Book Reviews

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay

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*Wipes away tears. Sniffs.*Image result for alice in wonderland crying gif

That ending, though. It was so depressing! I like that it was different and that it wasn’t your standard fluffy ending, but, man, it was heartbreaking.

Despite this, I really did enjoy this book. It was fun, but also beautiful and captivating. The whole atmosphere of Wonderland was magical and strange. Ramsay did a wonderful job with capturing that characteristic from the original Alice in Wonderland. Also, Ramsay came up with delightfully creative phrases such as:

“More than you can ever possibly count, times double, divided by half.”

Image result for alice in wonderland illustrationsAlice was a sweetheart and I very much sympathized with her. She didn’t at all get the kind of love that she deserved. Even her friends (can you call them friends) in Wonderland were not always caring.

“Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a thousand peanuts in my eyes.”Image result for off with his head gif

As for Rosamund. “Off with her head!” Yes, yes. The lovely Queen of Hearts. It was super interesting to get the story from her point of view. And honestly, I even ended up feeling kind of sorry for her. Really, she needed someone who would take care of her. Perhaps she would change if she was removed from her position of power and treated kindly?

“It’s a little too late to be splitting peas, Thomas,” Rosamund snapped. 

As for the plot… Well, I already mentioned that ending (I still don’t know what to think of it). Things started out at a good pace, moving from Alice in the asylum to Wonderland. However, about halfway through, things began to drag a bit. I felt that something important was going to happen, but I just kept waiting and waiting. And when it did happen, it was kind of a big deal, but I’m not sure it was emphasized as much as it could have been.

In the end, this was a clean story in terms of profanity and sex. However, there are a few beheadings. (Off with his head!)

I do recommend this one, though. It’s a creative and fun read.  

“A Cartographic Map and Illustrative Illustration of the Major Features of Wonderland, its Environs, Population Density, and Notable Shrubbery.”

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