Author: A. G. Howard
Published: January 1, 2013
Jeb comes into the story fairly quickly too and he’s supposed to be this older brother type character that is also in love with her? I kind of got that, but I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t really buying it. Most of the time the two were fighting and at odd ends so it didn’t seem like they had this good relationship. It probably felt this way because we go into the story where Alyssa already had Jeb help in shooting down her dreams to go to London. I think what might’ve helped is if it showed this great relationship only to have it soured by Jeb siding with her father and saying she can’t go to London. So most of their romance and their relationship felt really factual. It never felt like there really was a relationship. It kind of was the case of the shoehorned romance. Jeb and Alyssa’s scenes felt like they were totally not appropriate to the situation they were in. Like I said in the beginning I was sitting there going, “Now’s not the time guys. We have other problems to worry about.” In all honesty I wasn’t interested in Jeb almost at all. He felt really overprotective and possessive like a hovering dad instead of an older brother so it was kind of weird in that sense that they had a romance going on.
Now Morpheus on the other hand. Whoo boy. I liked Morpheus a lot more. He too was really possessive of Alyssa, but with him I actually felt like he had history with Alyssa. I really loved their chemistry together and while Morpheus is totally the bad boy (not pseudo bad boy like this guy is pretty much an antagonist), I was rooting for him and Alyssa rather than Jeb and Alyssa I will be perfectly honest haha. He was really swoon worthy so I liked him a lot more. Morpheus just had this draw to him and I personally couldn’t help but get a bit infatuated with him and I’m normally a really abrasive person when it comes to guys. He was really charismatic and had a good sense of style so why wouldn’t I love him right? He just… you know has that really possessive, manipulative, and self serving attitude, but technicalities right?
Overall I think this book was a fun book. The world building was pretty fantastic and while some descriptions like certain pieces of clothing and character features were a little hard to follow, it didn’t really hinder my experience all that much. I loved how creepy this story was as a retelling, it’s a new fresh kind of look at Alice in Wonderland. It really reminded me of a lot of the older stuff that Tim Burton created. (Side tracking for a moment, there was an exhibit for him at LACMA and I totally went to that and it was great.) The book started a little slow in the beginning, but once we get to Wonderland the adventure starts and you’re on a wild ride. It didn’t have any problem with feeling like I was part of the story. I constantly felt confused and it was really hard to trust Morpheus after he manipulates Alyssa multiple times which really helped me sympathize and be on her side of things. If you’re into Alice in Wonderland stories you’re probably going to enjoy this.