Return to Wonderland (Looking Glass Saga #1)


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Alice has put the happening of wonderland behind her and is starting her new life at a new school. She is quick to make friends, however, when a purple haired boy shows up this go bad. The Cheshire cat is determined to get Alice back to Wonderland to fix the problems that have cropped up since the last time she was there. While trying to keep things under wraps so her parents don’t find out, Alice gets dragged back into Wonderland.

I really wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book, but it was surprisingly good. It did take a little bit to get into it, and I feel like it ended with a little awkwardly. It did end with a cliffhanger, and we all know how I feel about that.

What I liked about the book is that it gives you enough information on the previous visits to Wonderland that if you haven’t read the book Alice in Wonderland then it’s ok. I did enjoy the difference in this book to the original Wonderland, it gave it something to work towards. The Cat is aiming to return Wonderland to its old crazy world that it once was, however, Alice doesn’t want to be a part of it in any way. Alice also gets some interesting powers in this book that help her a great deal in Wonderland which is interesting.

I feel like the character development was interesting, however, the Cat’s personality was a little awkward and all over the place. Though I know in the original book, the Cheshire Cat was very sly and manipulative, this time he was a little more physical when he was trying to convince Alice to do something. I did enjoy Alice’s new friends, which is an entire family containing Twins and Triplets. I will say though, her friend Adrianne is a little nonchalant about Alice’s story of Wonderland. However, when you’re that age, I guess, you want to believe in believable things. Later in the book, it makes more sense that she believes Alice, as she can now see Wonderland in the mirrors.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and might even pick up the next book… Even though the current Goodreads review is 1 star.

I received a copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only.


The Ghost



When a decaying corpse is found in the woods, the police are pulled in. However, things get worse when they start finding multiple women’s corpses with the same injuries. The police quickly figure out that there is a serial killer on the loose. Now they are one a time crunch to figure out who is killing the women so the public doesn’t become even more paralyzed with fear for their young women.

I really wanted to love this book. Just reading the synopsis had me intrigued by the story. The concept was so interesting, however, the writing was lacking. I felt like the book slacked on dialogue and insight on police procedures to fit in more death. I loved how we got to see from the murders point of view as that gave some depth to the murders. I always enjoy when books incorporate this point of view.

I feel like the character development fell flat for me in this book. I felt like Murphy was going to be a more dynamic character in this book, however, past linking her to Carlucci there wasn’t more information about her. I actually feel like Carlucci was the most fleshed out character but that is only because people mention his book and ask about his relationship with Murphy.

I feel like this book was just too short for the character that they were trying to tell. The story was interesting and the concept was solid, however, if it had of been expanded to incorporate more of the police procedural and less of the cops just running around it would have been more interesting. The author proves his proficiency by in his writing style, at times it’s perfectly balanced and the description is exactly what a police procedural needs. This book has a solids foundation, just a subpar execution.

I received a copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only, however, it’s also on Kindle Unlimited.