Saturday, December 22, 2012

[Review] The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Beddor

Author: Frank Beddor
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: 2006
Rating: ★★★★

When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape the murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!

Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss' story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions surrounding mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.--Goodreads 

Ahh! This book was awesome. Jam-packed with action and death. I loved it. My only issue would be that it was sometimes hard to picture the many different devices and characters. Maybe it's just my lack of imagination, but I felt like the author could have expanded more. I couldn't figure out just how advanced Wonderland was either. 

Redd makes an excellent villain. She's so crazy! I think if I were to rule the world, I would use her as my inspiration  Also, the Cheshire cat as a deadly assassin was pretty badass. I liked Alyss better when she was a child. She was more feisty. Then she grew up in Victoria England and lost a bit of her spunk. Ah, well. I loved the inclusion of Lewis Carrol, and I never realized he had such a stutter.

Overall, a wonderful revision of a classic. I'll be going out to buy the next book as soon as the holiday is over. 

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