When publisher Tokyopop closed its doors, there were fears that many of their series would hang in limbo. So there was much rejoicing when Yen Press rescued Alice in the Country of Hearts, the best-selling series based on a popular Japanese dating simulation game. In the game, and in the original three-volume manga, Alice Liddell is kidnapped from her garden by Peter White, a man with rabbit ears, and taken to Wonderland, where she is forced to stay and interact with (and be courted by) the local citizens. In this spin-off, the focus switches to Elliott March (the March Hare, a hitman for the Mafia) as Alice’s love interest, offering readers a new couple to root for. Prior knowledge of the series is assumed, so some situations and jokes will be lost on new readers, but enough is explained to keep the story moving. The art is strong and easy to follow; many readers won’t even realize the series has a new artist. An interesting spin on a classic tale. Grades 9-12. --Eva Volin
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QuinRose is a Japanese game developer that produces dating-sim games for girls, including the bestselling Alice in the Country of Hearts. Many of their other productions are also loosely based on works of fiction.