own and offer a new generation a fresh look at Wonderland. As an Alice veteran, I was very pleasantly surprised with the way the story was told and how it captured a feeling and style I didn't know I craved from an Alice spin-off.