Death of the Mad Hatter Book Review

Death of the Mad Hatter book reviewDeath of the Mad Hatter

Sarah J. Pepper

ISBN-13: 978-1492823919

Fantasy

November 2013

333 pages

About the Book:

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?

My Review:

Death of the Mad Hatter is a breezy, fresh take on Alice in Wonderland,  Set in the present day, the story alternates between the narrations of Alice herself and Ryley Edgar, who may be related to Wonderland royalty.

Alice is originally from the “Otherworld” (our world) and talks about her fall through the rabbit hole and her run-ins with the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and other familiar characters from the well-loved tale. She is on a mission from Wonderland and may or may not be a double agent.

Ryley moved more than 20 times until his father was committed to a mental hospital and he and his mother finally settled down. He is most concerned with being as typical a teenage boy as possible and is thrown for a loop when Alice Mae arrives at his school.

I love the Alice character.  She is obviously at a loss in the modern world, although I think she might have fit in with steampunk kids.  She is very Victorian in her attitudes and style of dress, with just a hint of the modern world thrown in.

Ryley is a typical teenage boy, reminding me very much of my own kids.  I was impressed by how he matured through the book and learned to not just think about himself.

All-in-all I really enjoyed this story.  It was a fun read and stayed true to the original tale.  In addition, it was a fresh take I had never read before.  However, I did feel that the new version was a little over-simplified.  Lewis Carroll’s original version had a layer of political satire under the “children’s story” which does not exist in this version.

I give Death of the Mad Hatter four top hats.  Fans of the original, who love teen romance with a dark side will enjoy this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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About the Author:

Sarah J. Pepper specializes 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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On Black Friday, November 29th (which is also release day for the book) the author is throwing a Facebook tea party from 7-9 p.m CST.  There will be lots of prizes and more will be revealed!!

 

 

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