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Review: Alice by Christina Henry

AliceTitle: Alice

Author: Christina Henry

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Series: The Chronicles of Alice (Book #1)

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Format: Paperback, 291 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425266796 (Ace/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425266793 (Ace/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once 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 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.

Quick & Dirty: A deliciously dark story of what happened after Alice returned.

Opening Sentence: “If she moved her head all the way against the wall and tilted it to the the left she could just see the edge of the moon through the bars.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Alice is in a mental hospital in Old City, when she came back from Rabbit’s she couldn’t remember a thing. They have kept her drugged for years, but lately she has managed to meet a new friend, Hatcher. Hatcher has forgotten things too, although he remembers that he has killed people. He also knows about the Jabberwock. Even though Alice thinks it is made up, she listens to him because he believes her about Rabbit. One night she awakens to a fire in the hospital and Hatcher helps her escape.

They begin their hunt of the Jabberwock, and both Alice and Hatcher begin to remember some of who they were before. As they try to avoid the people in power in Old City they begin to realize they must face the past in order to defeat the Jabberwock.

In essence, this is a retelling because this isn’t just what happens to Alice after the going down the rabbit hole. In this world, Old City is broken up into territories and bad men run each section. Cheshire, Caterpillar, Rabbit and Walrus. As Alice and Hatcher visit each territory things are uncovered and they discover more and more about who they were before the hospital. I will be honest, I was more than a little nervous going into this book. I love retellings, I just don’t always love them, if you get what I mean. I can’t even pinpoint what it is that will make me love a story or hate it, but this is one of those genre’s that I love but I often experience a lot of let downs.

That being said, I loved, loved, loved this book. I devoured it and when I realized it was the beginning of a new series I was extremely excited. I will say that there is violence and extreme violence or hints of violence against women in this book, so I would avoid it if you can’t read about that. While there is a small hint of romance, it isn’t even close to the main focus, but I will say that I adored the trust and relationship between Hatcher and Alice. At first I kind of wondered about it, but as the story goes on I totally got on board. I will say this story pays homage to Lewis Carroll’s book, but Christina Henry totally makes it her own. This a dark twisted book full of violence, hope, discovery, betrayal, and love.

So if you are looking for a light hearted spin on the classic, keep looking because this book is not it. If you are looking for a retelling that is dark and brilliant than look no further. Alice is an amazing book and I for one cannot wait to see what book 2 brings!

Notable Scenes:

“She was a broken thing, and the New City did not like broken things.”

“Hatcher was never scared, except when talked about the Jabberwock.”

“I lost my way first.”

“It seemed like an electric current ran from their joined hands up into her heart, which hammered in her chest.”

“But there was a small place inside her that glowed with triumph, for they had all said she was mad, but she’d been right.”

“They were bound together by love and need and other feelings she didn’t entirely understand.”

“One day, long , she’d gone seeking an adventure and found terror instead.”

The Chronicles of Alice:

1. Alice

2. Red Queen


FTC Advisory: Ace/Penguin provided me with a copy of Alice. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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2 Responses to “Review: Alice by Christina Henry

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    Cannot agree more! I love this book, it will most likely be a re-read at some point, and I can’t wait for the second one!

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    I really am excited to read the second, I really loved this book, it was amazing!

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