Title: Ever Alice.
Author: HJ Ramsay.
Publisher: Red Rogue Press.
Page count: 347.
Release day: August 1st 2019.
Genre: YA, fantasy, retelling.
*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this arc!*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Alice’s stories of Wonderland did more than raise a few eyebrows—it landed her in an asylum. Now at 15 years of age, she’s willing to do anything to leave, which includes agreeing to an experimental procedure. When Alice decides at the last minute not to go through with it, she escapes with the White Rabbit to Wonderland and trades one mad house for another: the court of the Queen of Hearts. Only this time, she is under orders to take out the Queen. When love, scandal, and intrigue begin to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block.
Unfortunately this was not for me. My main reason for DNF’ing this book is that I was just kinda bored..
Barely anything happened in this book. We read from both Alice’s and the Queen of hearts perspective. The queen of hearts part is basically her continuously saying to behead someone, and that’s about it. Alice was asked by people to kill the queen, which she doesn’t want to do, but she still helps these people. So she becomes a maid of the Queen, and is just afraid most of the time.
I stopped reading this book around 60%, I feel like there was some kind of action coming, but by that time I was kinda dreading picking it up, that I just stopped.
Another thing that kinda annoyed me was that I think that the author tried to do the same weird and whimsical writing as Alice in Wonderland. And for me it just did not work. Little things like saying unimportant instead of important, kinda annoyed me..
It is a fun twist on the original story, so I do think this book will fit with some readers!
This is a short one, but I don’t have more to say haha.
6 thoughts on “ARC review – Ever Alice”
Shame that didn’t work out for you – I always like the Idea of Alice retellings but I’m a bit more careful these days about rushing in so thanks for the review – I’ll avoid this one.Lynn 😀
Thanks! Yeah I should be more careful too!
Ooooh, I have this on my ARC list, so I’m … kind of less intrigued about it!!
I was excited before reading it, but it was really disappointing..
I, too, found the “whimsical” Wonderland stuff so annoying, especially “unimportant”. None of it worked. I don’t blame you for DNF-ing it; I kind of wish I had because I’m still upset at something that happened near the end.
Good to hear that I’m not the only knr haha!
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