Christina Henry Ð 5 Read32518 ON SALE for 199 When I first ead 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 etelling so at least I had that BUT Just having ead 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 easons nonsense words that make sense bc masterful command of grammar I bloody hate Lewis Carroll Too weird sorrynotsorryI ve also ead an installment or two of Henry s BLACK WINGS series and I wasn t terribly impressed My to Welcome to the grimy tales of Alice in Darkland Team of Alice and Hatcher or let s call them ALCHER are getting out of the asylum for avenging the people who put them there and leave for nearly 10 freaking yearsAlice was aped by a abbit and she etaliated by taking his eye with the knife as like the abbit put an ugly knife scar across the cheeks to mark her She an away in front of the horrified servants of abbit 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 eminds you of Natural Born Killers Mickey and Mallory or You s Joe and Love but their only esemblance is being blood thirsty killers They e not sociopaths stalkers obsessive psychopaths Both of them keeps their light and goodness inside but the traumatic experiences and abandonment made them who they are ight nowThis etelling is dirty irritating nerve bending graphic brutal It s even darker than Grimm Brothers stories There are massacres ape illegal girl trafficking cannibalism violent murders You feel like 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 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 s lives 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 ottennessI loved the first book and I m so eady to dive into second one even though there are mixed eviews and heavy criticism about the direction of the story Let s ead and decide about it With Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll has created a world that has taken oot in many people s minds Wonderland s mysterious inhabitants have entrenched themselves into our dreams as soon as we heard or ead about them It should come as no surprise then that this ealm has spawned millions of eferences 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 lurking about When I ead Lewis Carroll s work for myself I came away a bit disappointed The story felt too
disjointed the characters not elatable enough and beyond the first moments of awe through encountering such strangethe characters not elatable enough and beyond the first moments of awe through encountering such strange and absurd landscapes lay "A FEELING OF ANTICLIMAX MAYBE IT "feeling of anticlimax Maybe it 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 abbits 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 iver bed through which their own fantasies un their course For me Wonderland used to be that place where imagination has gone the farthest a horizon for my daydreams Recently it also felt that it s where fancy has got the longest way ahead of it as I dream of taking a left where Alice has taken a ight Christina Henry is one of the many authors to have decided that could be done with Wonderland and her take on the matter has been largely 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 ivers have been eplaced by green sludge and the merry cast of characters have become either bruised and battered victims or terrifying monsters Alice herself is no longer the curious girl but a scared scarred and confused woman who has to deal with the trauma of ape while being locked away in a mental institution Dark clouds gather fires erupt and another tumble down the abbit 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 eview 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 lines that are meant to grab the eader s interest are put in italics just to make sure you can t miss their genius Where Lewis Carroll left a lot of silhouettes in his shrouds of mystery Christina Henry drags them out into the spotlight and explains them away Nothing is left up to the imagination As if it wasn t bad enough that the once magical characters suddenly had to have something as idiculously 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 ecent trend in literature as a whole but the few stories I have ead 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 leads 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 eader is asked to hold on toAs a side symptom the bitt. In a warren of crumbling buildings called the Old City a hospital echoes with the screams of the poor souls inside Inside there is a woman Her hair on. Erness 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 uthless 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 like black paint being splashed on a painting of a beautiful landscape 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 long time for me too but in the end there was little contrast left 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 eality chills your bones but it became something else altogether This is a bitter tale of vengeance Magic love and mystery are just some tiny sprinkles added on this ultimately cold and saltless dish and the abundance of blood does little to hide the lack of tension My final assessment thus becomes two stars as a testament to the Cheshire s enduring grin while the est vanished into darkness SAY HELLO to one of the creepiest etellings ever writtenI didn t think it was gross or anything of the like but it is eally unmistakably disturbing And that s fun Witnessing the new somber Alice kill a bunch of murderers completely captured my attention Crazy thing is she still keeps a sliver of innocence through all of that Maybe because compared to her friend THE Hatcher she s a sweetheart But she eally made me think of a fallen angel eady for vengeance and who would stop at nothing to get what they want EhehehI ecall the author did not put This is a bizarre violent story one full of menace and dark magic It s trippy the way that every Alice book should be and full of nightmarish images and themes I loved it for the most partbut BUT I have one problem with it and it s a pretty major one the book is extremely ape y Huge trigger warning if you are bothered by sexual violence of any sort because it s everywhere in this world both blatant and implied and both active and imagined While I ve always thought most fairy tale etellings and e imaginings could use a bit meditation on the themes of seduction and coercion it s in the very nature of many of the original stories after all I was extremely bothered by the degree of ape and abuse here If you are able to look past that ugh it pains me to even phrase this in such a way the book is incredibly imaginative and just what a grown up Alice story should be It s well written delightfully weird and scatter shot with wince inducing horror AND A GIANT RABBIT I couldn t turn the pages fast enough and I m very interested in seeing where the story goes next But I also am very disturbed by the ape of past present and possible future And I m bothered by the implication that all men no matter how good are susceptible to bring overcome by lust even under the most horrifyingly extreme circumstances Somixed eactions from me because I feel so very strongly about the way women are treated in this book and the view of men Please note however the elatively high ating despite that Probably best to judge for yourself if you e interestedA bit of a polish on this eview at some point Find all of my eviews at MITCHELL WAS IN CHARGE OF GIFS TODAY SO THINGS MIGHT GO A LITTLE PEAR SHAPED Beware the jaws that bite the claws that snatch Confession time I hate Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and allllll of the movies that have been made from cartoon to Helena Bonham Carter musey magic It s just never been my thing save your anger i ll my thing save your anger I ll post something offensive before this eview is even over That being
stated alice probablyAlice probably have emained on my TBR indefinitely were it not for the "awesomeness of my Elf on the Shelf wonderfully wicked book fairy this "of my Elf on the Shelf wonderfully wicked book fairy this Once I started eading Alice I was all I gotta feeling wooooo hoooo that tonight s gonna be a good night Ooooooh doggie This ain t yo grandmomma s Lewis Carroll Truly a fresh take that was inspired by the original Alice dreamed of blood Blood on her hands and under her feet blood in her mouth and pouring from her eyes The oom was filled with it This is one of the best darkest and most disturbing etellings I have ever ead The author gets extremely creative with this world weaving in characters we ecognize from the original Alice in Wonderland but telling a very different kind of story If you like your etellings to stay close to the original then don t waste your time with Alice it is very differentThe world created here is not our world and it is not Wonderland It s a horor fantasy style setting in a fictional place called the Old City Ever since Alice eturned to her parents after going missing as a child with blood unning down her legs missing memories and strange inexplicable abilities she has been deemed mad Years later she s in a hospital Her only friend is Hatcher the man who talks to her from the next cell and also emembers very little of his life before And then one night a fire at the hospital sets them both free but their suffering is far from overAfter escaping they see a shadow of a monster watching them and somehow Hatcher knows what it means the Jabberwock is free And there is only one way to kill him To find it Alice and Hatcher are forced deep into the bowels of the Old City a place un by overlords the Walrus the Carpenter the Caterpillar and Cheshire And somewhere in the darkness of this city fuelled by pain and misery there lies the truth about Alice s forgotten past The Rabbit waits for herThese names may be familiar but favourite characters become terrifyingly monstrous in the author s hands I don t want to sugar coat it in the slightest this book is an adult gory and sometimes upsetting fairytale If you are disturbed by Brom s The Child Thief or Margo Lanagan s Tender Morsels then you will not like this book Take this uote about a girl who has been bought tortured and displayed for amusement The wings were not attached to her shoulders by straps The girl s back had been cut from the top of her shoulder to the bottom of her ib cage on both sides of her spine The beautiful butterfly wings were neatly sewn into the exposed muscle As the girl flexed her shoulders the wings would beat That is the kind of book this is I also need to offer a huge trigger warning Wendy already mentioned this but there is a lot of ape in this book At the end I felt like I understood why the author chose to include it and why it had importance in the story but that didn t make it any less disturbing to ead But if you can stomach it this is definitely worth the ead Very imaginative magic. Ce blond hangs in tangles down her back She doesn't emember why she's in such a terrible place Just a tea party long ago and long ears and bloodThen. .
Al creepy and horrifying A beautifully written little nightmareBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest Bring it Alice I m not scared Oh how I should haveTRIGGER WARNING Graphic ape a lot and violence By no means is Alice a flawless book and I m not gonna lie 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 elationships like Where the fuck are they What s this world where human traffic ape 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 terrifying light I love this kind of etellings with passion and despite the horror I couldn t help but be mesmerized at all the magical and strange creatures we meet Moreover as long 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 lived through it made sense and she was lucid about her need and their somewhat unhealthy elationship 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 eally trust but Hatcher who was eady 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 elationship 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 evenge and blood captivated me and I ooted for them to kill these fuckers something fierce Whoops This said I didn t enjoy some parts of it I m not lying when I say that this book is eally ape y and wanted for some men to go over the stereotyping lust because eally that s why I can t bring myself to give it the full 5 If I never got the impression that ape was used as a plot device but ather as a way to show how monstruous and excruciating this world is and NEVER condoned in any way I don t 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 those lost 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 ead 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 leastAlice and Hatcher met while in a mental institution Both have committed horrific crimes though Alice can emember very little of her past something to do with a abbit and being kidnapped When the chance for them to escape arises they grasp it with both hands and 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 emember 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 I ll say I still preferred Lost Boy as "It Remained Truer To The "remained truer to the story than this one did But I liked it enough that I will order the seuel from the library and see what happens
to alice andAlice and next She must start believing in impossible things for impossible things kept appearing before her eyes Review 1255Well as a etelling that did a ather curious jobI was so excited to ead this book It s even on my can t wait to ead shelf There is something about the idea of a etelling 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 like the only thing this attempt did was take some namesIt seems that this is not the only shared factor between Tim Burton s adaptation and Christina Henry s Both focus upon the plotline of Alice defeating the Jabberwocky which is somewhat idiculous if you think about it Both euire a certain blade to kill it Both have weird it Both euire a certain blade to kill it Both have weird 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 ather 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 love with for some eason 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 etellingsAfter 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 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 I ll just say we encounter these guys for a total of the last dozen pages Very frustrating God I m so upset by how much I hated this What a cool concept entirely dashedBottom line if you like very violent books you may like this If you like etellings you will not I sure didn One night a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years .