Review: Ever Alice

When Alice fell through the rabbit hole, she discovered a world filled with mystery and quite a bit of nonsense. She battled jabberwockies, talked with animals, and met a queen. But what happened when she came back?

Screen Shot 2019-03-01 at 8.29.43 AMEver Alice picks up where Lewis Carroll left off. Alice has talked about Wonderland non-stop since her return and her parents are concerned. They’ve taken her to doctor after doctor until they have no choice but to commit her to an asylum. But Alice knows she’s not crazy. Every bit of Wonderland was as real as the padded walls around her. And when the White Rabbit shows up once again to lead her to Wonderland, she is convinced even more that what she’s seen is real. But the Rabbit hasn’t come back to invite her to tea or to walk through the gardens. This time, he’s back with a mission, one only Alice can do. He wants her to kill the Queen of Hearts.

H.J. Ramsay doesn’t skip a beat in this beautiful, nonsensical retelling of a classic. While keeping the integrity of Carroll’s characters intact, she makes it her own as well. It’s easy to get lost in the wonders of Wonderland and I’m reminded of my childhood and discovering Wonderland with Alice for the first time. Ramsay delivers more than just a new chapter in Alice’s story. She reminds us that sometimes reality isn’t all it seems and it’s ok to go back to Wonderland.

**I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.**

All The Bright Places

16646123Ever read one of those books that works its way into your heart and then rips it out?

All The Bright Places is one of those books that leaves a mark. It affects your life in a way that some books are incapable of. Jennifer Niven weaves a tale of young love and loss.

Violet is a senior who lost her one and only sister in a car accident. The world is telling her to move on but she can’t seem to find the way. She had big plans for her future but after her sister’s death she’s lost and unsure.

Finch is a boy still trying to find himself without losing his foothold on this world. He gets lost sometimes but always finds a way back. Then one day, he finds Violet. She becomes an anchor for him. Someone he can turn to when he feels himself floating away. In contrast, Finch becomes Violet’s wings. He takes her to places she never would have dreamed of visiting right in their own state. He teaches her to climb mountains and that it’s ok to move on without forgetting the ones we lost.

While focusing on the tough subjects of teenagedom, Niven is elegant in her storytelling. She manages to create characters both lovable and personal. Though not your typical teen romance, Niven does a wonderful job keeping the reader engaged. All The Bright Places was incredibly difficult to put down. I highly recommend it, but be sure you have some tissues nearby.