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Ed in the awful bc this is Wish Upon a Wedding life suck it up and deal with it you pansy suburban housewife Crude means deliberately crass terminology used for the express purpose of making something already awful even awfulI have zero tolerance for crudeDark I can handle And if the perpetrators get what s coming to them my bloodthirstiness comes out to play and rolls around in the darkness Like some kind of fiery eyed hellhoundALICE is darrrrrrrrrk But it s also a perfect blend of old school Carroll strangeness and modern urban fantasy albeit in a Victorian setting that I could not put down I read the whole thing on a Saturday afternoonIoved the characters especially our two MCs Alice and Hatcher who were each other s only solace for eight years in the hospital where they were held Despite the shared experience and insanity they are as different as two people can be their disparate strengths and weaknesses making them that much stronger togetherThe world was bleak yet fascinating Make no mistake Bad Things happen here BUT There is also justice and that makes all the difference ALICE by Christina Henry is hopefully the first of many installments in this new weirdly fantastic series definitely my most surprising read of the year so far Henry s Alice knows that sometimes you have to hurt people before they can hurt you and she doesn t hesitate to do exactly that And even if she did her mad companion Hatcher thusly named for the killing frenzy that resulted in at east six deaths by ax would not They re on a mission and if they re coming for you Run Rabbit run My other reviews for this series Red ueen Alice 2 Welcome to the grimy tales of Alice in Darkland Team of Alice and Hatcher or et s call them ALCHER are getting out of the asylum for avenging the people who put them there and Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other leave for nearly 10 freaking yearsAlice was raped by a rabbit and she retaliated by taking his eye with the knife asike 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 Richard Nixon: The Life light and goodness inside but the traumatic experiences and abandonment made them who they are right nowThis retelling is dirty irritating nerve bending graphic brutal It s even darker than Grimm Brothers stories There are massacres rape illegal girl trafficking cannibalism violent murders You feelike 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 I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! 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 at everywhere they saved each other sives and at the end we understand their stories didn t end so farThis one is exciting heart throbbing but also mind numbing and definitely so much bloody journey that I can ever imagine Yes this story should be adapted into series but only Tarantino s direction can deal with so much blood violence rottennessI oved the first book and I m so ready to dive into second one even though there are mixed reviews and heavy criticism about the direction of the story Let s read and decide about it With Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll has created a world that has taken root in many people s minds Wonderland s mysterious inhabitants have entrenched 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 urking 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 enough and beyond the first moments of awe through encountering such strange creatures and absurd Puppet Master landscapesay 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 everybody 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 be that place where imagination has gone the farthest A Horizon For My horizon for my Recently it also FELT THAT IT S WHERE FANCY HAS GOT THE that it s where fancy has got the way ahead of it as I dream of taking a Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners 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 beenargely 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 hand there is no better mold than the one that s got Made in Wonderland etched on the bottom so I decided to give it a try And at first I was highly entertained 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 either bruised and battered victims or terrifying monsters Alice herself is no Janae (Blacktop, longer the curious girl but a scared scarred and confused woman who has to deal with the trauma of rape while beingocked away in a mental institution Dark clouds gather fires erupt and another tumble down the rabbit hole ensues only this time it s going to be bloodyBut as with the original my initial enthusiastic feelings did not endure Four stars became three and as I wrote this review it 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 needlessly explicit Juicy ines 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 eft a ot of silhouettes in his shrouds of mystery Christina Henry drags them out into the spotlight and explains them away Nothing is eft up to the imagination As if it wasn t bad enough 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 iterature 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 sentiment Like any bitterness it carries whiffs of pomposity and eads to a certain class of philosophies such as an eye for an eye that sound all the pertinent and alluring due to all the emotional baggage the reader is asked to hold on toAs a side symptom the bitterness as ever crowned with a false sense of moral highground and intellectual superiority allowed the author to make a villain out of practically 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 ike black paint being splashed on a painting of a beautiful andscape Darkness was spilled all over the place to such an extent 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 Why Diets Make Us Fat long time for me too but in the end there wasittle contrast eft as darkness filled the entire frame I hoped 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 else altogether This is a bitter tale of vengeance Magic ove and mystery are just some tiny sprinkles added on this ultimately cold and saltless dish and the abundance of blood does Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, little to hide theack of tension My final assessment thus becomes two stars as a testament to the Cheshire s enduring grin while the rest vanished into darknes. One night a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape eaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years The kind of book this is I also need to offer a huge trigger warning Wendy already mentioned this but there is a North lot of rape in this book At the end I feltike I understood why the author chose to include it and why it had importance in the story but that didn t make it any ess disturbing to read But if you can stomach it this is definitely worth the read Very imaginative magical creepy and horrifying A beautifully written ittle nightmareBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest Bring it Alice I m not scared Oh how I should haveTRIGGER WARNING Graphic rape a Dead Giveaway lot and violence By no means is Alice a flawless book and I m not gonnaie 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 Andrew Lost In the Kitchen 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 terrifyingight I Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism 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 asong as it took for me to simply understand what was going on it didn t influence my interest not at any moment From the first page I was intrigued horrified drowned into this sick journey of theirs It started with my breath thinning then gasping and struggling for air I was there with Alice who coudn t annoy me even if she kept following Hatcher around because after what she Nope lived through it made sense and she wasucid about her need and their somewhat unhealthy relationship Perhaps this world forces her to be taken care of by a man but nobody owns her and she makes sure that everyone knows it Fierce fierce Alice she s in no need of saving after all Trust me on this And then there s Hatcher Hatcher whose madness took violent turns sometimes and whose mind we could never really trust but Hatcher who was ready to do anything to protect her Starting Alice I didn t expect his character and he surprised me in the best way possibleThis said I won t say that their relationship didn t surprise or make me uncomfortable at times because it did What is it that they have Love Friendship Whatever it is its evolution is beautiful Really though Their uest for revenge and blood captivated me and I rooted for them to kill these fuckers something fierce Whoops This said I didn t enjoy some parts of it I m not Rejected Rejected Rejected lying when I say that this book is really rape y and wanted for some men to go over the stereotypingust because really that s why I can t bring myself to give it the full 5 If I never got the impression that rape was used as a plot device but rather as a way to show how monstruous and excruciating this world is and NEVER condoned in any way I don t Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison like the fact that almost all men are bad Thanks god for view spoilerHatcher hide spoiler 35 I wish I were a magicianI d find all thoseost girls and bring them home I d take all those men who hurt those girls and make them cry Woah This adds an entire 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 Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz leastAlice and Hatcher met while in a mental institution Both have committed horrific crimes though Alice can remember veryittle of her past something to do with a rabbit and being kidnapped When the chance for them to escape arises they grasp it with both hands and Buck: A Memoir leg it However a shadow monster the Jabberwocky has also 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 book entertaining albeit slightly sickening in places Il say I still preferred Lost Boy as it remained truer to the original story than this one did But I Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors liked it enough that I will order the seuel from theibrary and see what happens to Alice and Hatcher next She must start believing in impossible things for impossible things kept appearing before her eyes Review 1255Well as a retelling that did a rather curious jobI was so excited to read this book It s even on my can t wait to read shelf There is something about the idea of a retelling in which Alice has escaped 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 extremely difficult to manufacture a narrative from the nearly unrelated curiosities of the original Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton certainly struggled but it seemed ike the only thing this attempt did was take some namesIt seems that this is not the only shared factor between tim burton the only shared factor between Tim Burton 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 the entirety 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 ove 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 example 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 ending of this book was unbelievably anticlimactic We follow Alice and Hatcher her extremely old my only character trait is I m a crazy murderer Five Days Left 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 Il just say we encounter these guys for a total of the Searching for Robert Johnson last dozen pages Very frustrating God I m so upset by how much I hated this What a cool concept entirely dashedBottomine if you Blood on Silk like very violent books you mayike this If you Buzz: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Drugs and Alcohol like retellings you will not I sure didn t 32518 ON SALE for 199 When I first read ALICE I had a hard time categorizing it It was Victorian but it wasn t steampumk It was horror ish Fortunately it very obviously a retelling so ateast I had that BUT Just having read this article I can now solidly identify it at DREADPUNK grins creepilyReviewed by Rabid Reads45 starsThe first thing you should know is that I bloody hate ALICE IN WONDERLAND In fact with the exception of THE JABBERWOCKEY which I appreciate for English nerd reasons nonsense words that make sense bc masterful command of grammar I bloody hate Lewis Carroll Too weird sorrynotsorryI ve also read an installment or two of Henry s BLACK WINGS series and I wasn t terribly impressed My top two Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing least favorite subjects in urban fantasy are dead things and angels BLACK WINGS is basically about angels dealing with dead things SO A book from an author I ve previously not had muchuck with on a subject I ve By the Lake of Sleeping Children loathed since childhood You re probably wondering why on earth I bothered with ALICE Honestly so did IAnd if it hadn t immediately captured my attention I doubt I d ve stuck with it But it did And I didThe second thing you should know is that this book isn t for the faint of heart This Alice is an adult who s spent theast ten years institutionalized after stumbling out of the Old City with blood on her thighs raving about a rabbitYES That means exactly what you think it meansAnd what happened to Alice isn t uncommon in this it meansAnd what happened to Alice isn t uncommon in this Usually this kind of thing has me running screaming in the opposite direction but ALICE is a perfect example of the difference between dark and crudeDark means real Bill Carey Rides West/The Town No Guns Could Tame/Bowdrie Rides a Coyote Trail life Bad Things happen It s awful it s presented as awful but you re mostly seeing the aftermath of the awful not a play by play account in real timeIt s realistic but not shockingly soCrude means your face is shov. 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Alice author Christina Henry