Alice Review (Chronicles of Alice #1) (Fantasy Horror)

AliceA mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…

Alice Synopsis: In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock 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-Goodreads 


Alice Review

I’ve always had it dead-set in my mind that I was against re-tellings and had no urge to read them. So, it was with some trepidation that I picked up Alice by Christina Henry.  I think it was the dark bent to it and the funky cover that made me decide to pick it up, and see exactly what the author would choose to do.5 Star Rated Alice Review

Wow. This was a dark, gritty re-telling that did not shy away from having Alice (and her companion) go through all sorts of horrible things. I liked Alice, though. She was strong even when she was weak, did things that she needed to do, and found her line early on. Her alliance /infatuation/ friendship with Hatcher was well-written, and he was an interesting character too. Honestly, this kind of made me curious to read the original books (Yes, I’ve never read them. Only seen the Disney movies.)  It pulled just enough from the original stories to leave the associations in your mind, but it very quickly differentiates itself in your head.

The ending was one of my favorite parts (and its so rare for me to say that), because the final battle ends up being not at all what you’d expect. It doesn’t match tone with the rest of the book, and its so simply done that its almost stunning in its elegance. The author definitely wasn’t afraid to go against the grain, and I applaud her for this. It was very well done.  She might just have spoiled me for other re-tellings!

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Title: Alice | Author: Christina Henry (site) | Publisher: Ace (site) | Pub. Date: 2015-8-4 | Pages: 291 | ISBN13: 9780425266793 | Genre(s): Fantasy & Horror | Language: English | Triggers: (Mentioned) Rape | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-12-2 | Source: Library

25 thoughts on “Alice Review (Chronicles of Alice #1) (Fantasy Horror)

      1. Splintered is another Alice in Wonderland spinoff more, it’s about her descendants. I still have to read the last book but I really enjoyed the first two. That’s all that comes to mind now because it was one of my favorite random reads of this year!

        1. No, you’re not going to need therapy, lol. It was just an interesting venture for a first re-telling read.

          Aurora is by Kim Stanley Robinson. It is … hard scifi is putting it mildly. It meaures time in years, decades, and generations. Deceleration, Acceleration, G-force, codevolution, ecliptics, prions, reversion to the mean, etc. Fascinating book, but you have to give it your full attention, or its going to lose you VERY early on.

          1. Speaking of re-tellings, I actually just finished ‘Alice Takes Back Wonderland’, which was quite good. You should take a look at it when you can.

            Oh no! PHYSICS! *runs screaming the other direction* HELP! Someone help!

            1. I need to get some other stuff in between me and my memory of of Alice before I attempt another Alice re-telling.

              LMAO! Its not that bad! Hard sci-fi is to me what YA dystofics are to your average young female reader…and no, I’m not a scientist, I don’t have any sort of degree, I just find it fascinating. Especially the AI portion of the book.

              1. Mm. That I can understand, but once your brain is Alice-drained, you should check it out. It was fast-paced and intriguing.

                Oh gosh! I don’t think I’ve actually read a hard scifi, yet. (still catching up on years worth of books I missed while avoiding reading like it was the plague.) Granted, my science background lies in the realm of biology, not physics, and that tends to have more impact on world-building than actual plot lines and interaction.

                  1. Hmm… well, I very much detest ‘Dorothy Must Die’. Terrible character voice. Outside of that I haven’t read many myself. Though, a few are on my TBR. Let’s see…

                    ‘Spinning Starlight’ & ‘Stitching Snow’
                    ‘A Thousand Nights’
                    ‘A Whole New World’
                    ‘Scarlet’ by A.C. Gaughan
                    ‘Cruel Beauty’
                    ‘Blackhearts’ & ‘Unhooked’ (Both in Feb 2016)
                    Perhaps ‘Never Never’

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