I was never one who loved Alice in Wonderland- not the classic story, at least. Even for my imagination, it was a little bit too crazy. Sometimes that happens- a book is so out there that even though it's a classic, you can't really wrap your head around it. And then I found some books that took Alice's world and twisted it into something wholly different, something amazing. Now, I haven't read all of these series, but I have on good authority that they're very good, and most of them are on my read list. So here are a few Alice-twists that caught my eye.
1. The Looking Glass Wars- Frank Beddor: This is hands-down my favorite adaptation. It took total nonsense and turned it into something I could wrap my head around- still wild, still fantastic, but utterly thrilling. Alyss is swept away from Wonderland and tells her story to Carroll, hoping that someone will come find her, take her home. And they do- only to be challenged by the Cat, the personal assassin of the Queen of Hearts and wrapped in a dangerous game of imagination and a struggle for the throne. It's exhilarating, unique, entrancing- any number of words, and I highly recommend all three books in the series. You can find them by clicking here.
2. The Splintered series- A.G. Howard: This is a series that I think about a lot. I haven't read it yet, but the covers of all three books catch my eye every time I look at them. It's a tale of madness and is darker than you might expect, but I've heard good things, and the first book is a nominee for one of KHCPL's current teen displays- the Elliot Rosewater Award. You ccan find out more and request a copy here.
3. The White Rabbit Chronicles- Gena Showalter: This is a retelling that I'm not very familiar with (not a zombie fan) but I've heard good things from a former coworker. The synopsis is vague, the concept could be interesting, but it's up to you to decide. I personally am more interested in the previous two series, but of course it's your decision. You can check out the White Rabbit Chronicles by clicking this link
4. Heartless- Marissa Meyer: Okay, this one isn't released yet, and it probably won't be until next year sometime, but I'm so excited I have to include it. It's a prequel about the Queen of Hearts and how she became what she is, written by the same author that writes the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Fairest, Winter). I love those books, and I love the concept, so I'm really hoping it's amazing.
So whatever you think about Alice in Wonderland, keep on believing and don't let the man get you down, whatever that actually means. And just remember-
So keep on dreaming.