I've loved the Disney movie ever since I can remember, and so it was only natural that I was drawn to this book. I read it for the first time in eithe...moreI've loved the Disney movie ever since I can remember, and so it was only natural that I was drawn to this book. I read it for the first time in either second or third grade and I've loved it ever since. I remember that I was always checking it out from the library until I finally got enough sense to ask for it for my birthday. It's always been one of my favorites because it's so much fun to read, but now that I'm older I find that there's a lot of hidden messages that adults can relate to as well. Alice is also constantly trying to figure out what is going on in the strange world of Wonderland, and now I'm in college and I'm trying to figure out this strange world we live in as well. "It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change," says Alice, and I can't agree with her more.
This is a great book, not only for children, but for people of all ages. It's fun, fast-paced, and filled with quirky, insane characters that will stay with you forever. Through the Looking Glass is slower and not as much fun as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but is still great. (less)
It took me forever to read this book. Not because I didn't want to, but because I just ran out of time. I originally got it from the library, and got...moreIt took me forever to read this book. Not because I didn't want to, but because I just ran out of time. I originally got it from the library, and got about halfway through before I realized that it was about a week overdue and so I just returned it before I had to pay any more fines. Then, a few months later, I went to the bookstore and found a paperback copy so I immediately purchased it, intending to finally finish it from that summer. Well, it wasn't until this summer when I actually got around to doing that. I actually managed to finish it this time, and it wasn't even that hard to read. The beginning is a little slower, but the plot picks up fairly quickly, and moves along at a good pace.
I don't think I enjoyed it as much as I had hoped, and I can't think of why. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book, otherwise I wouldn't have rated it what I did. I think it's Gemma's friends who get on my nerves, specifically Felicity. I just didn't find her very likable as a character.
On a different note, I do love Gemma, the heroine. Rarely is the main character of a novel my favorite character, but in this case, she is. She's spunky and intelligent, but always seems to get into situations that are not in her favor. I also loved Bray's writing style. It was a little hard to get used to at first, because I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it, but I think it really allows you to get to know Gemma even better. I love the Victorian setting of the novel as well, and the tension between Gemma and Kartik, and the whole mystery that surrounds her. This is a suspenseful, entertaining, well-written book, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different than your average historical fiction book.(less)