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Seeing Redd

(The Looking Glass Wars #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  17,381 ratings  ·  1,188 reviews
Alyss of Wonderland's rule 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 being queen while attempting to evade Molly for a few private moments with Dodge.

Alyss' life is a challe
Hardcover, First Edition, 371 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Dial Books
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Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 12, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
I didn't like this book as much as the first, in large part because it feels almost like a place holder to get everyone back in the game before the final confrontation. Really this book is more about Hatter and his issues than about Alyss and her battle with her aunt. It takes Redd most of the book to get back to Wonderland and Arch is thrown in as this temporary villain to cause problems until Redd can get there.

That being said I do like this take on Wonderland and I felt for Hatter in this bo
May 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Wendy Cornelisen
Oct 18, 2007 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
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jul 18, 2014 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
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
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
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
There are spoilers ahead for The Looking Glass Wars. Alyss Heart is the newly instated queen of Wonderland, but the threats haven’t stopped since Redd jumped into the Heart Crystal. She worries her aunt will appear in another form, and she’s facing threats from Boarderland’s misogynistic King Arch. When there’s an attack on the Crystal Continuum and her personal bodyguard, Homburg Molly, goes missing, Alyss’s queendom is threatened from within. Hatter Madigan will do anything to get Molly back i ...more
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 7th Grade and up
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: previous book
Wow! This just dove right into the politics, and seems that it's rather outlandish seeing that the settings is Wonderland.
Okay, I'm really not a fan of this King Arch. Men, this guy is not an example to follow. If you do, you'll deserve the slap in the face you are sure to get someday.
The way Cat and Redd are introduced back into the story is so eerie and morbid.
The plot is absolutely everywhere dividing your attention here, there, and everywhere. I was also feeling like there is an aspect that
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved it!!!!! Will write review tonight along with several others I need to catch up on. ;P
Heather W
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I was a tad disappointed with this book as compared to the first it is slow and clunky in places. However, once it got going it was a good story and worthy of notice. I loved Hatter Madigan again, he will always be my favourite character and wish he had been introduced a bit earlier in the story.

I did enjoy the book, and have moved on to the last book in the series, however, I do find Mr Beddor's writing style to be a little irritating when describing the fighting scenes with....

May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This series is definitely giving me vibes of a little boy (the author) having fun playing with his toys, making up crazy stories while making lots of battle sounds. It's hilarious and entertaining (and maybe the audio version makes it even more entertaining), yet it also manages to inspire readers to embrace their own imagination. I'm really liking this retelling of Alice in Wonderland that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Max Washington
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun book in the Looking Glass Wars series!
Lots of action and humor. Redd is still amusingly insane. Some really nice descriptive sections.
Some emotionally moving sections.
I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next!
Lezlie Gits
This Alice in Wonderland retelling is a really fun read. This is the second book in the series, and I'm very much looking forward to reading the final installment. I love the juxtaposition of the deadly serious and the weirdly whimsical throughout the two I've completed. ...more
Kathryn Snyder
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot to love in this book series. This book is not as good as the first book, but it does build Wonderland & Borderland well.
Sarah Barr
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I really love the universe/worldbuilding but after 2 books still cant bring myself to care about any of the characters.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun YA book with just a touch of romance.
Sab Cornelius
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Re-read! <--- I do book blogging on the side, so posted my full review here. [Site is currently A WIP]
How did we end up here?

I read THE LOOKING GLASS WARS, promptly fell in love with it and set myself on buying the next book in the series. That was a bit after I read the book and then SEEING REDD sat on my shelf for a while, getting lost in all of the other books around it. Until recently when I unearthed it and declared that I must read it for the good of my brain! My brain, it’s still thanking me.

Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!

Just fifty? Chomp. Done.

It had been a while since I’ve read
Sep 14, 2015 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
Reviewed by Breanna F. for

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
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
Stephanie (ShyNotebooks)
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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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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