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Staff Review: "Alice" by Christina Henry


My favorite fairy tale retellings are those that you can’t immediately identify as a retelling, and this is one of the best.

Meet Alice. Alice lives in a mental institution, she has no memory of how she got there, or why. She does have memories, just bits and pieces here and there; a tea party, long ears, the large slash down the side of her face, and *so* much blood. 

Her only friend is another patient named Hatcher, who helps her escape after a fire engulfs the institute. Alice and Hatcher were not the only thing the fire set free, a shadow shrouded in magic and mystery, the Jabberwock is now on the hunt and they must run.

As the pair attempt to gather their memories and escape from the Jabberwock they are thrust into the dark underbelly of the city, a place that is looking more and more familiar. Once you start this book you won’t be able to put it down until you find out all the secrets, and uncover all the bits of original fairy tale in this novel.

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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