Review: Ever Alice

Title: Ever Alice

Author: H.J. Ramsay

Publisher: Red Rogue Press

Publication Date: August 1, 2019

Source: NetGalley

After returning from Wonderland, Alice can’t stop telling stories of her adventures. Unfortunately, not only does no one believe her, they think she’s mad. She’s put into an asylum with appalling conditions and a nurse that hates her. Desperate to be freed, Alice agrees to try an experimental procedure in another hospital. Once there, however, she changes her mind and escapes from the hospital with the White Rabbit, who whisks her back to Wonderland for one reason: to help the Aboveground kill the Queen of Hearts. Can Alice win the trust of the mad queen in order to get close enough to accomplish their mission? Or will a traitor in their midst endanger Alice’s life?

I really did not like this book at all. I want to be positive and point out something that was good, but nothing comes to me. The writing style was flat and choppy. None of the characters felt real or lifelike in any way. The author tried to be whimsical and nonsensical, but all the little things just fell flat or annoyed me. I was put off by the descriptions of the rotten food the Wonderland inhabitants ate. I wasn’t sympathetic to the queen, who was being haunted by her murdered husbands. Alice didn’t seem to have much agency; she just sort of did what she was told or stumbled into situations by chance. This was just such an unpleasant book to read.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read Alice in Wonderland, so maybe if you love that book, this book is for you. But if you are looking for a well-plotted adventure with a good prose and interesting characters, this is not that book.