Alice

Christina Henry
A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2016-07-20

   When I first started Alice, I basically thought it was gonna be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a dark twist. Boy was I wrong. It definitely had the dark twist. But as for the plot, I feel like Christina Henry took the characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and created her own world for them. A much darker and twisted world. Which isn't a bad thing, it's just that I was waiting for a good while to see if Alice would fall down a rabbit hole.

   At first I found it a little hard to get into the story. But once the action picked up, I couldn't wait to know what would happen next. I was happy to find that Alice wasn't just some helpless girl and I also couldn't help but to fall for Hatcher just the tiniest bit. Maybe a little more than a tiny bit, but still. Christina Henry ended it well enough that it could of done well as a stand alone but now that the next book has come out I can't wait to see what's next in store for Alice and Hatcher. I would recommend this book. Just keep in mind that 1.) It is not Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and 2.) it can get pretty dark, twisted, and disturbing at times.

Reviewed: 2016-01-31

Well, that was just about the most pointless book I've ever read. On one hand, I enjoyed it somewhat while reading (because I LOVE the mythos around Alice), but that was with the understanding that all the gore, destruction, rape, murder, blood, and terror was leading somewhere, that it was about learning to deal with trauma or something, that there was a moral to the story. There wasn't. I was pretty disturbed when I got to the end, and there was no closing (other than a shameless plug for a sequel).

It ended up, in the end, just being the story of Christina Henry masturbating to women being murdered, mutilated, raped, and tortured. The needless violence was extreme, in the sense that being raped and owned and sold like cattle was the expectation for a girl's fate. And, without a moral or lessons learned, such violence read like a dark twisted fantasy of a twisted individual, and not anything a non-sick person may learn something from.

Oh, and the other part of the story was that, along their way through this twisted universe, Alice and her companion killed people in their quest to kill an evil spirit (Jabberwoky). 

Did I mention the writing was pretty sophomoric, too?


---- OLD REVIEW -----
I am barely one page into the book, when this happens: "Red running down the insides of her legs and blue marks on her thighs were fingers had been" (sic). NOO! JUST NO, NO NO NO!!! 

Call me a snob, but sorry - if you don't catch that as a writer on the FIRST PAGE OF YOUR NOVEL, WTF. (And Penguin/Random House, really? Still, the buck stops with Henry). MAJOR negative preconception formed pre-reading. Will attempt to continue and update progress.

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