Alice In Wonderland Tag!!!

Alice In Wonderland Tag!!!

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the publication of one of the most memorable pieces of literature known to man. On November 28, 1865, author Lewis Carroll welcomed readers everywhere to a place filled with opposites, celebration of unbirthdays aside a mad hatter and scruffy hare, talking flowers, an anxiety-ridden white rabbit, a blood thirsty queen, and a curious blonde haired child who fell down a rabbit hole into a world not her own. I fell in love with the story as a child even more now as an adult with my closet filled with Alice costumes, Mad Hatter Hats, and Cheshire cat plush toys to prove it.

I discovered this tag on Shori’s World blog and instantly wanted to take a crack at it! There are 12 books for each of the 12 chapters in the novel. Each question represents something that is relevant to the theme addressed in the chapter. Some of the original questions asked for Anime instead of books so I switched them for this blog. Here we go!

Chapter 1: Down The Rabbit Hole

PICK THE FIRST NOVEL YOU’VE READ / REMEMBER READING

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I listened to books on tape when I was little and as I began to read, I remember Charlotte’s Web being one of the first books I actually fully read.

 

Chapter 2: The Pool of Tears

PICK A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH THE BATTLE BETWEEN REASON AND EMOTION

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To sum it up in the words of author Max Brooks, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

Chapter 3: The Caucus Race and a Long Tale

PICK A BOOK WITH A LACK OF CLEAR PURPOSE OR A BOOK THAT COMMENTS ON MEANINGLESSNESS

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When your life is an endless circle of work, work work with nothing to show for it, you sometimes ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” This book makes you wonder if that is all life is until the main character has two choices, but each choice has her meeting a special person only at different moments in time. It makes you question whether this meaningless feeling is nearly temporary or leads you to your true purpose in life.

 

Chapter 4: The Rabbit Sends a Little Bill

PICK BOOK THAT DEALS WITH THE DISCOMFORT OF GROWING UP.

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Enough said, it’s Peter Pan!

 

Chapter 5: Advice From a Caterpillar 

PICK A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH IDENTITY CRISIS.

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I personally call this an identity crisis novel. Why? You have a man go from nothing to something then try to regain his love from his past and instead of having the “happy ending”, his whole magnificent present begins to unravel at the seems and he ends up as he was at the beginning of his personal journey, nothing.

 

Chapter 6: Pig and Pepper

PICK A BOOK THAT CHALLENGES TRADITIONAL SOCIAL NORMS.

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This whole series challenges their world. Every dystopian novel can fit into this category.

Chapter 7: A Mad Tea-Party

PICK A BOOK THAT CHALLENGES PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIVERSE.

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This book is the complete opposite of The Chronicles of Narnia, more like a darkness to the light of that series. I remember people, especially religious individuals, freak out over the metaphors contained within this series. It definitely challenged the principles of the universe in terms of fiction.

Chapter 8: The Queen’s Croquet Ground

PICK A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH THE ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL BEAUTY.

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This series encompasses this. The Lunars make you see what you want them to see while our characters are the “misfits” and seek to disprove the lies. All of these girls have flaws while the Lunar Queen wishes her subjects to see perfection. This is truly a test of natural beauty vs. artificial beauty.

 

Chapter 9: The Mock Turtle’s Story 

PICK A BOOK THAT QUESTIONS MORALITY.

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In WWII, Jews were persecuted by the German Nazis. For the families who harbored Jewish families or runaways, they were considered to be enemies to the German government. For Annemarie Johansen, her family questions the morality set by the government. Instead they do the true good and rescued a young girl and kept her safe.

 

Chapter 10: Lobster Quadrille 

PICK A BOOK WHERE A CHARACTER IS ISOLATED, WITH NO ONE BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THEM.

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This story is centered around a character who after she loses everything she knows, she isolates herself within herself. Throughout the book, she discovers who she is through falling in love and the choices she must make in order to survive.

 

Chapter 11: Who Stole the Tarts 

PICK A BOOK THAT QUESTION JUSTICE OR LEGAL SYSTEM.

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I first read this book back when I was a freshman in high school. The mysterious figure known as “The Scarlet Pimpernel” saves the innocent lives of the French elite from the guillotine. His moves against the French judicial system is not only a mere question against their legal system but a rebellion unto itself. I highly recommend this book!

Chapter 12: Alice’s Evidence

PICK A BOOK WHERE A CHARACTER HAS AN EPIPHANY.

This one, I had a hard time coming up with a book for because there are so many. I’m personally keeping it blank due to the fact any main character or multiple characters can have an epiphany about an event, mystery, or circumstance. This, in part, can make or break the series or the novel. I can think of several in the Mortal Instruments series, specifically. Then there are some in the Harry Potter series. But narrowing it down is too hard.

 

Think you can take this challenge? Fill out the questions yourself and don’t forget to tag me so I can see your answers!

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

 

C.H.B. ARC Reviews: “Lost In Wonderland (The Twisted and the Brave B.1) By Nicky Peacock

C.H.B. ARC Reviews: “Lost In Wonderland (The Twisted and the Brave B.1) By Nicky Peacock

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Author: Nicky Peacock
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Publishing Date: April 14, 2016
Available: Amazon

NetGalley Description: “Monsters, serial killers, and imaginary friends—being a Wonderlander can be murder…

Once upon a time, Kayla was lost. Then she found Wonderland, but not the one you know. Run by ex-government agents and funded by an eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire, this Wonderland is the name of a collective of highly trained vigilantes who hunt serial killers. Now Kayla, aka Mouse, works tirelessly alongside her fellow Wonderlanders, Rabbit and Cheshire, baiting dangerous murderers. But even her extensive training hasn’t prepared her for the return of her older brother…

Shilo has spent most of his life in an insane asylum, convinced his mother was abducted by a sinister Alaskan monster who lures the lost away to feast upon their flesh. And now he’s certain that his sister is in the same monster’s crosshairs. But if Shilo is going to save what’s left of his family, he’ll have to convince his sister that maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little mad.”

My Review

I have been a huge lover of the Alice In Wonderland tale since I was a little girl. It was one of my favorite Disney Film adaptions, both the cartoon and Tim Burton’s take, and I have watched almost all of the live action film adaptions separate from Disney. The story of a young girl chasing a white rabbit carrying a pocket watch, trips and falls down a rabbit hole into a world filled with mind boggling characters speaking in riddles and poems that send you into a quizzical frame of mind any time you read the story.

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In Lost In Wonderland, it’s a much different take on the story. It’s not a different adaption, but it takes elements of the classic and transforms it into a  darker, mystery narrative.

Kayla and Shilo witnessed the murder of their mother and their fathers suicide at a young age. Shilo is institutionalized, driven mad by memory of the murder and the idea that their mother was murdered by an ancient monster called the Kushtaka. Kayla, on the other hand, gets a completely different fate. She is adopted by two ex-government agents who now train and send out children to hunt down serial killers.

The Wonderland aspect comes into play with her new living situation. Her adoptive parents, along with her other two adopted siblings, are re-named after Alice In Wonderland characters and they frequently quote lines from the story. Even her adoptive parent’s daughter who had been murdered was named “Alice” and the man who started their operative is called “Hatter”.

Now, they receive a new case about women and girls disappearing up in Alaska. The main territory coincidently is where Kayla and Shilo used to live when they were children. This sparks events to begin unravelling that makes Kayla wonder if Shilo was telling the truth about the Kushtaka after all.

I enjoyed hearing the story from both Shilo and Kayla’s perspective. I will mention, though, that there were times I wanted to throttle Shilo. He began to annoy me at times. Yes, I understand he’s troubled because of the past but there are certain things he does continuously that make me wonder if he truly wanted to save his sister or not from the monster that killed their mother.

Other than that, enjoyed the book and recommend it to all of you Wonderlanders out there!

 

*Disclaimer* I received a free ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

 

My Rating: 7 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms

Happy Reading!

~C.C.