Ever Alice: It’s like a different kind of sequel to Alice in wonderland

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay book cover
Published: Aug 1st 2019
Page Count: 347
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…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have been so excited to start reading Ever Alice. When I first came across this book I knew I immediately wanted it because I love all Alice in Wonderland retellings. As a kid, Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite movies. Then when I got older I loved what Tim Burton did with the story as well. So on to my feelings of this book, I liked it a lot, but there were times where I found myself skimming over things. Maybe because I already knew the gist of the story. Some characters took different rolls and that made me sad, but overall I enjoyed reading this book. 

We follow Alice, who because of her story of wonderland has been put in an insane asylum by her parents. She has insisted that her adventures of Wonderland were all true, but not a single soul believes her. After being in the asylum for a while now and not getting better her doctor decides to take her to another asylum to get an experimental surgery that should get rid of her madness. At first, Alice is all for it because she just wants to have a normal life and get back to her family, but after seeing more that can happen to her during this procedure she decides she no longer wants it. With perfect timing, the White Rabbit shows up and tells Alice she has to come with him. 

Once she is back in Wonderland, which makes her feel so much better because now she knows she isn’t crazy, the rabbit and his friends have a mission for Alice. That mission is to kill the Queen of Hearts. Alice is torn because she doesn’t want to kill anyone but she also wants to help her friends. She decided to go undercover for them and help them in any way that she can. Once she gets closer to the Queen and others in the palace things get harder for Alice and she realizes things are not as they seem. 

I think H. J. did an amazing job bringing these characters back to life. I enjoyed most of the changed she made, except for 2. This was a fun adventure to follow Alice on and there were so many lovable characters. One thing that I absolutely loved was the incorporation of the Jabberwocky poem by Lewis Carroll. It is one of my favorite poems. My kids have even memorized it! So every line or creature taken from it and put into the book was definitely a happy for me. 

I recommend this book for anyone who has a love for Alice in Wonderland and honestly everyone else! Go out and read it and let me know what your thoughts were!!!


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