Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Looking Glass Wars


It seems that most people who dislike this book have a negative opinion of it because it's not the Alice in Wonderland we know and love. But to those people I say- open your eyes. Right from the back cover the books synopsis declares that Lewis Carroll was wrong and that there is an entire other story we have not heard. There is your warning dear reader: This is not your typical Alice in Wonderland.

The story follows Princess Alyss, heir to the thrown of her Queendom, as she is thrown into the hardest phase of her life. When her Aunt Redd attacks the castle in an attempt to claim the throne Alyss escapes with her mothers body guard into the Pool of Tears. Through that pool Alyss arrives in London and forced to fend for herself while the bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, searches for her.

With her parents dead and Alyss trapped in our world she creates another life for herself. Meanwhile, Redd has taken control of Alyss' former home. The only hope Wonderland has is for the princess to return. The problem is that they think she is dead and Alyss herself has begun to believe that Wonderland is a figment of her imagination.

This book strays from the original storyline of Alice but it's incredibly good. I found myself cheering on Alyss and waiting for her to return to Wonderland. I continuously wanted to know what was going to happen next. It was engaging for me as an adult but clearly age appropriate for someone as young as the 8-12 age group. The book is only the beginning with two more to follow and I certainly plan on reading those in the future.

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