Alice in wonderland is one of my favourite fairy tales (Yes, I do consider it a fairytale) Here are a few favourites.
5 Alice In Wonderland Retellings
These books aren't listed in order of my favourite. I'll also explain the plot and what I liked and hopefully convince you to read them as well.
Plot: Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
Thoughts: I personally aren't a fan of love triangles but this was defiantly very captivating and different. The aspects of the world of Alice In Wonderland was smartly included and was very fun to spot. Mature romance and a very interesting take of mental illnesses.
Alice In Zombieland! (White Rabbit Chronicles)
Plot: If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
Thoughts: This book was such a cool modern take of Alice In Wonderland with the included idea of zombies and even ghosts. The adventure and journey was such a page turner! I really liked that the author incorporated the character "Cole" to have purple eyes as I think it's meant to be a Mad Hatter Easter egg.
Plot: Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
Thoughts: I love books that show the villains side of things! Seeing a take on The Queen Of Hearts story was so amazing. The aesthetic of this book was so stunning and I wish I could of joined this world. All books that have the villains perspective are interesting but this one made me feel so sympathetic for Cath. The romance in this is so poetic and beautiful, it makes me so sad this book is a stand alone.
Alice By Heart!
Plot: London, 1940. Amidst the rubble of the Blitz of World War II, fifteen-year-old Alice Spencer and her best friend, Alfred, are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. Sick with tuberculosis, Alfred is quarantined, with doctors saying he won’t make it through the night. In her desperation to keep him holding on, Alice turns to their favourite pastime: recalling the book that bonded them, and telling the story that she knows by heart–the story of Alice in Wonderland. What follows is a stunning, fantastical journey that blends Alice’s two worlds: her war-ravaged homeland being held together by nurses and soldiers and Winston Churchill, and her beloved Wonderland, a welcome distraction from the bombs and the death, but a place where one rule always applies: the pages must keep turning. But then the lines between these two worlds begin to blur. Is that a militant Red Cross Nurse demanding that Alice get BACK. TO. HER. BED!, or is it the infamous Queen of Hearts saying…something about her head? Soon, Alice must decide whether to stay in Wonderland forever, or embrace the pain of reality if that’s what it means to grow up.
Thoughts: I first heard about this book through the adapted musical (Check out the soundtrack) I really loved the musical and was then excited to read the book. Reading through the pages to see how a character wants to live through the world of a book was so relatable and also such a bittersweet story.
Plot: Prince Carden of Tierney lost his home, family, and claim to the throne in one fell swoop when he rebelled against his father for a cause he knew was right. Instead of wallowing in despair, he embarks on a new journey, starting a new life on the Southern Isle. When he finds himself caught in a web woven by the famously ruthless fae queen, Coeur, he insults her and she vows to teach him the most difficult and heart-breaking lesson he will ever learn: that humans are incapable of love, and that hearts are beastly things. Arabella wasn’t really living, she was existing and surviving as best she could. A chance encounter with Carden changes everything for her, but the deadly game he’s dragged her into might cost her life. Still, she agrees to play. The rules the fae queen gives them are vague, and it’s obvious there are things Queen Coeur isn’t telling them. She’s sure of it. But what she does know is that together, she and Carden must pass a series of tests and trials. If they fail, game over. But if they succeed, she just might be able to restore her family and carve out the life she’s always envisioned.
Thoughts: What I really loved about this book was that it was a mashup of Alice In Wonderland and Beauty And The Beast. In this new mystical world where Carden and Arabella are playing this dangerous game that have so many aspects and elements of Alice In Wonderland which is always exciting to see. I'm also a huge sucker for books that have guys who are total womanisers who actually fall in love and just want to be with that one person.
Thank you for checking out my recommendations! Comment if there is any other books you want me to recommend and show my opinion on.
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