Friday 31 May 2019

Alice by Christina Henry

Paperback, 325 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Titan Books Ltd (first published August 4th 2015)
Series: The Chronicles of Alice #1
Fantasy Dark Fairytale

My Thoughts
After having read Lost boy, I knew what she could do and well she sure did something strange and special. This is not the Alice you know. It is better, it is adult, it is sad, it is a fairytale gone bad.

Alice was rich and ended up in Old City, where ganglords rule, and poor people starve. Someone broke her and her parents sent her to a mental hospital. For 10 years she has suffered there and wondered what actually happened. All she remember is long ears and a teaparty.

This is a fantasy world and a city made up from new and old. Rich and poor. We only see the poor part and it is horrific. The bosses who rule are monsters. They rule with an iron fist and if you think monsters think again, they are not just evil, they are dark.

And she will have her adventure. I can not really say more, Alice in Wonderland, goes Alice in the underworld. There is magic, monsters and so much gruesome darkness.

I enjoyed this dark "re-telling", and even though it ends with a positive note, more is to come and I do want more to see what happens to these characters 

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. 


  1. oh you have me intrigued about this author Blodeuedd :)

  2. I'm really curious to try this series!

  3. I've always been interested, but shied away from these darker books. They sound interesting, but I don't know if I could make it through all the dark. Nice review.

  4. That does sound dark and that cover is a bit creepy.

  5. Huh. New to me. Sounds good though!

  6. I've heard so much about this author but haven't read anything by her yet.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  7. Her dark fairy tale retellings are so great! I also liked her Peter Pan from Hook's POV retelling, and I'm looking forward to The Girl in Red.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Her Peter Pan was so good, I have never disliked Pan as much as when I read that!

  8. I like your new, bigger font and such a dark story, I am surprised you liked it! :) Happy Children's Day!

  9. I loved Lost Boy so I definitely want to get to more of Christina Henry's books. This does sound good.



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