*Review* Unbirthday- Liz Braswell

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What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was very, very late?
Alice is different than other eighteen-year-old ladies in Kexford, which is perfectly fine with her. She’d rather spend golden afternoons with her trusty camera or in her aunt Vivian’s lively salon, ignoring her sister’s wishes that she stop all that “nonsense” and become a “respectable” member of society. Alice is happy to meander to Miss. Yao’s teashop or to visit the children playing in the Square. She’s also interested in learning more about the young lawyer she met there, but just because she’s curious, of course, not because he was sweet and charming.

But when Alice develops photographs she has recently taken about town, familiar faces of old suddenly appear in the place of her actual subjects-the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar. There’s something eerily off about them, even for Wonderland creatures. And as Alice develops a self-portrait, she finds the most disturbing image of all-a badly-injured dark-haired girl asking for Alice’s help. Mary Ann.

Returning to the place of nonsense from her childhood, Alice finds herself on a mission to stop the Queen of Hearts’ tyrannical rule and to find her place in both worlds. But will she able to do so . . . before the End of Time?

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My Review

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“You cannot escape equity. Fairness comes for everyone in the end; everyone becomes food for the worms, equally. This world is almost over. Consider yourselves the lucky forerunners into the next.”

Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite classic novels and I even loved the Disney adaptation. The story opened up so many imaginative doors for me. 

As kids my own age were traveling through the wardrobe to Narnia, I was falling right alongside with Alice to the enchanted world of Wonderland and sipping the tea at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. To say that I was excited to come back to Wonderland with this book is quite an understatement.

Eleven years ago, Alice fell down the rabbit hole and tumbled into Wonderland but that was all a dream….

Alice is now eighteen years old and spends most of her days walking around with a camera in her hands. She would rather take photographs, hang out with her very eccentric Aunt, and not worry about being married off to the right man.

While developing film she notices something off about some of her photographs. A picture of a neighbor is the Mad Hatter and another one is the Queen of Hearts. People of Wonderland are showing up in her photographs and she believes that she’s going crazy.

The eerie photos get even weirder as she takes a self-portrait to see what will develop. She’s shocked to find an injured girl with a sign asking for help from Alice.

Alice must travel back to Wonderland to save it from the dark rule of the Queen of Hearts. But will she save them? Or doom them forever?

I love Alice in Wonderland and it was amazing to be stepping back into a place where all of our wildest dreams came true. It was like being wrapped up in your favorite warm blanket on a cold day. It was awesome. The story itself was an okay read. It had some hit and miss scenes like most books but I think I needed something different. I was expecting something more off the wall and demented. I still enjoyed the story though. 

Unbirthday was a good addition to the Wonderland world. Old favorites come back with some newly added ones that are just as fantastic. You can’t help but enjoy Alice and her crazy adventures. The book did seem to drag out as Alice traveled through her modern world to Wonderland and the book felt a lot longer than it was. But it was decent for what it was. Now off with your head!!! 

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