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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Review: The Looking Glass Wars

Title: The Looking Glass Wars
Author: Frank Beddor
Format Reviewed: print
The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook.
The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss' parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears.
But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong.
Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

My Review: 
So, this book is generally rated at ages 9 years and up -- yes, 358 pages. I'm not certain a 9 year old could manage to read such a long book. 

Don't misunderstand, my children--I've left them very open to the world. I know that I can't shelter them forever, so I've simply not attempted to do so. So make no mistake, there is death, violent battles and the loss of important characters to that death. So, it's not the content for not reading it. It simply the length.

Remember Alice in Wonderland? Tea Parties? Well, forget it. This is a new Wonderland. We have a not so normal Alice in Alyss and an evil Aunt that wants to ruin things.

Beddor has creatively {and quite wonderfully, in my opinion} recreated the characters. They have humor, they have evil, they have complete bad luck at points, it seems.

Can you believe the author of this book also produced There's Something About Mary?

Would I recommend this book? Definitely. And not just for your kids. Take a little time to read it too. Better yet, maybe pick it up and read it during a nightly hour of family time.

Great timeline included at the back of the book.

Rating: 4/5

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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