ARC Review : Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay

Ever Alice || H.J. Ramsay

  Published by | Red Rogue Press on 01/08/2019 (DD/MM/YY)

  Genres | Young Adult + Fantasy

  Rating | Avocado Avocado Half-Avo Non-Avocado Non-Avocado( RATING 2.5 / 5 )

Set after Alice’s initial trip to Wonderland at fifteen, she never stopped believing in the magical world just beyond her fingertips. Her mother, father, school, even her sister didn’t believe her, but Alice refused to let them think anything other than the truth: Wonderland is real. Desperate for Alice to be ‘cured of her madness’, her parents resign Alice to the care of an asylum, and just before the evil doctor is to perform a surgery that could irreversibly damage her, the white Rabbit comes to her aid, and returns her to Wonderland, with one request. Kill the Queen of Hearts.

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Hello bookish people!

I read this book extremely close to the deadline, I must admit. Ever Alice is the book I always thought I wanted, a sequel to my beloved Alice in Wonderland, especially since Wonderland has always been a source of amazement for me. Ever Alice is the closest book to Alice in Wonderland that I have ever read.

This book was written so well! The characters, the world building, even the different and topsy-turvy sayings of the characters! I fell very in love with this book, and had to think through so many different scenarios in my head, because the characters never seem to do what they are supposed to! Sticking very close to the original story, H.J. Ramsay even remembered that Bess smelt of pepper!

I did have two complaints though. As I always do, I am just insatiable, unfortunately! I was very confused by the plot at most times. Although we were given a general understanding of Alice’s commitment to the Aboveground organisation, I felt that this was more Rosamund’s story (The Queen of Hearts herself). We seemed to have a lot of time with Rosamund, and although it is very obviously stated that she is mad, I felt that the appearances of Thomas and Pedro were rather irrelevant or poorly explained rather than to show the fact that “look! I can prove she is mad!” It felt that the author wasn’t confident in her ability to present the character as ‘mad’.

Secondly, (AND THIS IS PARAGRAPH IS FULL OF SPOILERS) the ending made absolutely no sense? Everyone in the Queendom had tried to kill the Queen, so that means that Alice isn’t going to be prosecuted? And Thomas, the ‘love interest who failed’ who was the Queen’s son, just apologized for accusing only her? And are they together now? Plus, we get a flash to Alice in the asylum post-surgery, so I am assuming we just read a book full of Alice’s delusions? I have so many problems with this ending. (BTW that’s the end of the SPOILERS)

To summarise, I was reunited with one of my childhood favourites, however was left severely wanting near the end. I recommend this if you are good with open endings, but if you aren’t - like me - I would say that this version of Alice just isn’t for you, my friend.

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5 comments :

  1. Aww, I'm sorry this didn't live up to your expectations! I also love Alice in Wonderland, and this doesn't sound like the best retelling of it. Hopefully your next read is better!����

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    1. Yes, unfortunately it fell short.
      Thank you so much, me too! :)

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear that this didn't live up to your expectations, especially as it seemed to start off so well for you. I hope you find another Alice in Wonderland retelling that works better for you; there are a lot of interesting sounding ones out there.

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    1. Thank you! Me too! I think that writing a "sequel" was a bit ambitious :/

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    2. Yes probably, carrying on from a well known and beloved tale is always going to be challenging.

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