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Curiouser and Curiouser

(Steampunk Fairy Tales #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  148 reviews
To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him.

Alice thought she’d turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London's criminal underbelly. But she’d been bonkers
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 7th 2017 by Clockpunk Press
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I love Alice in Wonderland, and I came across this steampunk version quite unexpectedly, and I became rather curious. I mean, a steampunk Alice? This has to be read to be believed. You definitely get the feel of the original story, but this one includes other scenes, and really, it kind of goes off the beaten track.
I love that the Jabberwocky is a pretty prominent character. As a child, my parents used to read me The Jabberwocky as a bedtime treat, so it holds much history for me. The Jabberwoc
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author and have voluntarily reviewed this book.

I was hooked from the start! This book is a true delight.

Melanie Karsak paints a beautiful and engaging world in her novel Curiouser and Curiouser. This steampunk fairytale retelling of Alice in Wonderland is riveting and beautifully told. The blend between original and reimagined is fantastic. This new colorful world of mechanical creatures and airships is peppered with dialogue from the original story to create an endear
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gave-4-5-stars
I received this book in a subscription box, and I am so glad that I did! Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the story itself was also well worth it! The only issue I took was the constant back and forth from past and present, as well as the repetitiveness that happened; while it was important for us to know all those details, I would have preferred more moments in the present, getting to see things develop between Alice and William. Those moments between them, however, are so well done that I s ...more
Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
I never read anything that has to do with Steampunk. I know what steampunk is but I've never fully looked into the subject matter. I saw this and since I haven't read many Alice in Wonderland retellings

So down the rabbit hole I go.

This was an different approach to the fairy tale. It's not your typical Disney movie.

Alice aka Bandersnatch use to work for the Jabberwokey after he got her and her sister out of a London factory. As soon as she could she got her and her sister out of that life and has
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was so good and added that amazing extra atmosphere to the original tale of Alice in Wonderland.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
4.5 Stars

Curiouser and Curiouser is yet another hit from Melaine Karsak, one of my favorite authors. In this she takes the story of Alice in Wonderland and turns it on its head, adding something altogether new to a story very familiar with retellings.

Most readers are familiar with Alice in Wonderland, and it’s tale of whimsy. It’s off the charts strange at times, and full of characters that fit the definition of unique. Curiouser and Curiouser actually turn that tale of fantasy into something a
River Song
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-gelesen
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Donald Firesmith
Really enjoyed it. Highly creative and great characters.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love it!!!! Wonderful smashup of Alice the Bandersnatch, a criminal in recovery! Love, intrigue, intrepid heroine, clockwork cat, airship pirates, and a nasty villain.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have always wanted a Steampunk Alice, this book isn't quite what I had in mind but WOW, this was so much better and so unique! The story doesn't exactly follow the Alice in Wonderland story but it does. You get the feel of the story but it's just done so different. The people in the story are all from Alice. You have the Caterpillar, Hatter, Ellie, The Queen of Hearts, The White Queen, Cheshire, Dinah, Jack and a few more. I just loved how this was done and it's an awesome love story with a re ...more
Curious indeed, and a fantastic read. Imagine a fusion between Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist. It's that compelling. And witty, adventurous and clever.

As I was reading about the characters, I had the impression that there might have been another book before this one. Whatever the case, the facts that linked them in the past and how those affected their present situation were being clearly described so there was no detriment to the flow of the story and I quickly became engrossed. Then I re
A fantastically dark Alice with a steam punk flare!

William chuckled. “Shall we take it all in?”
Barely able to breathe, I nodded.
“Now, there is my Alice,” he said softly. “Her curious eyes open wide.”
I smiled. “It’s a wonderland.”

As soon as I saw the cover for Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak, I knew I had to read it! Imaginative fractured fairy tales are one of my favorite genres and I have loved Alice in Wonderland tales since my childhood. I’d never previously picked up anything by t
I received this complimentary audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

Retellings are typically hit or miss for me and Curiouser and Curiouser was a hit. It was short, so it didn't get overwhelming with the crazy worldbuilding that it certainly could have been, as a steampunk retelling of Alice in Wonderland. But, it was just enough to enjoy the characters and enjoy the spin on the story.

The story takes place in basically Victorian London, in a steampunk fashion. There were airships (and an ai
Elaine Carass
I received this from the author for a review.

I loved it. I wish it had been longer, but I still enjoyed it.

Alice has got away from a life of crime and is working for a Lord. When her sisters suitor is beaten up for gambling Alice ends up doing a job to save him, which puts her back in the fold with her true love. She ends up doing one last job for the man she loves .

The story starts with the theft of a pocket watch and Alice finds herself once again down the rabbit hole. From start to finish
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Alice made a clean break from a life of crime. In the process she lost the love of her life. Something happened and Alice got sucked back into the life she tried to get away from. I liked the organized crime part of the story. It was an interesting twist. There were a few flashback scenes that explained why Alice chose a different path in life. Her reasons for leaving were solid ones. The romance was good. I liked Alice and William together. It definitely had a YA vibe because they loved each ot ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wild ride! I'm new to steampunk and also to Melanie Karsak, but it didn't take long to get into the thick of the plot. Ms Karsak took a classic story and turned it on it's side, then ran with it. In this story, she has turned Alice into a reformed thief who turned from the dark life to a respectable assistant to a wealthy man. She still misses the love of her life, who she left when she left her dark past behind her. But she soon is drawn back into his ways, unwillingly made part of a gra ...more
Daniela Medeiros
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I was so ready to be blown away by this! I am always looking for Alice In Wonderland retellings and a steampunk version of Alice sounded just perfect! Alas, I was a bit disappointed. Right from the beginning, this is so full of spelling errors, I can't believe someone even proofread this... The plot also feels rushed and everything is so easily resolved, it lacks depth.
However, the characters are likeable and the brutality of the Queen of Hearts was one of my favourite things.
One of the best pa
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

This was a steampunk retelling of Alice in Wonderland in which Alice Lewis, a bit of a Mary Sue "guttersnipe," is drawn back from a life she had hoped she had left behind. The story starts out smashingly, with the good-hearted Alice, aka "The Bandersnatch" rescuing her sister Bess's beloved Hatter from a horrible fate due to unpaid gambling debts by agreeing to use her skill set to commit an audacious crime. The characters redrawn from Carroll's Alice were interesting but the romance a
Shannon Ross
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. I can honestly say this is a nice new twist on one of my favorite fairytales. I loved that it took on a more adult rated version of Alice. The story is a quick read that left me wanting more of Ms. Karsak's fairytales. I hope to see more of bandersnstch and catapiller, but also excited to see what she has in store for Red, Cinder, Belle, and maybe even Tink..who knows. I loved how the original references of Lewis's works were woven i ...more
Ruby McDemon
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
This was a really different and dark Alice. I LOVED IT! The original Alice in Wonderland was twisted, but this brought it to a whole new level and made it gloriously dark. Melanie took a wonderful story and made an amazing twisting maze of a story that was even better than the original in my opinion. Lesley did a wonderful job narrating with her lovely accent and wonderful way of injecting so many emotions into the words she read.
Raquel Evans
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Since I read Beauty and Beastly first I was surprised by how dark and disturbing this book was. At first I was put off by it, but by the end I think I was okay with the way the subject material was handled. Definitely avoid this book if you consider yourself a sensitive reader though.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A magnificent retelling of Alice in wonderland, with a steampunk twist. I highly recommend it!
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short novel was steampunk, horror and romance all rolled into one. It was unexpectedly engrossing - a super fun read for steampunk fans!
A great mixture of Alice in Wonderland and steampunk. I loved how Wonderland's characters were incorporated into this universe as humans.
Lisa Lynch
Dec 22, 2018 rated it did not like it

I have a soft spot for Alice in Wonderland retellings. I've read every single one I have found and was excited to pick up Melanie Karsak's Curiouser and Curiouser despite knowing full well the risk I was taking. With this book being both an Alice in Wonderland retelling and a steampunk Alice in Wonderland retelling, I had a feeling that, more likely than not, this bo
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Romance, a clockwork Cheshire cat grinning away, and tea parties with a Hatter are brought to life in this steampunk world. Alice of "Curiouser and Curiouser" is not the sweet, innocent we see on the cover nor the traditional Alice who falls down a hole and lets things happen to her. This Alice is a wily thief who left it all behind. Or so she hoped. But true love involves her once more with the evil Red Queen. This Alice is smart, skilled, and not willing to be part of the Queen's evil.

I loved
Evie Hook
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
An amazingly written story that takes the Alice in wonderland characters and beautifully intertwines them into a brand new story with hidden details that keep jumping out at you from the original story. Amazingly done cant wait for the rest in the series.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful take on Alice in Wonderland. Enjoyed it very much. A not to be missed book when it's available. Received an ARC. Ready for more by this author.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland, maybe even better than C.S. Lewis’ original story. I was introduced to Melanie Karsak’s writing with her steampunk novel Chasing the Star Garden, so I was quite certain I would enjoy more steampunk from the author. In fact, there is a very loose connection between the two stories, but if you blink, you might miss it.

The book blurb is a very good review of the plot, so I won’t bore you with any such details. What I will say is that Caterpilla
Melissa Hayden
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Melanie writes Alice with the feel we would expect. A curious young lady with thoughts of her own to share. The story isn't as much falling down a literal hole like in the original story. But Alice living in a world full of wonder, and following a boy nicknamed Rabbit. The world created is full of steamwork and clockwork items. This blended with the steam and smoke draws a world of danger and mystery in which Alice is pulled back into. This is a talent as Melanie very craftily wrote the story in ...more
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