Her Mad Hatter by Marie HallGenre: Fantasy, Fairytale, Retelling
Reviewed on January 23, 2015
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The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.
Since the book blurb was promising, I decided to give Her Mad Hatter a try and I do not regret it. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite fairytales and this book is a surprising and fascinating retelling that reminds me why I love Wonderland.
“Little girl. Little girl.”
“No, she is a woman, gnatty old fool. Look at those boobs.”
That’s right. Alice is all grown.
Since she was a little girl, Alice Wu has been passionate about all things Wonderland. And she has a thing for Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter. (I sure did.)
Things go from weird to weirder to crazy when her life is thrown off balance— to be specific, from the moment a white rabbit shoves her out of her apartment window on the 18th floor! The next thing she knows she finds herself stranded in Wonderland, the world she dreams about.
Has this obsession with Wonderland gone to her head? She’s probably dreaming and rocking herself to the brink of insanity in a mental hospital, right?
Wonderland is very real. And so is the Mad Hatter.
Mad as a hatter. Why had she ever thought that was sexy?
Wonderland won’t be the same without the Hatter once the madness takes over him completely. For centuries, his fairy godmother has searched for the right Alice.
He grabbed his head, trying to recall why he’d been so angry. Trying to hang on and remember, lest he lose the thought like he’d lost so many others.
Hatter won’t last another year and only The Alice can save him. But he doesn’t want to be saved by Alice Wu and he has his reasons.
A snake could shed its skin many times in its life, but it never stopped being a snake. New Alice couldn’t be so different from Evil Alice.
I won’t give anything else away because no duh, surprises are best left as surprises.
Overall: I like this book because of its sweetness and because I fell in love with the magic of Wonderland. Being magical, I expected some bad-assery and evil, but then of course, this is a love story and only the romance matters. I really wanted other characters to have a big part to play; for example, the evil queen, who doesn't seem to exist in this story's Wonderland. For a moment, I was fooled there wouldn’t be a happy ending for Alice and Hatter. Also, I’m not a big fan of that cover. Both covers. I hope somebody presents a new design soon.
(Book is free on Kindle.)