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Wonderland Academy: Book One (Hearts and Stars 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 396 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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|Age Level: 13 - 18|
- Book 1 of 1 in Hearts and Stars
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- File Size : 4229 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 396 pages
- Publication Date : August 27, 2019
- Publisher : Clockpunk Press (August 27, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07SLTL8SB
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #192,672 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I ate this book like it was a little tea cake on a table full of kale. I tried to read slowly so that I could prolong finishing it; I forced myself to hide my kindle so I could at least space it out to two days. Much like cake, I loved this book! (Cake exception: carrot. No. But I'll lick the frosting.)
The concept of Wonderland Academy is fresh among the myriad takes upon Alice, but also maintains the integrity of the majority of the original Carroll telling. Those details that have changed slightly do so in a manner that is authentically plausible and won't offend any die-hard Alice-heads out there. The story moves quickly and smoothly. There is a traumatic event that is referred to in memories, which is unfortunately very relevant to present-day (see book description), and I think the subject matter is dealt with extremely well. It's not graphic nor sensationalist but lamentably fits into the story seamlessly, though that's a "world" problem, not a book problem.
And then there is the snark. Melanie Karsak is a Snark Alchemist. She has the snark recipe perfected and brings enough for the whole class. (No peanuts.) I've read several of her books and she walks the snark line well in all of them. I find myself relating more to [Alice] Lacey Crane more than the historic. Lacey is Alice, upgraded.
On a personal note, I was really excited to be chosen to recieve an ARC. I thoroughly loved Melanie's (may I call you Melanie?) steampunk take on Alice, which was filled with Wonderlandish easter eggs. It's obvious that Melanie knows her Wonderland stuff.
Verdict: EAT THIS BOOK! (but read it first)
This author as a way about her writing, it is addictive and playful; has snark and humor, yet always manages to blend (flawlessly) my childlike need for adventure and my adult need for wonderful characters. The imagination and depth this author managed to incorporate into this story is beyond anything I could have imagined myself! I loved the classes the character took and would really; really love my own tea cup!
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime and hold on to your jabberwocky. This wild ride is worth every page, every missed adulting moment and every minute of sleep! I received an ARC and am leaving an honest review; I also purchased a copy for my favorite’s library.
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Ps there is a prequel story introducing Princess Amber and her family (and giving you a bit more insight into her character) available in a boxset of short magical academy prequel stories called Tales Out of School. And the best thing? It's currently free!