Death of the Mad Hatter Tour Stop!!


 

The Jack prophesied: If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.Heads would Roll…
Hearts would Break…
In the end, would it matter who Reigned?

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I won’t lie, “Alice in Wonderland” always seriously weirded me out as a kid.  I found it creepy, which I now realize was part of the point.  As an adult, I haven’t read too many books that have weirded me out on that level, but I have to say that this book may be one of them…so I guess mission accomplished!
This book is a new take on “Alice in Wonderland”.  Set in the present day, it follows Alice as she is on a mission from Wonderland.  She meets Ryley Edgar, who may be related to Wonderland Royalty.  Ryley has had a tough life.  He moved around a lot before his father was finally committed to a mental hospital, and right now his major concern is just being a normal high school boy –until Alice Mae arrives.  She’s strange, and hypnotizing to him.  They have a bit of a love/hate relationship, and as the story unfolds they realize they have much more in common than they thought, and Alice Mae reveals to Ryley that she knows about this dad, which no one but a few people close to him know.
Love blossoms, but will that love fully bloom or is not meant to be? Is Alice what she appears to be, or does she have ulterior motives?
I think it takes a lot of balls, not to mention skill, for an author to write a spin-off based on a beloved classic.  I think it’s an insane undertaking, but when it works….well, IT WORKS.  This book is case in point.  It totally and completely
works.  It manages to capture the strange tone of the original work, while still forging a place for itself as a work of art on its own merit.  I honestly didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did (remember, the original was creepy to
me!).  What I found when I read this was a book that I couldn’t put down.  I found the characters mesmerizing, strangely quirky and fun.  The dialogue was much the same. The plot kept me guessing and made me read this book with fervor, because I had to know what happened.  And the ending…OH. EM. GEE.  It was perfect.
This book is a dark, imaginative ride.  It will have you thinking about it long after you are done, and hoping against hope that there will be a sequel because you will just want more!  Honestly, one of the best books I have read this year.  You can’t go forward without going back.  5 stars from me.
 
“Out of all my ill-fitting hats, one has never given me a headache like you do.”
“I’ve only begun to give you a headache,” she whispered and turned around and walked down the steps.
She got to the landing before I was close enough to grab her wrist, stopping her escape. She wiggled, freeing her hand. When I refused to back off, she moved her leg like she was going to knee me in the groin, so I completely closed the gap between us, pressing my hips against hers. She had no movement to strike.
“I’m done with this charade!” I yelled even though we were millimeters away from each other. “Everything you say doesn’t make a lick of sense. Why did you come here? Surely it wasn’t just to annoy me.”
“Just because you don’t understand my way of thinking, it doesn’t mean that I don’t make sense!” she yelled. “You’re such a—”
“A what?” I interrupted. “An Otherworlder?”
She stepped closer, even though I hadn’t thought it possible, making it clear that I hadn’t intimidated her. Even though I was taller than her, she stood on her tip toes, making us closer to the same height.
“Actually, I was going to say that you are such a boy! What’s an Otherworlder, Ryley? I’m not sure that word even has a definition, or did you make it up? Now, who sounds crazy?” she said, spreading her arms wide.
I’d forgotten about everyone else in existence. Everyone was staring. Judging from the context spoken, I did sound more insane than she.
“What is Wonderland, Alice Mae?”
“Do you not remember anything?” She seemed genuinely frustrated.
“I’m not in the habit of remembering places I have never been, you stupid girl!”
“Don’t call me that!” She socked me in the gut. Normally, I would have thought it cute that she tried to attack me since she was so feeble, but today it only aggravated me.
“I was alerted that your father’s car had moved,” Alice Mae said. “Was he able to answer any of your questions?”
The hall got so quiet, not a single person coughed. I wanted to rip the damn rabbit’s head off, but it was in my backpack that I’d dropped when I noticed the hat carnage in my locker.
“My dad is not around,” I said.
“Interesting phrasing,” Alice Mae said, analyzing my comment. She tapped her finger on her chin like she was deep in thought. “You didn’t say he was dead, nor did you confirm it. Perchance you and your mom made up a series of lies about him?”
I had to shut her up before she told everyone the truth! I wanted to strangle her. I hated how she could completely destroy me with a few simple words. She knew my deepest secret, and now she was telling the whole school about my
whacked-out dad!
“—where does he live Ryley? I can’t seem to remember its name. It was some kind—”
I slapped my free hand over her mouth. She bit down. I pulled my hand away. Teeth marks were embedded in my skin. Smirking at me, she licked her lips.
“You instigated this war!” she said. She spoke more loudly. She was right. Her voice did carry. “Your father isn’t dead. He’s insa—”
In a stated of extreme panic, I did the only logical thing I could think of to shut her up.
I kissed her.

I specialize in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?
 

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