SST: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Hello everyone and welcome to week 3 of the Sunday Street Team blog tour featuring The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue!  Today I’ll be showing you what it might be like if Monty, Percy, and Felicity had Instagram.  I have actually done a similar post for Nicole at The Book Bandit in honor of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life!

Now previously Mackenzi had mentioned on Twitter that each character would use different social medias, but for the sake of keeping me sane, I went with Instagram. I briefly asked Mackenzi what type of photos Percy and Felicity would post, because let’s face it, Monty is pretty much an open book.

I also recruited help from C.J. at Sarcasm and Lemons as well as Ellie at By Ellie M because I AM THE WORRRRRRST when it comes to writing clever and witty bios and thinking of punny Instagram usernames. So thank you C.J. for Percy’s bio & username and Monty’s bio! And sending inspiration for Felicity. Thank you Ellie for Monty’s punny username… AHAHAHA!! (I am still dying over here and you will be too very very soon.)

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SST: Fear The Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Sunday Street Team

Sunday Street Team is hosted and run by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28! Thank you Nori for the opportunity to be a part of this tour! We all adore this book!


Fear the Drowning Deep

Fear the Drowning Deep

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

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What we liked:

The World Building
Fear the Drowning Deep takes place on the Isle of Man in 1913. The beautiful prose in this book definitely allows you, as a reader, to be transported there. Not only do you feel the creepy sense of mystery and darkness creeping in on a town where mythological creatures are very much alive, but you also can hear the waves crashing against the side of the cliffs and the mysterious creatures calling your name from the depths below. It’s so incredibly descriptive to the point where you feel as if you’re there once that book takes a hold of you.

The Family Support
This is something that you don’t see too often in YA books, but I believe it’s becoming more and more popular over time. She has a large family. A few sisters, a mother, and a father. All of these characters play a pretty vital role in this story and in supporting Bridey through her days working and as an outcast. Though they fight a lot, because what family doesn’t, they still have a beautiful underlying love for each other. I loved seeing this family’s strength throughout the novel!

The Mythology/Folklore
Eastern Europe is riddled with many folklore and mythological creatures of the sea. It was wonderful to see them really come alive and have the fear for this town really become yours. You not only hated the creatures and felt immobilized under the weight of this mystery, but you also found curiosity and a true fear of what was below the surface. The tension built around these creatures was real, folks! I also loved to see how Sarah really entwined the myths and folklore to make it work wonders for her novel. She created something all her own while basing it off of true told stories from a time long ago.

The Romance
Though Fynn and Bridey seemed a little rushed in their romance, I  guess that you can’t really have too many options on an island, can you? I can’t blame her! He’s hot, mysterious, and definitely needs her help. I do wish I could have known a little more about him earlier on, as you don’t really learn anything for a few chapters. I would have loved to be able to really see the character development for him come alive after a chapter or two. Overall, I think the romance in here is a definite shoe in for paranormal romance readers. You want a hot guy who has a bit of a damsel in distress situation mixed with a bit of hot alpha male with a purpose, you just found him. Obviously though, it’s a YA book, so don’t expect too much steam!

What could have been improved:

Tying Up Loose Ends
There were a few questions left open and a few loose ends I felt needed to be tied up by the end of the book. I can see how this might lead to a nice mysterious feel and continue the tension of the novel all the way to the end, but I also wish I was able to tie up the loose ends that are still hanging around in my brain. Sarah, I may be coming to you with some questions!

Overall, I think this was a wonderful YA paranormal with historical elements. Sarah’s lyrical prose is beautiful to read, and her world really comes alive for you. She knows how to build the tension and keep it there through the novel, even if it may take a little bit to really get you hooked in there. It’s a highly recommended book for readers of YA paranormal, mythology intellects, and fans of the sea alike! Four very full hearts!
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Sarah Glenn Marsh

About Sarah Glenn Marsh

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and four rescued greyhounds. When she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls. Her work is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis. Visit her online at http://www.sarahglennmarsh.com

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Sarah is just the sweetest person, and I’m so happy to have been able to meet her last year! It is always so much fun to chat with her! We’re ecstatic that your book has finally come out and we can’t wait to see more of your work. =)

We hope you all have a great Sunday!

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SST: Bound By Blood and Sand (Interview)

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1.  What kinds of things did you have to research for Bound by Blood and Sand?

Most of my research focused on the desert world – I’m from the northeast, so it wasn’t something I was too familiar with. I started with the basics of what I wanted the temperature to be, then looked at real world deserts to start figuring out what kinds of plants and animals they’d have,  which led to deciding what kind of food they’d eat, the crops they’d grow, etc.

 

2. Where did the concept for the plot come from? Did it just hit you one day, or was it slowly developed?

It was definitely a slow process. It started with a conversation with my sister, who’s a global history teacher. She was putting together flashcards for her students to prepare them for multiple choice questions on the state test, and one of the things she told me was that her students should always link together the concepts of civilization and irrigation – irrigation was what allowed agriculture to develop and civilizations to begin to form.

Because I love fantasy, I started to wonder: if irrigation is one of the building blocks of civilization, then would a society with magic use that magic to create irrigation? The most interesting place to play with that idea would be a desert, so I knew it would be a story about a desert world that used magic to control its water. And of course, if you rely on magic, the most interesting story will be found in what happens when that magic vanishes. So that gave me the first seed of the plot.

But figuring out the rest of it – who the characters were, why the magic was vanishing, what they were going to do about it – came much, much more slowly. I toyed around with a ton of ideas and wrote and rewrote the book several times before it all finally came together.

 

3. How did you develop the depth of your world? How did you keep track of all of it?!

The depth of the world came from writing the story itself. I would draft a scene where the characters were eating and make an all-caps note to myself that said [WHAT FOOD?], or a scene where they were getting dressed and I’d note [WHAT DO THEY WEAR?]. After I finished drafting, I went through and started looking at those details and filling them out. It was based largely on the research I’d done already – what they eat is based on what kinds of plants and animals they have, which was based on what kind of plants and animals can survive in a harsh desert. Developing a stronger sense of their world’s culture came later, with a lot of help from my editor. She asked questions about what kind of art they’d have, how the different castes view one another, etc. She showed me a lot of places I could expand on what I’d started with. It was a huge learning process.

As for organizing, I wish I had a good system to keep track of it! But I don’t. I’m constantly scrolling up and down in the text looking for details I’m sure I included to make sure everything lines up.

 

4. Did you add a part of yourself or personal experiences to your characters/ in the book?

Yes and no – mostly no, honestly. I do think that any book is going to be shaped by the writer’s experiences. In my case, it came from a lot of eye-opening political events that happened during my 20s, which made me a lot more aware of inequalities in the real world. But none of the characters or events in BBB&S are based directly on anything that happened in the real world.

 

5. Was there any particular book that sparked your interest in writing, or interest in Bound by Blood and Sand in particular?

I’ve always been interested in writing – it’s been my hobby since middle school or earlier. So there wasn’t a specific influence. I’ve just always loved reading and writing.

 

6. Do you read outside your genre while writing?

Yep. I don’t read as widely as I probably should – most of what I read is concentrated in YA, especially Sci-Fiction/ Fantasy. But I do sometimes read books for grown ups, too. I also enjoy romance as a category, and science-related non-fiction. (For example, Jared Diamond’s non-fiction was actually pretty helpful when I was world building!)

 

7. Were you able to give any input to the cover design of Bound by Blood and Sand?

Only a little bit – but that’s okay with me. I’m not a very visual person or any kind of designer. The first version my editor shared with me was very close to the final, in a lot of ways – it had the desert, and Jae. (I was thrilled to see Jae on the cover! She looks just like I picture her.) The title was in a standard font and my editor let me know they wanted to have it hand-lettered, which was pretty cool – it’s definitely unique. I gave some minor feedback but overall loved it and think they did a fantastic job, and really couldn’t be more thrilled.


About Becky

Becky Allen grew up in a tiny town outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the website director of TheBody.com, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism. Becky lives in New York City.

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Bound by Blood and Sand

Jae is a slave in a dying desert world.

Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free.

Lord Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well.

But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.

Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the kingdom’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave forever.

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SST: A Shadow Bright & Burning (Interview)

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Hello!

We’re kicking off this month’s Sunday Street Team featuring an interview with Jessica Cluess author of A Shadow Bright and Burning! Be sure to check out the other blogs putting up their posts today!

 

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1. It seems like Henrietta will have to do a lot to prove herself as the first female sorcerer, can you talk a little bit about the stereotypes surrounding her and why you decided to make her such a powerful young woman?

Henrietta joins the sorcerers as a young, unmarried girl, which will naturally give her some problems. I thought about certain similarities between her and the young Queen Victoria. Both were young women with little experience, both had to find their way in a man’s world, both had to grow into their roles. I wanted Henrietta to be strong, but also vulnerable. She’s strong-minded, brave, and dedicated to those she loves, yes. But she’s also afraid of the Ancients, she’s never been in a physical battle and she doesn’t know how she’ll handle it, she doesn’t trust easily and she knows that working in this sorcerers’ world means some people will actively try to sabotage her. She feels like an impostor—because she is one—and she makes some very foolish decisions as a result, as well as some brave ones. In essence, I wanted her to be complex, sympathetic, and also a bit exasperating. She’s only sixteen, after all, and she makes her share of mistakes. In my opinion, creating female characters who are flawed as well as sympathetic is how you create well-rounded people we can all relate to.

2. Writing about actual sorcerers isn’t as common in today’s YA. What brought the idea for this book to you, and what made you choose to write about sorcerers?

I wanted a word everyone already knew. Wizards were out, obviously, and so were witches. I originally thought of calling them magicians, but the word sorcerer sounds majestic and a bit intimidating. So I thought that’d be appropriate. The idea of the story all came from a single image of a girl in Victorian dress shooting fire out of her hands, so I knew there’d be magic at play. I just didn’t know what everything would be called, and had to decide as I went along.

3. Can you tell us how your story of “The Chosen One” is different than others out there?

I’ve been pretty blatant in stating that Henrietta isn’t the Chosen One. It’s a case of mistaken identity. While that maybe spoils one of the surprises, I think it’s important to state up front. For one thing, if we just said everyone thinks she’s the chosen one, it doesn’t make the story stand out. For another, Henrietta not being the chosen one isn’t the primary focus of the book. It’s how does she react to that news, and what does she do when she isn’t the one. Also, can a person who isn’t anointed or chosen still be important?

4. Can you give us three characteristics that best describe Henrietta? How about your two male main characters as well?

Henrietta is intelligent, definitely, though it’s more book intelligence than life intelligence. She’s courageous, and she doesn’t trust easily.

As for the boys, well, there’re really three main boys, so I’ll mention them all. Rook, her childhood friend, is patient, loving, but also a bit quick to jump to conclusions. Magnus is charming, extroverted, and impulsive. Blackwood is withdrawn, deeply responsible, and a bit cold.

5. If you could be any character from your book, who would it be and why?

I don’t know, everyone in my book gets kind of a raw deal! I feel most like Hargrove, the sarcastic magician, but I’d prefer to be Magnus, at least for a short while. He’s easy going and always ready to laugh.

6. As a huge fan of Tamora Pierce, how did you feel when you found out she would blurb A Shadow Bright and Burning? It’s a huge honor!

When my editor sent me the blurb, I remember my entire body went numb. I just sat there, blinking at the screen, trying to breathe. She’s the queen of young adult fantasy in many ways, so it was stunning.

7. Writing Fantasy is a whole other ball field of creativity, writing, and selling. Do you have any advice on writing or publishing for other Fantasy writers?

Try to be emotionally invested in what you write. I’d give that advice to any writer, but especially for fantasy authors. Fantasy can be such an odd genre, full of talking swords, hobgoblins, assassins, you name it. If you can’t root all the weirdness in emotions and characters that resonate, it’s going to fall flat for the reader.


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A Shadow Bright and Burning

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she’s brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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Praise for A Shadow Bright and Burning

“Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy.”Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world’s best hope! Jessica Cluess is an awesome storyteller!”
—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

“A fun, inventive fantasy. I totally have a book crush on Rook.”
—Sarah Rees Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

“Pure enchantment. I love how Cluess turned the ‘chosen one’ archetype on its head. With the emotional intensity of my favorite fantasy books, this is the kind of story that makes you
forget yourself.”

—Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

“A glorious, fast-paced romp of an adventure. Jessica Cluess has built her story out of my favorite ingredients: sorcery, demons, romance, and danger.”
—Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters


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SST: Guest Post from Danielle Ellison!

Guest Post by Danielle Ellison, Author of Days Like This!

This is a guest post that I have been DYING to post! Unfortunately, life got in the way and personal problems interfered with my schedule yesterday. However, today is a new and better day, and I’m so thankful that Danielle and Nori have been gracious enough to understand my emotional turmoil yesterday. So, let’s jump to this post!

When I was asked about a blog topic, I was trying to keep in mind that this blog is not only about reading and writing, but about life and learning to live it! I know that Danielle’s Days Like This involves a main character who runs from her troubles, so I asked her if she could talk to all of you about running from fears/problems and how her book reflects that. Danielle, being the amazing writer, author, and person that she is, responded with the most amazing post I’ve ever read.

I give you Danielle Ellison…

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“I am a runner.

No, not an actual laced-up shoes at sunrise, I love exercise and “ isn’t this fun to sweat?” runner.

The other kind: one who flees away from things.

From a young age my mom demonstrated that the best way to handle tough situations, situations that had no hope of ever improving or changing, was to run from them and start over. I wasn’t a quitter–I’m still not–and I will fight tooth and nail for something I want…but conflict? crushing disappointment? areas where I feel like I don’t belong or fit? I run from them and start over somewhere else. It’s the way I was taught.

Sometimes pushing the reset button on life is a good thing. Leaving, being somewhere new, gives you perspective…and sometimes (most times, at least for me) I realize that the thing I was running from wasn’t that big of a deal. And maybe, if I’d stayed, it would have resolved itself. Things mend.  People forget. You move on.

But when you run from something, that thing still haunts you, no matter how far you go, and it makes moving on, mending, forgetting, hard.

When I met Cassie, the MC in my book Days Like This, she was running. She was running from some pretty massive stuff actually: a boy she loved, a thing she was terrified of, her mother, bi-polar disorder, herself. She had no idea where she was going, just that she couldn’t stay where she was. Throughout the book you learn that Cassie, even nearly a year after she left, still hadn’t found whatever she was chasing after–and she certainly hadn’t forgotten what she’d been running from. If anything the distance made it harder to ignore, especially when her new present is forced to intersect with her past.

That’s the thing about running: you don’t always know where you’re going, you just know you don’t want to be where you are. As one of my favorite quotes insists…

“Alice: Which way should I go?

Cat: That depends on where you are going.

Alice: I don’t know.

Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

…if you don’t know where you’re going or what you’re looking for, then you may never find it. you always need to know why you’re running and where you’re running to, otherwise you could end up going in circles only to have it all come crashing back together.

It’s often my instinct to run, even when I don’t know where I’m going.

This relationship on the rocks? Let it go.

This job sucks? Quit it.

Hate this apartment/city? Go to a new one.

Too much going on and I feel like I can’t handle it because OMG make it stop?! Hide. Ignore it.

Writing not going well? Just quit trying.

It’s that last one, writing, that makes me pause because do I really want to quit writing because I’m having a bad day/week/month? No. So, I don’t. I step back, talk it out, re-evaluate and then I realize that I don’t really want to run away from this dream or quit, and instead I have to press on and face it. That lesson, that reality, has taught me to change my perspective on running away. It’s taught me to fight that initial instinct and determine if, maybe, there’s something worth staying, worth fixing, worth fighting for. Usually, there is.

You can’t run from, ignore, hide or quit your problems. They’re always going to be there. I’ve learned that. My mom has learned that. And in Days Like This Cassie learns that. When I start writing this book, I had no idea that this would be a lesson I’d learn. But it was. Watching Cassie go through all of this, watching her struggle with the reality of a situation that she created, made me see the negatives in running. (Isn’t it funny how writing can do that?)

We all have something that we run from–fears, failures, challenges, circumstances, defeat, doubt, trust, love, the future–and in the end it matters not if we run from those things or how far, but whether or not we return to face them. In that, in the facing and acceptance of whatever we are fleeing, we grow. We find something out about ourselves, the people around us, or the world we live in.

And maybe, just maybe, we stay.”

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Synopsis (GR):

Sometimes the only thing standing between fear and hope is you.

Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother’s disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.

Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn’t involve Cassie Harlen.

When Cassie’s mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn’t know how he’s going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.

Neither does Cassie.

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About the Author:

Danielle Ellison spent most of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It’s probably the reason she can’t divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It’s also probably the reason she’s had so many different zip codes and jobs.

Danielle is the author of the YA books, Salt, Storm, and Follow Me Through Darkness. Days Like This is her first NA.

When she’s not writing, Danielle is probably  eating cookies, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

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Rafflecopter Giveaway!

Danielle is gracious enough to be giving away a copy of her book! Enter the giveaway by clicking here!

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So, what do you all think? Is Danielle’s post amazing or what?!?! I absolutely adore her, her writing, and her advice on life. =) Feel free to leave your thoughts below in the comments section!

Thanks for joining in for another Sunday Street Team post! =)

❤ Kelly

Sunday Street Team: Review – Alice in Wonderland High by Rachel Shane + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to April’s Sunday Street Team!

Sunday Street Team is organized by Nori at @ReadWriteLove28, You can also find her blog, and her own review of Alice in Wonderland High, at ReadWriteLove28!

I was so happy to be a part of this tour, and I want to start by thanking Nori for including me, and Rachel Shane for letting all of us borrow your books!

Alice in Wonderland by Rachel Shane

Publisher: Merit Press

Release Date: 04/18/15

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Alice just can’t find a way to be free. Her parents are environmental activists, whose cringe-worthy public protests might involve chaining themselves to a fence and pleading  with passersby to “Save the World. Save Alice!” It’s not that Alice doesn’t believe there’s work to be done. But after a petition to start a farmer’s market meets with more snickers than signatures, she figures she should shut up instead of speaking out. At least, that is, until she can find something that feels real. Then along comes Whitney Lapin, a girl who speaks in cryptic riddles and spends her free time turning abandoned warehouses into beautiful gardens. Charismatic Whitney leads Alice on a rabbit trail into the underground–aka secret society–of Wonderland High. Curiouser and curiouser.

Alice is in wonderland! Even though Whitney’s group of teenage environmental vigilantes operates on the wrong side of the law, with them, Alice is finally free to be herself. She stomps on her good girl image by completing a series of environmental pranks to impress the new group: flooding the school and disguising a pig as a baby in order to smuggle it out of a testing facility. She wants to trust them, and she especially wants to trust (or maybe kiss) Chester Katz, a boy with a killer smile, a penchant for disappearing, and a secret that will turn Alice’s world backwards. But then, one of the young vigilantes tries to frame Alice for all the pranks, and she must figure out their secret before she ends up in front of a jury screaming, “Off with her head!”

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My Review:

I’ll start by saying that I’m not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. Though that is the case, I did enjoy reading this book for a few reasons.

1. I really enjoyed Chess!

I just thought he was the most adorable character in the beginning of this book because he came off as shy, but confident, and slightly mysterious. Those are the type of boys I seem to love in real life, so he just scooped me right off my feet and allowed me to stay that way through the rest of the novel. He was one character I did not want to let go of. Could I have him in real life please Ms. Shane?!

2. I enjoyed the Alice in Wonderland twists to real life.

It was VERY interesting to see how Alice in Wonderland was incorporated into this story. Usually, Alice in Wonderland isn’t taken into a contemporary/real life setting. Normally, it’s used in fantasies because, in essence, that’s what Alice in Wonderland is all about, right? I won’t give anything away, but the way she incorporated different ideas into real life circumstances, such as the Mad Hatter, the fantastical plants and environment, and the Cheshire Cat, were very fun to find, pick out, and stick with throughout the story.

3. I liked the fact that she kept Alice’s naivety from the original.

To me, Alice always just seemed innocent, naive, and almost child-like in some instances. It’s part of her essence, character, and charm. I’m glad that Ms. Shane decided to keep that innocent nature and insert it into her own Alice.

There were also a few things that I didn’t necessarily enjoy; most of which are coming from my own personal preferences.

1. I felt that there were some quirks and descriptors that took me out of the story.

There were times where I was reading this book and I was pulled away from the story because some of the quirkiness that encompasses Alice just didn’t seem natural to me. However, I’m contradicting myself in the same sentence because Alice in Wonderland is full of quirks and odd statements, as this book should be. I just wasn’t a fan of it because it seemed to stop the flow for me. I would sit there and think, “a normal teenager wouldn’t say this”, but we’re not talking about Normal teenagers, are we?

2. Alice was just not a main character to capture my heart.

Like I said before, Alice has just never been my cup of tea. I didn’t truly like her from the beginning because she was just so innocent and naive, but that’s the essence of who Alice is and why she ventures into Wonderland in the first place. I can’t necessarily say that it was by any means a fault in this novel; I claimed before that Alice is supposed to be naive. Alice in Wonderland just seems to not fit with my tastes very well seeing as I’d rather read about the assassin and everything I wish I could be, than to read about Alice and everything that I am.

Overall: 3.5 stars

Well done Ms. Shane! You managed to recreate a wonderful story of Alice in Wonderland and fit the oddness that is this story into characteristics of real life and realistic problems. Not many authors could pull that off and I commend you for even coming up with the idea, let alone pulling it off! It’s a solid start. Congratulations on finishing and publishing your first novel!

Rachel Shane:

Rachel Shane

Rachel Shane studied Creative Writing at Syracuse University and now works in digital publishing at in New York City. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, young daughter, and a basement full of books. This is her first novel.

Giveaway:

Rachel Shane has graciously given us an annotated hardcover of Alice in Wonderland High to giveaway to one lucky winner! You can enter the giveaway by clicking the link below!

Click here for the giveaway!

Finishing up, I’m so sorry I haven’t been around lately. It’s coming down to crunch time in all of my jobs: Recital time, Keystones time, AP testing time, etc. So I ask you all to please excuse me for a bit! I will get my reviews of The Darkest Minds series and An Ember in the Ashes up sooner rather than later. I just need to find the time to write them.

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead of you.

 

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