Book Review | Ever Alice | By H J Ramsay

 

 

 

TheWriteReads BlogTour | BBNYA Finalist

Ever Alice
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Published: 1st August, 2019
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. (Goodreads)  

 

 

 

 

Before we begin, since I was a part of the #BBNYA 2020 panel, I tried to be extremely critical of this book. My review and ratings are based on that.

Let’s talk a little bit about BBNYA.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. It is organised by @TheWriteReads

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If you are a book blogger or reviewer, you can apply to be part of BBNYA 2021 by filling out this  form (also remember to read the terms and conditions before signing up)!

BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society(https://t.co/ghOxJ0NwrG) (If you love beautiful books you NEED to check out their website!) And the book blogger support group TheWriteReads.

 

 

 

BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society(https://t.co/ghOxJ0NwrG)

 

 

(If you love beautiful books like the one above, you NEED to check out their website!) And the book blogger support group TheWriteReads.

 

 

 

My thoughts

 

 

 

 

 

Narrative and Plot

 

 

 

 

 

Ever Alice takes place years after the original Alice in Wonderland. Alice is now fifteen and is placed in a care facility to get better. Taking such a huge risk which is, retelling a book as fascinating as Alice in Wonderland is a feat in itself. I don’t want to compare this with the original as the details of the predecessor is fuzzy in my mind. But I remember the spirit of the story which I definitely got from this. The book is told from both Alice and the Queen of Hearts perspective. That kind of brought the fresh outlook, we look for in a retelling.

The pacing of the story takes a rollercoaster ride in my opinion. It starts by luring you in, but slows down in the middle. However, towards the third half the book picks up pace nicely.

 

 

 

Characters and Conflicts

 

 

 

 

Alice has an innocence throughout which makes the reader root for her even if she is fifteen years old now. She seems to be evolving gracefully. It is a great joy to see all those memorable characters back into action. The White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and of course, the Queen of Hearts. Since Alice is now a teenager, there are new entries like the prince.

As for conflict, the book goes deeper especially with mental health. It has layers that we get to know only when we reach the end of the story which is fascinating by the way.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

 

 

 

Overall I enjoyed this second adventure with Alice. Perhaps it is the familiarity that made me feel like the story is moving slowly in the middle. However, once it picked up on action, I was all into it and had a great time infused with nostalgia. It is one of those books that leaves you with thoughts long after you finish it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Ellie Rayner says:

    Great review Rejitha!

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