I’m fussy about my retellings, but I somewhat enjoyed this one. My main reason for enjoying it was because it was really beautifully written. And- let’s be honest- because I’m a massive fan of Alice in Wonderland and I like kooky concepts- so this was pretty much up my alley.
However I did not go mad mad mad as March hares for this book. In fact, in all honesty, it made me a tad confused. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why (and I don’t want to totally take it out on the book cos I was ill while reading it) but one of the reasons I found it so strange was that the setting was weird. I had to check if it was supposed to be in London (it wasn’t) and I also got a little befuddled by the opening because it kept flashing back and forth in time.
I did quite like the twist towards the end, but the rest of the plot hinged on a romance I just was not invested in. I couldn’t stomach the cheating-but-not-really-cheating going on in the background (“it’s okay cos the significant other is a bitch and *surprise* we broke up a week ago, but you didn’t know that, so in your mind you were cheating”- you know all that morally grey goodness). And worst of all- there was a LOVE TRIANGLE- gah!
And in terms of characters… not a huge amount to report. Like I said, I wasn’t really invested in them. And, naturally, the author resorted to having someone tell the heroine she was sweet over and over again- which as you can see from the relationship mess wasn’t a justified assessment of her *at all*. She was a lot of things, but I never saw any evidence of sweetness.
So not as original as I would have liked, but still a decent enough read. Take this one with a pinch of salt (or a strong dose of alcohol like I did). As for whether I will read the next one…. Well maybe if it falls into my lap, but I can’t see myself intentionally going down that rabbit hole.
Rating 3/5 bananas
So I clearly have pretty lukewarm thoughts about this book- have you read any “meh” books lately? Have you read this? Let me know in the comments below!