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Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. (Hatter Madigan #1)

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An exciting new adventure featuring a teenaged Hatter Madigan, one of the most popular character from the New York Times best-selling The Looking Glass Wars trilogy by Frank Beddor!

Combat training! Secret society initiations! Self-serving rivals! Welcome to Wonderland’s prestigious Millinery Academy: where those born to protect the queendom train to become spies, assassins
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Automatic Publishing
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Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published April 19th, 2016 by Automatic Publishing

I came across this book via the brilliant Koeur's Book Reviews. I love it when he goes off on a rant (which luckily for me, happens quite often), but when something gets high praise from him, I know I've gotta read it as well. Due to all the poopiness going on, I was WAY behind on my ARC pile, so it took a while to finally read this one. And, of course, 'Koeur' was absolutely right!

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Caroline Walker
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I have read the Looking Glass Wars before but it was so long ago I barely remember the story. So if you haven't read the Looking Glass Wars series then don't worry because you're still going to enjoy the heck out of this book.

This book started out in a typical fashion with 2 brothers loosing their parents and having to grow up without them. It picks up when they have lived without them for around 10 years and are entering key phases in their lives. The book focuses on one brother specifically,
Hatter Madigan has spent his entire life at the Millinery since the death of his parents, but he is just now entering as a student. Hatter wants to fit in, but can't seem to get the hang of sewing or controlling his emotions. His first group of friends are popular boys led by Rhodes who rule the class through intimidation and bullying. When he finally has enough of them, he falls into a group of misfits that includes blind Newton and emotional Astra. He also meets Arlo, who alerts him to the fac ...more
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

Publisher: Letter Better Publishing

Publishing Date: April 2016

ISBN: 9780991272921

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.2/5

Publishers Description: Combat training! Secret society initiations! Self-serving rivals! Welcome to Wonderland’s prestigious Millinery Academy: where those born to protect the queendom train to become spies, assassins, and bodyguards. With all that to contend with, not to mention following in his popular older brother’s footsteps, just getting throu
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Frank Beddor's "Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X." so much more than I thought I would. I am a big fan of originality, so I usually don't like retellings (Or, in this case, a prequel to) that much, but Frank Beddor proves that you can put a new spin to an old tale. I definitely looks forward to reading more of this series. I looked at the author's list and it looks like I already have quite a bit of catching up to do.

This book is well written, engrossing and easy to follow along with. The cha
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for something that rings of Hogwarts but is firmly rooted in the Wonderland lore I would recommend this book for you. It is labeled as a Middle grade reader but there is much to satisfy all ages in what I hope will be the first of many books.

See my full review at:
Wendie Barney boucher
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of the novel through a goodreads giveaway. This novel is the prequel to the Looking Glass Wars, and while I have never read the series I intend to after reading this novel. I found the plot of the story very interesting and the characters were well thought out and developed. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels.
Kristian Wilson
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews

Well, I'm happy to announce that we've finally reached the point when books for juvenile readers set in magical schools don't feel like cheap, Harry Potter knockoffs. Frank Beddor's Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox provides middle grades readers with a balance between J.K. Rowling's fantasy and Beddor's own take on Lewis Carroll's Wonderland. The result is a wholly original little book that will delight anyone looking for light-hearted fantasy.

A prequel to Beddor's Looking Glass Wars, Ghost i

Elaine Carass
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was Lucky enough to be a beta reader for this book.

First of all it was great to get back to the Wonderland that Frank Beddor introduced us to in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.

The only character from the trilogy was a young Hatter Madigan, here we get to see a different side to the Hatter we all knew has the Queens bodyguard.
This was a a fast paced tale of who Hatter Madigan was and how he became the man who saved Queen Alyss.

This Hatter was not like his older self, he was more emotional, and
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a prequel to a Alice in Wonderland retelling ( The Looking Glass Wars) that involves smart, endearing, strong willed children who grow up to fight and defend their land. Even though it is created for a suggested age group of 8 and up, I didn't feel as if it was a middle grade book at all. Anyone with any interest in a world of wonder and imagination or who loves a "fairytale" retelling, would love this book.

The main character, Hatter Madigan, wears his heart on his sleeve. He easily sh
**An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Not a proper review, as this was an ARC.

While I enjoyed reading it, I didn't like it as much as the LGW, though I do think it will go over pretty well with the intended audience. The plot is good, and while the action isn't really action-y, it fits with the setting and ages of the characters. I did very much like the cast of characters, especially our side characters of Newton, Astra, and even We
Melanie Thompson
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hatter Madigan begins his MILLINER training as a cadet. As with any coming of age story, there are ups and downs. Hatter wants to be the best, but first must learn to control his emotions. It doesn't help when he stands out among his stoic peers as emotional and prone to outbursts. All he wants is to become a Spade, a spy in the service of her Majesty, but his actions lead him to become a Heart, the bodyguards of the realm. Strange things are happening in the Hatbox, a new training building devi ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got a copy of this book as an ARC. Having read The Looking Glass Wars many years ago, I hoped it would have the same flavor and intricate details that LGW had. I found the plot to be very pleasant and simple.
I know this was written for a younger audience and as I read I thought about what my 9 yr old would think of the story. It's easy to follow with plenty of things to think about as the story progresses. The story feels like a nice mix between Ender's Game and early Harry Potter and the Sor
Sam McRoberts
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just had the chance to beta read this, and it was fantastic! Hatter Madigan was one of the most compelling characters from The Looking Glass Wars trilogy, but he was also something of an enigma. Where did he come from? How did he become so epic? Why is his hat so freaking cool?

It was fun to see a different side of Wonderland, while getting to know so much more about the early life of one of Wonderland's most epic heroes.

If you loved Looking Glass Wars, you'll love this. Definitely add this on
Full review here:

This series debut is ideal for middle school readers or as an addition for fans of the other books. The story is fast paced and creative and adds just enough of Carroll's classic to delve into an exciting reimagining of the original. The Mad Hatter as a highly trained and lethal bodyguard/spy who wields his hat as a weapon by the power of imagination is just too cool! I love all the other Wonderland references as well as the heirarchy of the
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of my book boyfriends in his younger days, taking on the academy in his brother's shadow. The value and power of threads - for some disturbing reason - made me think of Kill la Kill - sorry. Fans of Clare and Black's Magisterium series will love this, and I can't wait to see what further adventures await my Hatter.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was totally brilliant from start to finish! Everything I could ever want and more! Check out my full review here.
K'tina Guardino
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an ARC, so I'm not going to post any actual review here. I will say, however, that I am excited about this new series.
Mike Gurney
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mike by: Frank Beddor
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Review to follow soon...
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To those who have read author Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars novels or Hatter M, Volume 1: The Looking Glass Wars comic books, Hatter Madigan is one of the most familiar characters in both series. He is the royal bodyguard to two Queens, traveler through the Pool of Tears, a warrior with few peers in this alternate version of Wonderland. The Hatter Madigan one meets in Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox is a far cry from the Hatter any fan of the series knows and loves but, and I strongl ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a prequel to Alice in Wonderland, which tells the story of the soldiers getting the training needed to protect Wonderland. It's perfect for lovers of fantasy. Reminds me some of Harry Potter since the children are placed in the different suites of cards, which is their training group. There's lots of adventure in this first book.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Read my review at Bookish Adventures.
Heena Rathore P.
A Beautiful, beautiful book! A must-read for all Alice The Wonder Land readers!
Corwin Lee
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great new view on the story of Alice in Wonderland. Can't wait for the next book!
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun look at how Hatter Madigan got to become Hatter Madigan. I fell in love with the character after reading The Looking Glass Wars and was pleasantly surprised to find that Beddor had written a prequel to Madigan's storyline.

The world is just as captivating and the characters flow through it smoothly. The writing is well done and impeccably all-consuming. I love how there's just the right about of fantasy and science fiction, with a dab of paranormal. This book is perfect for coming of age t
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I absolutely LOVED this book! It definitely plays on certain character types in people and I could see the characters in people in the world. I really like the popular kids vs. doing your own thing. Very empowering in that respect. Overall, I definitely recommend it for people of all ages especially junior high where people are experiencing the conflict of popular groups vs. outsiders
Melisa Holm
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In December, I was lucky enough to receive an advance reading copy of Frank Beddor’s (with Adrienne Kress) forthcoming Hatter Madigan Book 1: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. (I also got Eric Laster’s #Static, but that has to wait a few more days because my work schedule went kerblooey; and yes, that is the technical term.)

It has taken me time to post this because I spent most of the time after reading it trying to compose something that wasn’t just me flailing all over the place and gushing about how
Once Upon a Twilight
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Entitlement runs rampant in the young blooded cadets of Wonderlandia. Everyone strives for being the best, to bring honor to their families and to secure a position as a Brim. Bullying is rampant too, students with different skills or who operate outside of the box thinking get picked on or worst, expelled. What will Hatter do when everyone around him becomes zombies? Not the flesh eating type, but the possessed type. Something is happening to his fellow students, someones plotting against the c ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Imagine if instead of going to wizard school, Harry Potter went to a magical pottery school--and then proceeded to suck at absolutely everything including making pots. And also Moaning Myrtle and the house ghosts possessed first years and turned them into blank-eyed zombies and none of the teachers cared or noticed.

This book wants very badly to be Harry Potter and falls far, far short. There's no whimsy, no compelling characters, no wonder and enchantment, and not even any actual teaching. All l
Ms. Yingling
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Copy received from Media Masters Publicity

Hatter has always lived on the outskirts of the Wonderland Millinery Academy, ever since the death of his parents. Now, his brother Dalton is the head bodyguard for the Queen of Hearts, and he is entering the Academy as a Cap, hoping he will be good enough to become a Milliner and help defend Wonderland. Not everyone thinks he should be there-- Rhodes especially makes fun of his background, his tendency to be emotional, and his lack of sewing skills. Hat
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