Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars, #2)
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Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars #2)

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Alyss of Wonderland's rules has only just begun, and already those who prefer chaos to peace are threatening to destroy everything worth imagining. Trailed by newly appointed royal bodyguard Homburg Molly, Alyss is doing her best to keep pace with the non-stop demands of being queen while attempting to evade Molly for a few private moments with Dodge.

Alyss' life is a chall...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 371 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Dial Books
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Heather
I liked The Looking Glass Wars enough to really want to like this sequel, as well. But unfortunately, all of Beddor's flaws in book 1 are even more present in Seeing Redd.

In this sequel, Alyss Heart is now queen of Wonderland, but she's got her hands full -- King Arch in neighboring Boarderland is plotting against her and has kidnapped Homburg Molly. Redd and her assassin The Cat have escaped to earth through the Crystal (by means not fully explained) where they're wreaking havoc and amassing an...more
Jessica
The problem with Beddor's books is that he's created a world so wonderful, so fantastic, and then he doesn't give you enough. Alyss, barely a character in Looking-Glass Wars, really, is not all that more intriguing here. She's growing into a strong queen, but we have no real sense of her as a character. Redd is frankly cartoonish. And many of the oft-mentioned creatures of Wonderland are never described. What's a gwormmy? A spirit-dane? Anyone? Anyone? Despite this I still couldn't put the book...more
Sammi
I am not going to lie, I liked this book much better than the first. Something about it was so much more interesting, so indefinably more plot oriented, that I just couldn't help but like it more.
By the way, Hatter Madigan is still the bomb.
One of the reasons I think I like t so much better is because of Redd. She is just such a good villain, cruel, merciless...everything a good reader could want. I find nothing more enjoyable than a bad guy who thinks everything else is below them. It's an odd...more
Chris
Oct 06, 2008 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
Ah, Alyss and Wonderland. I first jumped down Beddor's rabbit hole with the Hatter M comics and shortly after that with The Looking Glass Wars. I had just finished reading the 'original' Alice stories by Carroll and had that imagery fresh in my head. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and had a lot of fun with the new and very creative interpretation of the Wonderland world and the characters and interactions found there. Snippets of Beddor's writing style bugged me a little bit, but I got used...more
Wendy Cornelisen
Here's an interesting twist on the Lewis Carol classic. Alyss is from Wonderland and the heir to her mother's Queendom. Her Aunt Red, who was banished after killing the previous Queen (yes, her own mother) attacks her sister's throne, and gains control for herself. Alyss escapes to Earth, a crude reflection of her true home.

The story follows Alyss' new life and trials on Earth, and the horrors that Red, Her Imperial Viciousness, rains down on Wonderlanders.

It's a great new look at the classic...more
Jamie
This is the sequel to The Looking Glass Wars.

Redd has been banished from Wonderland. She is determined to find her way back to her world by any means necessary. Alyss is the new queen who has much to learn about ruling. And a new enemy is making his move. King Arch of Borderlands is determined to have wonderland for himself. He reeks havoc and even kidnaps Molly.

Once again, Frank Beddor has done am amazing job of recreating the magical realm of Wonderland. All the favorites from the last book...more
Stavros Tsiakalos
The first book in the trilogy I read within two days. This book I started and stopped and picked up again and stopped again. I read A Feast For Crows in one break, then A Dance With Dragons in the next. I am currently searching for a book to read instead of finishing this one.
In Seeing Redd I found all the bad writing I had seen people accuse the author of in the first book. There are sentences which just do not actually say what the author seems to think they do. There are discussions so corny...more
Lexie
The second book in Beddor's Looking Glass Wars trilogy picks up fairly closely to the end of the first book. 3 lunar cycles (I'm guessing this means months) later and Queen Alyss is doing her best to reassure the people that White Imagination is once again dominate.

There is a little bit of a mislead throughout the book as well, in who's actually the source of evil and motives. King Arch, briefly mentioned and shown in the first book, is a central character this time around (with all his sexist v...more
Merritt
In the author's Biography in the back of the book, it says that Frank Beddor is currently writing a screenplay for this series to be made into movies. What wasn't mentioned is that he practically already has. This book is just a movie in book form. It has all the blockbuster essentials: cheesy lines, ridiculously long action and battles, conflicted, attractive characters. You know. "Dodge held his Alyss's face in his hands, wiping of her tears with his thumbs..." "Did you lose something? *chops...more
Gphatty
Dec 12, 2007 Gphatty rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no-one
I found out about this "2nd in a triology" and I was very intrigued by the concept: factions fighting for control of an actual Wonderland, complete with card soldiers and caterpillars, the whole works.

But the author just can't handle more than plot-driven writing. Vivid descriptions of the beauty of wonderland are mixed with leaded prose that practically screams "pay attention: plot point." I didn't even bother to finish, even after giving the 1st book in this series a shot.

This sequel will pr...more
Jane
I honestly didn't care that much for the first book in this series. I read this because I'm honestly just trying to power through a pile of books I've obtained over the span of a few years, so my expectations were pretty low for this novel.

Like the first installment, the writing in this book is about a middle school level (think Stephanie Meyer). The whole, it felt like I was reading poorly written fanfiction (and there are some great, well-written fanfiction out there!). The characters were ver...more
Mizuki
It's a descent read, the action scenes are good, but the characters and some of the 'shocking plot twists' are a bit too cliched.
Anne Osterlund
Alyss is queen, her evil Aunt Redd defeated.

But not killed. Instead Redd and her hired assassin, the Cat, escaped through the Heart Crystal, which means no one is truly safe, either on Earth or in Wonderland. But there are other evils lurking just beyond Wonderland’s border.

And when the country is attacked, Alyss learns that while there may be no evil as dangerous as her aunt, some evils are more immediate.

Seeing Redd is the second book in Frank Beddor’s Look Glass Wars trilogy. As the title imp...more
Michael Anderson
I should have known that this book would be disappointing when The Looking Glass Wars ended with such a fizzle, but I decided to give it a go anyway.

Character development is nearly non-existent, and where it is present it lacks the strength of realism; the characters are all rather static individuals who do not stray from their very predictable behaviors.

The plot feels rushed, and the danger Wonderland faces at the hands of King Arch and Redd Heart is uninspiring. In fact, the "war" for Wonderla...more
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
So...I was not too sure about the first book of this series. I like the idea and concept however the writing was a little bad in some ways and was a bit off-putting. I read Seeing Redd in an attempt to pursue the storyline more than my enjoyment of the first book.

I think Beddor got a little in over his head with this one. The plot is as follows:
After the end of the first book, Redd has jumped into the Crystal Heart, so we aren't sure if she is dead or alive and plotting, meanwhile Arch the king...more
Eoin
I liked this installment in the Looking Glass Wars Trilogy much more than the first. Although it did not have great transition from it's predecessor. In reality the first book could stand on it's own and I don't think this trilogy was ever meant to be but none the less I loved this book. Frank Beddor has many flaws in his writing but what really draws the reader in is his great use of vocabulary. He uses strong words without over-doing it. Such as: Queendom, Milliner, Astacans, and Onu. Some are...more
Da
Jan 25, 2010 Da rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: q-2
Seeing Redd is the second book of the trilogy. After jumping into the crystal, Wonderland hoped for peace but awaiting them was perhaps yet another tragedy. New things appear to and fro and leave many bewildered at the facts seemingly to be lies. Citizens who experienced the attack by Redd are still frightened and Alyss, the new queen, holds many responsibilities that trail behind her. Without her kind mother to guide her, she was in no doubt, troubled.

The other monarchies conspire in order to t...more
L.M.
You know how you watch a movie and it’s pretty great- so then the sequel comes out and it bites the big one? That’s exactly what this book was for me. I didn’t exactly love the first book, “The Looking Glass Wars,” but it was a fun read- whereas the sequel was not. It felt exactly like a segue into another book- but the thing is, there IS NO OTHER BOOK TO SEGUE INTO YET. It’s mostly just Alyss developing as a character, and more sci-fi tech speak. This is the thing too, the book isn’t all that l...more
Eric Dunn
This is the second book in "The Looking Glass Wars" by Frank Beddor. I'm always nervous about the second book in a trilogy because it always seems to be the weakest link of all of them. Usually it is just a book full of story build up so that the author has something huge to end it with in the last book. This wasn't the case with this one. Beddor does a fantastic job of making this a fun to read part of the overall story.

The characters progress along very well from the first book and through thi...more
Bry
Listening to the audiobook on this one and really enjoying the man's voice who is doing the reading. They added in lots of effects for the different characters which is fun, and makes it really easy to distinguish who is speaking.

Well this book was certainly not as good as the first book. It wasn't bad, just a bit disappointing. The entire time I was reading I was like what are these people thinking? Why can't they just talk to one another, be a bit honest. If they would they would have so many...more
Suzy
This second book in the series was harder to get through than the first. I felt like there was a lot going on, maybe too much in the beginning. As it progressed through the end I got more into and really wanted to know what was going to happen. I think the cover of this novel is a great version of Redd. I like how Beddor changed everything to be more out there and more grown up, more modern. These books are definitely for teens and adults to read, as they will understand it better. I did like th...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

SEEING REDD, the second book in THE LOOKING GLASS WARS series, continues off from where the last book ended.

Twenty-year-old Alyss is now queen of Wonderland. Her aunt, Redd, has disappeared into the Heart Crystal along with her sidekick, The Cat, and everything is starting to calm down.

But soon glass eyes start appearing out of nowhere and causing mayhem. Everyone believes that Redd has somehow come back and that they're all doomed. Little do they kno...more
Steph Su
The evil Redd Heart has disappeared into the Heart Crystal, and Alyss is now the rightful queen of Wonderland. But there is lots yet to be done: buildings to repair, morale to strengthen, relationships to mend… And Alyss is so busy with politics and using her White Imagination to make sure the queendom is running smoothly that she barely has any time to spend with Dodge, her best-friend-turned-true-love guardsman.

But people are not going to make her life as queen easy. King Arch of the neighbori...more
Matthew705

. what really happened to redd i don't think that that was the end of redd

. why is arch trying to take over wonderland

. who is controlling the glass eyes

. is redd working with arch if not how did arch get the glass eyes

. hah i knew that redd wasn't dead

. i think that redd is where the liddels are

. that is really coincidental that redd met another wonderlander in england

. redd is trying to amass an army of humans, i don't think it'll work

. where is molly she hasn't came back from borderland

. i ho...more
Ash E.
Feb 03, 2011 Ash E. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Lewis Carroll or fans of The Book of Lost Things
Recommended to Ash by: Cori Johnson
Queen Alyss Heart now reigns over Wonderland, rebuilding what was destroyed by her evil aunt, and Redd is destroyed once and for all...right?

Unfortunately, Redd Heart knows exactly how to manipulate the Imaginations - specifically Black Imagination - and manages to find herself quite alive, although she is trapped on Earth. But this presents her with a unique opportunity - she raises an army of exiled Wonderlanders and makes plans to overthrow her niece and regain control of Wonderland.

Meanwhile...more
Mitchel Broussard
Just as easily readable (if not more so, practically read this one in one sitting), inventive, and original as the first. The return of Redd, while inevitable and obvious, is intriguing and a tad bit disturbing, which is why i loved it. The only thing i would knock it for is its focus on politics more so than part one. Not to an extent where you have to memorize warring nations and factions and leaders, but it is a highly realized universe. And well, thinking about it, how could i say negative t...more
Erin
This book was extremely engaging. It picks up right where the first book left off, with Alyss as the new queen of Wonderland surrounded by those characters we have grown to love from the last book. And she needs them all as she is facing intrigue from a number of sides. King Arch of Boarderland has a few things up his sleeve and the upstart Diamonds clan are willing to help him every step of the way. Redd makes her return to Wonderland and adds her army to the fray. Hatter spends most of the boo...more
Erica
The second in an alleged trilogy of the retelling (or correction) of the Alice in Wonderland tale. I was hooked on the first book after a young patron whom I forced to read Phantom Tollbooth in turn suggested I read Looking Glass Wars, which I found immensely enjoyable.

The second was less compelling than the first, and this I found struggled with plot too often resorting to epic violent episodes, which I don't enjoy. Alyce and Dodge are beginning a romance, which will continue in the next instal...more
Tina Rae
Feb 14, 2012 Tina Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alice fans
Shelves: favorites
WHY ARE THESE BOOKS SO AMAZING?! I'm literally just in awe! I can't beeeeeeelieve how much I love them all. I mean, this one may have even been better than the first. I really am so awestruck I can't tell. But, I'll say, it's fabulous. And definitely makes me want to read on. But, honestly, WHY ARE THERE ONLY THREE?! It's really just sad. But, again, I love how they play off the original Alice and even reference it and such. Definitely fabulous. I can't wait to plow through the last one and find...more
Neila Jacobson buday
One I the most violent books I have ever read - even if they are not "human". But ends with a cliffhanger so I have to read book 3!
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