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Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  15,101 Ratings  ·  1,075 Reviews
The exciting follow-up to the New York Times bestseller THE LOOKING GLASS WARS!

Format: 7 CDs, Unabridged

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
Audio CD, 24 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Scholastic Audio Books (first published August 27th 2007)
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Mar 19, 2014 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Jan 24, 2010 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-scifi-pics
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
Sep 17, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
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
Mar 04, 2009 Sammi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 06, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2007 Gphatty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy Cornelisen
Nov 16, 2007 Wendy Cornelisen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Arielle Walker
Not as good as the first, but the unique world of Beddor's Alice in Wonderland re-imagining is absolutely worth a revisit. Some of the writing shows up as clunky now that the novelty of Looking Glass Wars has worn off, but it is utterly readable and again, unique and interesting enough to keep me invested with the trilogy.
Dec 08, 2015 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I'm glad Hatter had more of a story line in this book but some decisions he made, didn't seem very like him, and the ending for him was flat. It was like, what was the point? Also, Alyss and Dodge can't seem to have a moment. Come on now. Can we just. I would have liked more of a development on their part.

A lot of focus on Arch and more or less on Redd. Though very imaginative and interesting, it was kinda of boring. And Alyss, though I have no complaints on her character, she's rather lovely,
Oct 18, 2016 Katrina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-copies
This is exactly what I was afraid of. I loved the first book so much. The second book is just meh. It was separated into 3 parts. The entire first part dragged on so slowly. It wasn't until the second part that things started to pick up a little. This book had more to do with action than it did with anything else. I loved the first book because it provided the foundation and the back story of all the characters that I love so much. There wasn't much character development here, so I was bored fai ...more
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
Aug 20, 2009 Merritt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
It's a decent read, the action scenes are good, but the characters and some of the 'shocking plot twists' are a bit too cliched.
Nov 13, 2015 SmilingDork rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved it!!!!! Will write review tonight along with several others I need to catch up on. ;P
Mar 29, 2016 Bridget rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have gone one of two ways: 1) it could have improved upon the issues of The Looking Glass Wars and risen to be something really spectacular, or 2) it could have deepened the issues of the first book into something really flat and empty. Guess which route Seeing Redd went down?

The issues I had with this sequel were basically endless. The plot was half baked, the characters were soulless and the writing was painfully mediocre, which led to an emotionless novel that I skim-read for
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
May 15, 2010 Bry rated it liked it
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
Jan 17, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings
Sorry to say, this book was far less interesting than the last one. I know, right, what happened?

The pacing was actually slower. I guess. Maybe I was just less interested. In the last book, I was rushing to the end because I wanted Alyss to be reunited with Dodge + Friends. In this book, Alyss was just kind of depressing, and her relationship with Dodge was more of a...competition? Sort of? I'll think of a better word later, but they pretty much sucked romance out of the whole thing. To be hones
Steph Su
Apr 21, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Belle (Corazón de Papel)
Solo odio saber que su continuación "Arch enemy" no existe en español :(. Simplemente no pueden cometer la maldad de traducir los dos primeros y dejar el tercero de lado! Quién hace eso????!!!

Bueno, despues de desahogarme, puedo decirles que me encanta este retelling, sobre todo por la madurez que Frank Beddor le entrega a la historia del “Alicia en el país de las Maravillas" y también por lo bien que está introducido este mundo de fantasía en el mundo real, incluso haciendo que Lewis Carroll ha
Aug 04, 2009 L.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2010 Da rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2015 Suzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Apr 19, 2010 Matthew705 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

. 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
Eric Dunn
Apr 20, 2011 Eric Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
May 03, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
Sep 12, 2014 Say rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
all the negatives are true, Redd is a caricature (same deal with Arch), the first section has a slight lag, the book feels like he wants it to be a film, and (with possible exceptions of Hatter, Dodge and Molly) there is very little in terms of character development. However, I still give this a 3.5.....

This book is pretty much the Empire Strikes Back of the three... it's setting everything up for the finally. Including a scenario in which Alyss feels more free to be who she's supposed to be, in
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Literary Sleuth and world creator Frank Beddor dared to expose the true story of Wonderland in the New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy The Looking Glass Wars. To satisfy the awakened curiosity of his readers he continued to tell the parallel adventures of Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan’s search for the lost princess in the graphic novel series Hatter M. He lives in Los Angeles.
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