The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars, Book 1) by Frank Beddor (2006)

Description: (From Back of Book) When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee thorough the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carroll, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!

Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss’ story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions surrounding mad tea parties grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.

Review: I found this to be an interesting take on the classic story of Alice’s adventure in Wonderland and a great start to the trilogy. Beddor was able to take the mysterious land of Wonderland and make it come to life. Although that life was twisted and scary, but in a good way. I found this book to be very enjoyable and a nice easy read. The only real problem I had with the book was some of the dialog. I felt that it was a bit too modern and obviously aimed at teens. I know the book is in the young adult section; however, I felt the dialog could have been better and still enjoyed by the target audience. I am looking forward to the next book, Seeing Redd which comes out August 21, 2007.

Score: 4 out of 5

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About Michelle

I'm a Midwest girl who has landed herself on the east coast. I spend my days in libraryland. My passion/specialty is graphic novels, manga, and anime. For a few weekends of the year you will find me at an anime convention somewhere on the east coast.

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