This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, as well as a girl's pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers-precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother's mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice's tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice's mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
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by A.G. Howard
by Howard Fast
by Howard Kaplan
by Ingrid Thoft
by Fiona Harper
by Mary Balogh
by A.G. Riddle
by Howard Swindle
"Teenage Alyssa has begun having the same delusions that landed her mother in a mental hospital: Bugs and flowers whisper secrets to her. It seems all the women in the family have suffered this fate--all the way back to Alice Liddell, the inspiration for ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. But Alyssa discovers that Wonderland is real; she and her mother are not insane; and she has the power to save herself, her mom, and future generations from this curse. Rebecca Gibel's narrative voice is pleasantly raspy while her characters are delightfully unique, especially those from Wonderland. The listener can enjoyably picture whispery pixies, imposing queens, a stuffy-nosed Humpty Dumpty, and a charming Cockney-accented villain. Gibel's sterling performance improves this over-the-top paranormal romance. G.D. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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