Genre: Fantasy Noir

Alice by Christina Henry

Posted June 9, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | , | 9 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of one or more of the following: sexual abuse, violence against women/children, drug use, trigger issues such as rape or simulated rape.
Alice by Christina HenryAlice by Christina Henry
Series: The Chronicles of Alice #1
Published by Ace on August 4, 2015
Genres: Fantasy Noir, Horror, Paranormal
Pages: 291
Source: Publisher
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A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

icon HORRIFIC    icon fantasy

I received Alice from Ace Roc stars and am finally getting to it, in the preparation of the release of book 2, The Red Queen in July. I have wanted to read it since I had the impression it was a mystery of sorts. I ignored the impressions of it being loosely connected to the Alice in Wonderland stories since I have never enjoyed them. I also paid no attention to the fantasy and horror labels.

Alice is DARK. I would classify it as fantasy horror, more than a mystery. It does have some of the same confusing feels of the Lewis Carroll book. The author has cleverly brought in some of the name and circumstances. It is well-written.

Surprisingly, I liked it. I read easily with my attention captured. I wanted to know more. However, it is dark and unpleasant.  There are few good guys here. Murder and rape are everywhere. Still, progress is made and I will read onward.



About Christina Henry

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING, Ace/Roc) and the two CHRONICLES OF ALICE books, ALICE and RED QUEEN (Ace Trade). She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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