Title: The Looking Glass Wars
Author: Frank Beddor
Publisher: Dial Books
Date Published: 2006
Main themes: love, friendship, orphans, fantasy worlds, murder, imagination
Plot (from book jacket):
“Alyss of Wonderland?
When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous aunt Redd, she find 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 teh 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 het to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as Queen of Hearts.”
Why did I wait so long to read this book!? I haven’t read a YA fantasy novel that was this amazing in FOREVER! Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my absolute favorite stories and Frank Beddor’s version is no exception! I loved the original Alice in Wonderland, but, gosh, this version is totally fighting for favorite.
The world of Wonderland and its inhabitants were so wonderfully imagined. Hatter Madigan was one of my favorite characters – he was just so intriguing and interesting. I was amazed by the characters and landscapes of Beddor’s Wonderland.
Alyss was an awesome main character. I found myself rooting for her and the Alyssians in their fight against her crazy Aunt Redd and the bullying people from the other side of the Pool of Tears.
And, oh my goodness, Dodge! I seriously loved childhood friend turned jaded man. I can’t wait to find out more about him and his and Alyss’ relationship in the next novel, Seeing Redd (which is totally on the table right now begging me to open it and dive in!).
I can’t say enough good things about The Looking Glass Wars! My dreams would come true if Beddor decided to rewrite Peter Pan as well – eeek!
Ratings (Out of 10):
Writing Style: 10
Read it! I’m totally in shock of its awesomeness right now!