Ed this story would have been about coping about wonderment after disillusionment or about finding comfort in magic as cold reality chills your bones but it became something lse altogether This is a bitter tale of vengeance Magic love and mystery are just some tiny sprinkles added on this ultimately cold and saltless dish and the abundance of blood does little to hide the lack of tension My final assessment thus becomes two stars as a testament to the Cheshire s The Toll-Gate enduring grin while the rest vanished into darkness Find all of my reviews at MITCHELL WAS IN CHARGE OF GIFS TODAY SO THINGS MIGHT GO A LITTLE PEAR SHAPED Beware the jaws that bite the claws that snatch Confession time I hate Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and allllll of the movies that have been made from cartoon to Helena Bonham Carter musey magic It s just never been my thing save your anger I ll probably post something offensive before this review isven over That being stated Alice p 35 I wish I were a magicianI d find all those lost girls and bring them home I d take all those men who hurt those girls and make them cry Woah This adds an ntire new dimension to the word dark If you can think of something gruesome or violent or harrowing it s probably in this bookI read Lost Boy by Christina Henry and although that story contained murder and fighting and battle it wasn t nearly on the same scale as Alice was This bordered on horror for me at leastAlice and Hatcher met while in a mental institution Both have committed horrific crimes though Alice can remember very little of her past something to do with a rabbit and being kidnapped When the chance for them to scape arises they grasp it with both hands and leg it However a shadow monster the Jabberwocky has also Empire of the Saviours (Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, escaped the institution and seems to be following themAlice and Hatcher must find a way to destroy the Jabberwocky passing through the many areas of the Old City meeting some familiar characters but not as you would remember them Alice is a far cry from the timid young girl we know from Lewis Carroll s stories and from Disney This Alice has seen some horrors and will do whatever necessary to surviveI did find this bookntertaining albeit slightly sickening in places I ll say I still preferred Lost Boy as it remained truer to the original story than this one did But I liked it nough that I will order the seuel from the library and see what happens to Alice and Hatcher next She must start believing in impossible things for impossible things kept appearing before her yes Welcome to the grimy tales of Alice in Darkland Team of Alice and Hatcher or let s call them ALCHER are getting out of the asylum for avenging the people who put them there and leave for nearly 10 freaking yearsAlice was raped by a rabbit and she retaliated by taking his Good Thinking eye with the knife as like the rabbit put an ugly knife scar across the cheeks to mark her She ran away in front of the horrified servants of rabbit but her own family disowned her so the only person helped her to survive throughout her asylum years was Hatcher who also witnessed the massacre of his wife and kidnapping of his own daughterTeam Alcher reminds you of Natural Born Killers Mickey and Mallory or You s Joe and Love but their only resemblance is being blood thirsty killers They re not sociopaths stalkers obsessive psychopaths Both of them keeps their light and goodness inside but the traumaticxperiences and abandonment made them who they are right nowThis retelling is dirty irritating nerve bending graphic brutal It s Death in Mumbai even darker than Grimm Brothers stories There are massacres rape illegal girl trafficking cannibalism violent murders You feel like you just stepped into the dark side of the moonAt some parts I couldn t decide if I should be afraid of the monsters of the books or inner monsters of the normal people who took control of them for diving into violent acts When Alcher leaves the asylum they accidentally freed one of the most dangerous creature Jabberwocky out there But at some parts we see that Alice can control Jabberwock so does it make her terrifying creatureWhen Alice follows her bloody gruesome vulgar path she turns into Tarantino s Bride from Kill Bill and starts her avenging game Her partners in crime Hatcher accompanied her atverywhere they saved Baccarat : La lgende du cristal each other s lives and at thend we understand #Their Stories Didn T #stories didn t so farThis one is O Colégio de Todos os Segredos exciting heart throbbing but also mind numbing and definitely so much bloody journey that I canver imagine Yes this story should be adapted into series but only Tarantino s direction can deal with so much blood violence rottennessI loved the first book and I m so ready to dive into second one March Violets (Bernie Gunther, even though there are mixed reviews and heavy criticism about the direction of the story Let s read and decide about it This is a bizarre violent story one full of menace and dark magic It s trippy the way thatvery Alice book should be and full of nightmarish images and themes I loved it for the most partbut BUT I have one problem with it and it s a pretty major one the book is Zoete tranen extremely rape y Huge trigger warning if you are bothered by sexual violence of any sort because it sverywhere Huge trigger warning if you are bothered by sexual violence of any sort because it s Water Music everywhere this world both blatant and implied and both active and imagined While I ve always thought most fairy tale retellings and re imaginings could use a bit meditation on the themes of seduction and coercion it s in the very nature of many of the original stories after all I wasxtremely bothered by the degree of rape and abuse here If you are able to look past that ugh it pains me to Revived even phrase this in such a way the book is incredibly imaginative and just what a grown up Alice story should be It s well written delightfully weird and scatter shot with wince inducing horror AND A GIANT RABBIT I couldn t turn the pages fastnough and I m very interested in seeing where the story goes next But I also am very disturbed by the rape of past present and possible future And I m bothered by the implication that all men no matter how good are susceptible to bring overcome by lust Student Research Projects in Calculus even under the most horrifyinglyxtreme circumstances Somixed reactions from me because I feel so very strongly about the way women are treated in this book and the view of men Please note however the relatively high rating despite that Probably best to judge for yourself if you re interestedA bit of a polish on this review at some point Bring it Alice I m not scared Oh how I should haveTRIGGER WARNING Graphic rape a lot and violence By no means is Alice a flawless book and I m not gonna lie the first chapters if they hooked me confused me as hell in the same time Who are these people What do they want What are their relationships like Where the fuck are they What s this world where human traffic rape and violence are common practices where the awful way women are treated makes me want to scream To be honest I always thought that Alice in Wonderland was weird as fuck and developed in an undercurrent of crazy violence and here Well Christina Henry sure pictured the characters we know in the most terrifying light I love this kind of retellings with passion and despite the horror I couldn t help but be mesmerized at all the magical and strange creatures we meet Moreover as long as it took for me to simply understand what was going on it didn t influence my interest not at any. Ce 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 ars and bloodThen. Review 1255Well as a retelling that did a rather curious jobI was so xcited to read this book It s Love for Imperfect Things even on my can t wait to read shelf There is something about the idea of a retelling in which Alice hasscaped from an asylum that so fits the wondrous aura of the original book Yet this did not stick to any of the plot points truly Which was very disappointing I imagine it would be A Heart of Stone extremely difficult to manufacture a narrative from the nearly unrelated curiosities of the original Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton certainly struggled but it seemed like the only thing this attempt did was take some namesIt seems that this is not the only shared factor between Tim Burton s adaptation and Christina Henry s Both focus upon the plotline of Alice defeating the Jabberwocky which is somewhat ridiculous if you think about it Both reuire a certain blade to kill it Both have weird sexualizations of the plot points which is so odd because the original Alice is a CHILD Especially Henry s thentirety of the book was centered upon human trafficking for prostitution and sexual assault Both have significantly aged Alices perhaps to fit this Maybe Henry was adapting Burton s take on the book rather than the book itself It all came off as very plagiarizedThings specifically that bugged me about Henry s take Alice travels with her middle aged mental institution next door neighbor whom she is in love with for some reason He to the best of my detection is not modeled upon a character The Rabbit is a villain the main one and does not share any attributes with the original White Rabbit In fact it seems that Henry may have intended the Rabbit to mean the March Hare Everyone in the book is a villain and there is a strange incorporation of characters from Through the Looking Glass but not the important ones Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum and the chess pieces for xample go undiscussed Maybe in the next books In general it was so frustrating to try to compare this book to the original because it didn t add up And that is all the fun of retellingsAfter 291 pages of unspeakable violence the nding of this book was unbelievably anticlimactic We follow Alice and Hatcher her Language and Linguistics extremely old my only character trait is I m a crazy murderer love interest as they battle their way to the two boss characters the Rabbit and the Jabberwocky I don t want to spoil anything so I ll just say wencounter these guys for a total of the last dozen pages Very frustrating God I m so upset by how much I hated this What a cool concept Divertimento entirely dashedBottom line if you like very violent books you may like this If you like retellings you will not I sure didn t With Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll has created a world that has taken root in many people s minds Wonderland s mysterious inhabitants haventrenched themselves into our dreams as soon as we heard or read about them It should come as no surprise then that this realm has spawned millions of references not to mention the abundance of stories that sprouted in other minds with Disney twists and darker turns but always with the Cheshire s grin somewhere lurking about When I read Lewis Carroll s work for myself I came away a bit disappointed The story felt too disjointed the characters not relatable Love Is a Fairy Tale enough and beyond the first moments of awe throughncountering such strange creatures and absurd landscapes lay a feeling of anticlimax Maybe it s the vivid and highly appealing image that has been painted of Wonderland or maybe it s the feeling that could be discovered in the white rabbits s burrow but despite my disillusionment something about the story keeps fascinating me I think the true power of Wonderland is found in how it works differently in verybody s imagination For some the set pieces that were created here have become molds for their own dreams Wonderland being a river bed through which their own fantasies run their course For me Wonderland used to bed through which their own fantasies run their course For me Wonderland used to that place where imagination has gone the farthest a horizon for my daydreams Recently it also felt that it s where fancy has got the longest way ahead of it as I dream of taking a left where Alice has taken a right Christina Henry is one of the many authors to have decided that could be done with Wonderland and her take on the matter has been largely met with praise When I started this book I was skeptical of an author who had to make use of a mold to get her
STORY OUT THERE ON THE OTHER out there On the other there is no better mold than the one that s got Made in Wonderland tched on the bottom so I decided to give it a try And at first I was highly ntertained The green grassy hills made way for an industrial city the sparkling blue rivers have been replaced by green sludge and the merry cast of characters have become ither bruised and battered victims or terrifying monsters Alice herself is no longer the curious girl but a scared scarred and confused woman who has to deal with the trauma of rape while being locked away in a mental institution Dark clouds gather fires Bangkok Wakes to Rain erupt and another tumble down the rabbit holensues only this time it s going to be bloodyBut as with the original my initial The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery enthusiastic feelings did notndure Four stars became three and as I wrote this review it Darkmere even dropped to two This is because at some point the narrative was showing some symptoms of the Young Adult Literature disease The first symptom overexplanation spoonfeeding of interpretations making the implicit needlesslyxplicit Juicy lines that are meant to grab the reader s interest are put in italics just to make sure you can t miss their genius Where Lewis Carroll left a lot of silhouettes in his shrouds of mystery Christina Henry drags them out into the spotlight and Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? explains them away Nothing is left up to the imagination As if it wasn t badnough that the once magical characters suddenly had to have something as ridiculously mundane as motives these motives also had to be clarified In my book that s akin to blasphemy in Wonderland The second symptom bitterness I don t know if it s a YA thing specifically or a recent trend in literature as a whole but the few stories I have read in the genre carry with them a certain bitterness that goes well with the dark atmosphere in which the protagonists wallow a darkness that #Was Specifically Designed To Account For Such A Supposedly Mature #specifically designed to account for such a supposedly mature Like any bitterness it carries whiffs of pomposity and leads to a certain class of philosophies such as an Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den eye for anye that sound all the pertinent and alluring due to all the Scraps Of The Untainted Sky emotional baggage the reader is asked to hold on toAs a side symptom the bitterness asver crowned with a false sense of moral highground and intellectual superiority allowed the author to make a villain out of practically The Eric Carle Gift Set every character While it was innovative to see the Walrus depicted as a ruthless ganglord in the beginning it got old very uickly as all the other characters were made into something similar during the course of this story This book felt and like black paint being splashed on a painting of a beautiful landscape Darkness was spilled all over the place to such anxtent that one wonders why the author didn t choose to do it on a blank canvas instead of spoiling such a pretty place I guess for many it s the contrast that makes it work It did for a long time for me too but in the Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century end there was little contrast left as darkness filled thentire frame I hop. In a warren of crumbling buildings called the Old City a hospital choes with the screams of the poor souls inside Inside there is a woman Her hair on.
The Good Sister
From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern's protector from the time they were small.
Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart's desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn't realize is that Fern is growing and aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.