(Beautiful Madness: Book One)
Author: Kellie Sheridan
Length: 100 pages
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Rating: 4 Stars
For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.
For Gwen, Rose, and Lucky, Wonderland is home, and yet they know little of its former glory. When the Alice prophecy resurfaces, they’ll have one chance to use Wonderland’s own legends to bring a little mayhem back into their reality. For she who controls Alice controls the fate of Wonderland. -Goodreads
This book was quite a wonderful surprise. The author manages to both introduce the reader to a Wonderland of her own making, and create a buzz for the continuation of the series in a mere 100 pages.
Readers will find the new Wonderland one 150 years post Alice, and divided between the Queendoms of the Red and White.
Rose, The White Queen, is new to ruling and wishes to see Wonderland returned to the wild fanciful place that it was under Alice
Rose has seen both the coming of Alice and the future of Wonderland if The Red Queen has her way.
Delilah, The Red Queen, is all about progress. The progress she wants however, has nothing to do with Alice's Wonderland.
Lucky, The White Rabbit, is the key to the coming of Alice and there are a few people that are hot on her trail.
She can hop through time.
The White Queen has sought out the services of Wonderland's best problem solvers, Gwen and Marc.
Can they find Lucky and convince her to help them before it's too late?
This is a wonderful start to a great series. The Wonderland found here is familiar enough to be welcoming, and different enough to allow one to be excited about it's newness.
This world promises to be one full of vibrant, larger than life characters and titillating plot twists.
The only negative about this read comes at the beginning. The character introduced at the beginning of the story may or may not be Alice. That not knowing coupled with the incongruity of her part in the story is confusing. Hopefully this will be rectified later in the story.
This reviewer is very excited about the promise of both this book and it's coming series.