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Alice Takes Back Wonderland

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  410 ratings  ·  146 reviews
After ten years of being told she can't tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she's going crazy.

Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real.

Paperback, 283 pages
Published September 28th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published September 26th 2015)
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Trisha 14+, small love story, but it doesn't take up much of the book and is definitely G rated. There is no graphic language, but there is a small bit of…more14+, small love story, but it doesn't take up much of the book and is definitely G rated. There is no graphic language, but there is a small bit of violence, and some concepts that might not be appropriate for or understood by a younger audience.(less)

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Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book it took me back to my childhood of witch Alice and wonderland and wizard of Oz were my favorite books. But this story has a twist the ace of spades has taken over wonderland and is removing the wonder from all who live there so Alice goes to neverland to ask for help where peter the lost boys and Pinocchio help her then she goes to grim where she meets a 1920s gangster moll named Snow White and her dwarves that don’t have names or want them where they are making moonshin ...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press and NetGalley.)

This book was just a mess. Alice seemed to be in need of psychiatric help, I didn’t get why Peter Pan suddenly showed up, and the tangents that this book then went off on were nothing short of ridiculous - (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is definitely YA. Literally, trigger warning. Lots of violence, lots of it gun violence, but not in a gratuitous way. It made sense to the plot and Alice really did have a HARD time in using guns to protect herself and her friends. I wanted to shake her a couple of times. I mean, if someone is shooting at you and your friends with a Gatling gun, I think you have the right to protect yourself and your friends. The first time she shot someone was an accident, she was in a panic and shot ...more
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When I read 'returning to Wonderland' in combination with that lovely cover, I knew I just had to read the book.

And when I first started I really enjoyed it. I thought the part about Alice and her 'mental illness' was done very good, but this is only present at the beginning. She then steps in completely again and not once is the question whether it's real or not addressed in the remainder of the book although some weird things happen for sure.

Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I was really lucky, I've wanted to read this book since I first saw it, and it was on NetGalley not long after that.

I love stories that are inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but this one in particular really caught my attention when I read the blurb, since other fairy tale characters were mentioned, I mean... How could I not want to read this??

Alice i
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

If you enjoy the television series Once Upon A Time, Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons will have a very similar vibe. Characters from Wonderland, Neverland and the realm known in this book as Grimm are all mashed together quite delightfully. I received a free copy in advance of publication from Curiosity Quills, the publisher, in return for this review.

Literary mashups are usually considered as the equivalent of stunt-casting for fans of the characters involved who want
Elizabeth Mathis
After ten years of being told she can't tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she's going crazy.

Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real.

But all is not well in Wonderland.

The Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and is systematically dismantling al
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
I was expecting more from this book. I always like it when authors try to use several fairytales, but the stories don't connect. The authors throws one after the other into the story without really tying it together. It was a bit too much for my taste.

The basic of the story was interesting. Alice is in therapy and has to take pills to take control of her wild imagination. Until she is kicked right back into Wonderland by White Rabbit. Wonderland isn't the same anymore. Ace of Spades
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Dark Fantasy, Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Alice Takes Back Wonderland is a standalone novel that mashes up of different fairy tales and stories from Wonderland, Neverland, and the land of Grimm. While the "original" Alice Lewis in Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Completely Melanie
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a truly great book! This has actually been one of my favorite retellings! So in this book, the Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and he is removing all the wonder from everything including the creatures. Ace wants to make Wonderland more like the world where Alice is from and he sends the White Rabbit into Alice's world to collect weapons and such. While the White Rabbit is there, he brings Alice back to Wonderland in hopes that she can stop Ace. After Alice's first trip to Wonder ...more
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
When I received a press release for this book in my email from Curiosity Quill I knew I needed to read it ASAP. I emailed them and asked when the book was available if I could get an advanced copy and was delighted when they said yes. This book was NOT a disappointment and my love for fairytale retellings has been advanced to the next level. I have never read a book that interweaved the lives of characters like this and told such a different story. I did have one issue  with Peter's
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this novel from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.]

Both funny and leading one to think about darker themes, though a bit confusing at times.

I pretty much enjoyed this this novel. Its cover, for starters. Its grim version of a Wonderland not turned into gothic-like darkness or anything, but into an even more dreadful thing: grey, boring normalcy. Its mash-up of fairy tales, different from the ones known in our world, their echoes reaching us and be
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Ten years after Alice's trip to Wonderland we now have a seventeen year old Alice who struggles with her parents still not believing what she saw was real and have put her on medication to distinguish fantasy from reality.

One day the White Rabbit returns for Alice to get her help in saving Wonderland from being taken over from the Ace of Spades who is stripping Wonderland's residents of their Wonder and trying to make it more like our world. Alice takes a little convincing that what she's seein
Magda Żmijan
Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons

This is quite a retelling. It all starts with Alice and then it goes on through Neverland and Grimm kingdoms. You will find many characters and lands you thought you knew, many versions of the stories that might've happened.

There are some things I really like about this book. For example all of the descriptions of places, characters, surrounding. It all felt right and lively. I did enjoy reading about all the places Alice had
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

*3.5 stars*

full review to come // *a few hours later*

I love how a bunch of fairy tales were creatively put together for this story. Read my full thoughts here!
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't like this one at all unfortunately.

This was weird, confusing, and absolutely ridiculous. I really struggled to get through it, and I was really relieved when It had finished.
DNF at 10%
I wanned so bad to read this book, coz I looooove Alice stories, but this book was such a mess.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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A Copy of this book was provided to me by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review!

As always lets start with the blurb: "After ten years of being told she can't tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she's going crazy.

Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the
Zachary Flye
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

Protagonist: When our story begins Alice is just leaving Wonderland and reentering the real world. After that she's put on medication and goes to counseling to quell these delusions she has. Over time, even she begins to doubt Wonderland's existence, then, 10 years after she left Wonderland, the White Rabbit appears. She's thrown back into a Wonderland she doesn't know, on that has changed and shifted to become more logical and orderly, and has lost most of it's wonder. Alice
Gabby Gilliam
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, we all know Alice fell down a rabbit hole where things became curiouser and curiouser, but what happened once Alice went home? After her adventures in Wonderland were finished, where did Alice's story lead? In his book, Alice Takes Back Wonderland, David D. Hammons tells us that Alice's parents medicated her to help quell her delusions of Wonderland, and Alice did her best to live a normal life. Except Alice lives in the United States, and it's present day, and she catches the white rabbit r ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David Hammons is a young adult fairy tale mash up, that will remind fans of a younger version of Once Upon a Time. I have a love for all things Wonderlandian, so it is no wonder that I was immediately drawn to Alice Takes Back Wonderland. The book starts out when Alice is about 7 and is somehow in Wonderland. But she is not the Alice from the story, she is an American Alice from the Midwest
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, let's face it. Fairytale retellings are IN this year. The genre has dominated most of the YA books released in 2015. And when I saw that this book was a whole load of fairytales all mixed up into one giant magical fruit salad, Disney style, my first thought was, "oooh, ME WANT!" I headed into this book with some hesitation, though, because, as fun as it may sound, the whole thing could collapse miserably if the author doesn't pull off the premise. BUT. I am happy to say that this book tota ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I thought of the book:
When I read the summary I immediately liked the story. Alice who returns to Wonderland and meets various fairy tale characters. When I started to read the story I was a bit scared because I hoped that it wouldn't be a remake of the original story and that the characters hadn't changed. Those where some critic points that I had in my mind. But gladly that wasn't the case, eventually I couldn't put my e-reader away. The story begins with the 7 year old Alice who is
Angela Mazon
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, netgalley
(I wish there are more stars to express the love I have for this book)

Anyway, off with the review. I'm not getting mad, I hope.

Alice Takes Back Wonderland is about Alice who they thought is crazy for not being able to distinguish the difference between reality and fantasy. For ten years, she fought hard about what she believes in until one day she decided to stop. Then one day, White Rabbit decided to pay her a visit.

I really liked the idea of one fairy tale character wi
Karen Mace
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I received a copy of this via NetGalley and the publisher, Curiousity Quills, in return for a fair and honest review

As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover I was intrigued and knew I had to read this book! And I've not been let down as it was a delight to return to Wonderland, even if things aren't as we all remember them!

We follow Alice 10 years from when she left Wonderland and she is living in Missouri (or is that Misery?!) and is being medicated by medical professionals a
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is an Alice re-telling surrounding a world where Alice returns to Wonderland.. or what may be left of it. I personally really enjoy re-tellings, especially set around Alice in Wonderland. When I first heard of this book, I immediately wanted to get my hands on it. After the first chapter, I knew there was potential in this re-telling.

We start out with a sort of psychological aspect where everyone around Alice thinks she is crazy and needs medication due to the stories she t
Vesper Vesper
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it

Alice Takes Back Wonderland is a packed story about a young woman named Alice on a journey to restore the Wonderland that has fallen apart since her last visit. Something I really loved about this story was the different tellings of other fairy tales with a twist, though some did come off as trying too hard to fit in the fairy tales.

A lot of the time, things felt forced and though the story is a bit more than 280 pages, some scenarios could have... (more via website)
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Rating: 3 / 5

Fans of "Once Upon A Time", this is a book you will enjoy!
I must confess that some things didn't make sense in this book because they weren't completely explained, but since it was a quick read full of characters from different fairy tales and considering that I liked the end a lot (it made me cry and then laugh and smile)... it truly deserves 3 stars.

Shanice Singh
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
I want to live in this book (yeah I have some book attachment issues. Deal with it). This book is a wonderful combination of Alice in Wonderland meets Once Upon a Time mixed with the Alice in Wonderland movie. I especially enjoyed all the references to the fairytales we all know and love.
 Bella Marie
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it. I stopped when alice meets snowhite. I have so sympathy whatsoever for alice or anty other character of the book and the book itself it a summary of alice's second time to wonderland and her efforts to save it. I really thought it was another glass frost but it wasnt.
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