This rich, imagery-filled YA Fantasy novel is a fractured version of the Alice In Wonderland tale, set in modern times but with a magical underland. It is full of action, adventure, and character growth, both internal and external in this case.
Typically, I don’t love to read a ton of setting or description, unless it’s well done, but in this story, it’s excellent and crucial to the world building. Howard brings a dark, magical underland to life with vivid settings, bizarre creatures, and outlandish clothing. It is imaginative, bright, and bold, despite the dark, creepy undertones.
I listened on audiobook, which I highly recommend. The reader is excellent, and there is something about this story that sounds so gorgeous and also sometimes terrifying when read aloud. Plus, some characters have different accents, which is charming and enjoyable to listen to. The words and scenes flow beautifully, even when things have gone terribly awry.
If you love Alice in Wonderland, you will enjoy the imaginative twists and turns. If you hate Alice In Wonderland, then rest assured this is a very different story with a clever plot.
Also, there is a rather captivating love triangle that will leave you feeling bewildered about which of two troubled young men is best suited to end up with Alyssa, the MC. If love triangles annoy you, try to let that go, so you won’t miss out on this fascinating story.
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
Print Length: 400 pages (paperback)