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Follow the White Rabbit

(Beautiful Madness #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  59 reviews
For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little ...more
ebook, 100 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Patchwork Press (first published May 20th 2013)
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Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, requested
For decades, Wonderland has cried out, desperate to follow the pattern that it had followed until Alice threw everything for a loop. But change is approaching, according to the constant studies of Gwen. Everything is in position for the pattern to continue once more... And Alice is coming. The people of Wonderland- namely Gwen, Lucky, Rose, and Marc, must play the roles that they were born to, and for the good of Wonderland, Alice must return and be the catalyst that the once beautiful Wonderlan ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Bit disappointed with this. First off, this was just a long introduction it seemed. It doesn't really go anywhere. We meet a lot of characters, get a small glimpse into each of there lives as they start to weave to gather and then it ends. No answers about Alice, definitely no resolution. And to make matters worse it is like the next part does not exist! We get a cool prologue that drew me in and then it just confuses us in a mass of characters. Each is a bit unique but we don't get a chance to ...more
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I am going to start this off rationally.

Dear Ms. Sheridan,

I hate you. I hate you a lot. We are no longer BESTIES. I thought going in we could totally be, you know, BFFLs but obviously I mean so little to you that we are in dire need of relationship counseling.



Okay, so now that my entirely rational letter has been posted…I feel better. So, you may be wondering why I hate Kelly Sheridan. It’s simple. BECAUSE I WANT THE REST OF THE SERIES RIGHT
Kayla Eklund
Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite classics. I love it in any format I can get it, whether that be books, movies, tv shows, or video games. I've read a lot of Alice in Wonderland re-tellings over the years. Therefore, I'm fairly picky when it comes to reading them. Unfortunately, Follow the White Rabbit, while enjoyable, didn't meet my high expectations.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading Follow the White Rabbit. The plot was interesting. I enjoyed the concept of a "norm
Ashley Ferguson
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've always loved Wonderland. and how it's so versatile that it can be taken to be so many different things by so many different authors. It's interesting how people pick and choose what parts they want to show, and how they take different things to be literal or figurative. The white rabbit is not always a rabbit, the mad hatter has a variety of different backstories, the card soldiers may not always be literal cards, and so on. This story presents a unique version of Alice's impact on Wonderla ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Patchwork Press and Netgalley.)
It’s 150 years since Alice first set foot in Wonderland, and the problems she created haven’t been forgotten. Now a new Alice is set to return.

Rose is the white Queen, she sees the future, and knows that change is coming, the question is; will the change be in her favour?
Gwen has been reading signs and is waiting for the arrival of the white rabbit to signal Alice’s arriva
Fangs for the Fantasy
When Alice was last in Wonderland, 150 years ago, she ushered forth an era of change. Wonderland has never been the same and now that a new Alice is about to make her appearance, the residents of Wonderland are trying to find a way to control what is going to happen for their own benefit. All of the prophecies regarding her return which were once believed to be nonsense and a waste of time, are turning out to be far more accurate than once thought.

Coming in at 100 pages, Follow the White Rabbit
WTF Are You Reading?
This book was quite a wonderful surprise. The author manages to both introduce the reader to a Wonderland of her own making, and create a buzz for the continuation of the series in a mere 100 pages.
Readers will find the new Wonderland one 150 years post Alice, and divided between the Queendoms of the Red and White.
Rose, The White Queen, is new to ruling and wishes to see Wonderland returned to the wild fanciful place that it was under Alice
Rose has seen both the coming of Alice and the future of
Megan (The Book Babe)
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I don't really know why I started this one-- I think it was because of the "Alice in Wonderland" re-telling point, but I can't be sure. Turns out that I really enjoyed it! My only issue? Way too short. I feel like the story had really only just started by the end of the book.

I was just starting to understand everything that was going on and to piece it together. I want to read more. I want to look more into the similarities between the original Wo
Oana D. H.
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Since i am a fan of Alice and her story i started reading "Follow The White Rabbit" wondering what this will be about.It wasn't bad and i admit that i liked it,but honestly it was too short.Yes,i want more.

The battle between the Queens-White and Red- continues,but this time one is focused on bringing back Alice in Wonderland,and the other one is trying to figure it out how to use Alice or kill her.

Mostly this was about Lucky,Gwen and Rose.Three girls who are trying to save Wonderland ,but the on
Up All Night Book Addict
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013, reviews
I was looking for something different from the normal reading. I found it here in this book. Not your typical paranormal book. I don’t know if I would call it a paranormal book per say. It is, but it isn’t like anything I have ever read.
This story is told from many different perspectives, but is not hard to follow. It flows well, and keeps your attention from start to finish.
I was a little apprehensive on reading a book based on Alice in Wonderland. Apprehension was gone quite quickly. It is no
Ashley Finnegan
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-titles
Ok I have to admit that the majority of this book was character development and not really any plot and so two thirds of the way through I even thought about stopping BUT I'm glad I didn't because although it ends abruptly the reason I decided to give it three stars is because I do know that there will soon be an addition to this story and right there toward the end I began to see what potential this series has, there was something there when it felt like the story was just beginning that just s ...more
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover drew me in instantly. The image enticed me no end, aesthetically unpleasant font colour and style aside. The upon reading the blurb I was hooked. This book is third person, which I must say, I’m not a big fan of. I feel like when you’re reading in first person you’re substantially more immersed. Although for this book I found was an exception to my rule. In order for it to work you had to have the perspective of several characters. And although this is confusing to begin with, you begi ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Given its short length it took just a couple hours to read Follow The White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan. With its strong use of description and interesting characters I actually enjoyed this book enough to want to continue on.
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Received courtesy of Net Galley. Loved this!!! What a great new take on the classic Alice in Wonderland. Can't wait for the next installment.
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
So loving this story!
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
The White Rabbit is not going to get that high a rating from me. Why is this you may ask me?
The answer is basic; this book is way too short but I still see some serious potential for something awesome. But 1st let's get one thing straight - This isn't a full book, it's a novella to set up the series of books that Sheridan has written. ( And usually I am not a fan of novellas).

This novella is less than one hundred pages long and spends about 75% of that setting up the world and introducing reade
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
This review was originally posted at:

“In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.”
Follow the White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan

Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read Follow the White Rabbit, a novella written by Kellie Sheridan. The book is published by Patchwork Press which is a different
S.M. Blooding
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book has all the makings of something I’d go dingy over. It’s in Wonderland, for one thing. There’s a bunch of zany characters to choose from. It should be, for all intents and purposes, the perfect book to add to my shelf.

I couldn’t focus on the story through the entire book.

*hands-wide shrug* I don’t know. I’ve looked at this book every to Sunday. The elements were there. The world-building was GREAT! Ms. Sheridan did a fantastic job of laying out the foundation of this world without a lo
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I applaud Kellie Sheridan for taking a classic and putting a new spin on it! And it's a tough thing to try, when you think about it. Alice has been reworked time and time again, from Zombies to Steampunk. So it only makes sense that her paranormal twist should find a good home.

Alice has been gone from Wonderland for over a hundred years, and since that time, things have changed. There are no more singing flowers, no hookah smoking caterpillars, and certainly no rabbits on a tight schedule! In fa
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Wonderland is no longer the magic place it once was. After Alice’s first visit, the madness slowly seeped out, leaving it tainted with normality. Gwen, Rose, Marc, and Lucky call it home, but don’t remember all that it was…except that Gwen is fascinated by their history and obsessed with the Alice prophecy, which states that they get one shot at using her to bring Wonderland back into its former glory. I guess we’ll have to wait
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
First let me say when you get ready to read this book it is the first in a series so it is rather short. The build up of what to expect in the next book and I can’t wait to read more.

The book starts sort of haunting with an unknown person driving trying to reach Chicago. After seeing a ghost girl the driver is in an accident….

Wonderland is pretty much a normal place, sort of, it still is considered a place ruled by both a Red Queen and a White Queen but things are not like they use to be. Wonder
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arcs, young-adult
ARC provided by Patchwork Press via Net Galley.
Follow the White Rabbit is a reimagining of Carrol's classic Alice in Wonderland. The last time Alice visited Wonderland, everything changed. Now, over a century later, Wonderland is not what it used to be. The Red Queen has ultimate power, and the essence of Wonderland is fading. Now, it is up to three girls to change the fate of Wonderland. Now, it is time to bring Alice back.
Follow the White Rabbit is a really cute novella. I finished it so quick
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Follow the White Rabbit is a novella and part one of the Beautiful Madness series. It’s not a retelling of the Alice stories; rather, it takes place in a post-Alice Wonderland. Prophecies have been made about the return of Alice, among other things, but not everyone in Wonderland is keeping an eye on the skies. Rather, they go about their lives, unconcerned about the welfare of their home. Except for Gwen. She’s a faithful student of the prophecies and anticipates the return of Alice via the whi ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley
Originally posted here:

My Review

Wonderland is now only a mere shadow compared to the former glory it once possessed before that first fated trip from Alice over a century before. Gwen has been studying the history books and learning as much as she can about the old Wonderland because she can feel a change coming to her homeland.

Gwen is not alone in felling this way, Rose has also been seeing signs that Alice could be on her way back to Wonderland. They
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I am sure I have mentioned in my previous reviews that I am an Alice and Wonderland fan. I have the complete Lewis Carroll, I hunt down version/spin offs/spoofs and read as many as I can. Many I haven’t read are waiting for me on my Kindle. So, if you enjoy the Wonderland stories this is a fun one to check out… provisionally.
Kellie Sheridan has come up with an interesting follow up to Alice in Wonderland. Since Alice came to Wonderland that first time, Wonderland has been spiraling to…normalcy
Punk Farie
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
My Rating – 3 Stars

*I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Patchwork Press*

Alice is traveling alone a night, freaked out because a girl keeps appearing randomly next to her moving vehicle.

Rose has been the White Queen of Wonderland for a day. She has no idea what she’s doing but her visions are telling her something is coming.

Gwen is waiting for a white rabbit to appear before her, a sign that change is coming to Wonderland.

Lucky encounters a white rabbit and sudden
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I am not very familiar with the traditional Alice in Wonderland so I thought a modern interpretation would introduce me well.
This novella has a very intriguing start if not slightly creepy. I liked the different POVs and I believe each character has a very unique voice. However, I was not able to identify all the characters to the corresponding ones in the traditional Alice in Wonderland. This was unclear as I believe the novella sometimes drifted very far from the original. This also may be be
Erin Laidley
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Follow the White Rabbit managed to stay true to the intrinsic elements of the Alice story while still providing a fresh take on the classic tale. It was well-written, and the detailed descriptions of the setting allowed it to be easily visualized. The point of view of the story switched with each chapter, allowing the reader to connect with each character on a more personal level before they all inevitably meet up.

I really enjoyed that Sherdian chose not to present the characters in terms of the
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Kellie has been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as she can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been her true love.

Kellie spent part of her twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but is now back home in Ontario, Canada.