Wednesday, July 25

Review: Alice (Chronicles of Alice #1)

Alice (Chronicles of Alice #1)
Christina Henry

Published By: Titan Books
Publication Date:  June 28, 2016
Date Read: June 25, 2018
Genre: Adult - Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 325 

From Goodreads:
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, 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 ears, and blood... Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice. 

"She must start believing in impossible things, for impossible things kept appearing before her eyes ."

Alice is a book that has been on my radar for quite a while. I love a good fairytale retelling and the cover of this one really grabbed my attention. How cute does it look? Do not be deceived by the cute and adorable cover... this book is so deceptively dark. It was nothing like I thought it would be, but I really enjoyed it. I was so surprised.

Alice follows the story of Alice and Hatcher. Both have been locked away in a mental hospital in the Old City for the past 8-10 years. When a fire in the hospital breaks out they get out and with both of them not remembeing much about what happened prior to the mental hospital they set out on a journey across to Old City to defeat the terrifying Jabberwocky. But on the way they end up chasing their pasts. What actually happened with Alice and the Rabbit? And why does everyone seem to know exactly who she is?

I really enjoyed Alice. It was nothing like I expected but I loved that. I expected a cutsy retelling of Alice in Wonderland but what I found was a dark and disturbing tale filled with horror. Right from the start the book is filled with rape, sexual exploitation of women and murder. All of your beloved characters from Alice in Wonderland are essentially mafia-type bosses that exploit everyone. It was so horrifyingly disturbing but I loved it. Once the story started I couldn't put it down.

One of the best things about Alice is the characters. Both of the main characters are incredibly flawed. Take Hatcher for example, you see the gentle side of him when he is with Alice but he is massively wild and enjoys nothing more than slaughtering people who stand in his way. The characters and so multi-dimensional and you see many different sides to them and I loved that.

Alice was nothing like I expected but it is such an unusual and interesting retelling. It's so fast-paced and addictive. I had a very difficult time putting it down. It was fantastic and I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel to see what happens next.

"If you go chasing your freedom your fate will only follow you there and force you back."

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