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Take Your Medicine

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Alice “Al” Liddell is from Echola, Alabama. She leads the life of a normal teen until the day she’s diagnosed with vasovagal syncope – a fainting disorder which causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly.

Her mother, the “Queen of Hearts,” is the best cardiothoracic surgeon this side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a bit of a local hero. Yet, even
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Published March 5th 2018 by NineStar Press
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Elle (TheBookishActress)
I have literally nothing to say about this book. there is no character arc and no real plot and no real resolution and no real romance. this novella had no arc, no... anything?

I don’t even think I can write a full review. this was just... not even a novella. maybe a decent short story but not a novella by any means.

✨me, trying to read novellas as fast as possible so I don’t feel like I totally failed at reading over break? it’s more likely than you think [buddyread with if I dislike this the r
Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
3 “I wish this was a whole book” Stars
“Some girls dance. Some girls ski. Some girls faint.”

Disclaimer: Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Words I will use to describe this book: Weird, Bizarre, Magical, Cute, Confusing.

I think a good metaphor to explain how this book felt for me is “Like a sting from a small fairy dust shot in my butt”.


I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would because I started reading with low expectations. You need to know this is not a fu
Lex Kent
3.25 Stars. This is a YA novella that is a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland. The story is well written and sweet, but it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. I think if I was 16 years-old, I would have loved this. I would actually recommend this novella for people wanting sweet F/F stories that a young person could read. This is the type of book I wished would have been in my high school library back in the day.

When I read the blurb about this being Alice, with witches, I was looking for
Tyler J Gray
Actual Rating: 3.25

I really did enjoy this book in the end and I do think it's worth a read! However I didn't love it as much as I hoped I would either.

It's said to be a gothic retelling of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (which I have read, and enjoyed, though it's been awhile) and...I didn't see any of that. I'm not sure where the Gothic part comes in honestly, the Alice in Wonderland part felt forced with it just being (that I saw) the characters names. There's the MC Alice and she makes fri
This novella is a contemporary reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, featuring a queer, disabled black girl as the main character! Set in the Southern United States, it follows Al’s story as she makes a new friend and struggles to become more independent from her overbearing mother—a cardiac surgeon known locally as “The Queen of Hearts”.

Al lives with vasovagal syndrome, a condition that causes her to faint unexpectedly when she’s startled, tired, or stressed. I was a little confused by the blurb
Tiffany {Beyond the Stars: Book Blog}
I want to thank Hannah herself for providing me with a copy of Take Your Medicine. It was an amazing story and honest to God, not long enough. Girl, I need more.

I feel like an idiot because it specifically says this was a Southern Gothic retelling of Alice in Wonderland. It took me til about 57% through the book to get the name references as far as Rabbit, Kat, Mads, March, and the twins (their names are evading my memory at the moment.) I felt dumb. The references are there though and I adore t
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I requested this book on NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this book and to be honest I have nothing bad to say about it. It was a light, quick read, not thought provoking but that would definitely make your day.

One aspect that I enjoyed about this book was the mother-daughter relationship. The bond between Al and Laura is so strong and beautiful and it will melt your heart for sure. You c
This book was provided for free by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design as well as through NetGalley (accidentally requested through both) in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

This story isn’t what I expected it to be upon starting it, but it was still a decent story. It’s a very loose retelling of Alice In Wonderland in an American South setting that has Alice (“Al” in this case) going d
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I should have a review up on my blog tomorrow (THE BOOKS RELEASE DATE!)
The Library Ladies
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
(originally reviewed at )

I want to extend a very special thanks to Hannah Carmack, who was kind enough to provide me with an ARC of this novella! Keep your eyes out for a guest post from Hannah that I will be posting next week!

So maybe you’re asking yourself ‘Fantasy? Isn’t that Serena’s wheelhouse?’ And yes, this is true, but I do enjoy a fantasy story every now and again! I especially like stories that make reference to “Alice in Wonderland”, as that is one of my childh
Chantel (BW Reviews)
This review and others can be found at BW Book Reviews.

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Take Your Medicine will be released on March 5th, 2018.

2/5 – This story is a loose retelling of Alice in Wonderland in which a girl named Alice or “Al” as she likes to be called, has vasovagal syncope which is a fainting disorder. A chance meeting in the woods leads her to some new friends and a cute f/f romance.

There were things I really enjoyed about this book
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alice “Al” Liddel had lived a normal life until she was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, a fainting disorder that causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly. Since her diagnosis she has been at home, bouncing between doctor and doctor to see if someone can find a cure for her illness.

One day as she’s out in the orchard behind the property of her house, she runs into Kat and Rabbit. Two very unique girls who offer to help her in a nontraditional way, with herbs, sp
Candyce Kirk
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a fan of Alice and Wonderland and I'm a fan of retellings. That definitely made me want to pick this one up. It's an interesting story and the way the author writes was very smooth and it didn't take me long to get into the story or finish it. I can't imagine what it's like to have a disorder like Alice does and I didn't know anything about it before reading this novella. Alice is still learning to live with her new reality and that isn't easy. She's really close with her mother and even th ...more
Yo gurl Alaa
Take Your Medicine is a contemporary Novella/short story about a teenager girls called Alice (Al) with a fainting spell.

The story read very much like a fairy tale to me, but set in a modern setting. there was an air of mystery, that I held onto while reading the book. Unfortunetly, the story cuts short before even beginning to fully develop.

The book had multiple elements going on for it and it could have been a nice retelling of 'Alice in Wonderland'. However, non of the elements the book begi
3.5 starts

One of the first things I think you need to know going in to Take Your Medicine is that although it's billed as Alice in Wonderland-with-witches there's no actual magic and the Alice elements are more references and loose inspiration. Don't expect a full-on fantasy or Splintered-style retelling and you'll get much more out of this story.

My favourite thing about Take Your Medicine was definitely the physical setting. I've never been to Alabama, especially during a long, sticky summer, b
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was contacted by the author and asked if I would give an honest review of this novella in exchange for her providing me with a free copy. Now, normally you can't tie me to a chair and force me to read anything shorter than 300 pages. I make it no secret that I do not like novellas or *shudder* short stories. My preference is long, epic sagas where I can stay with the characters and in the world for as long as possible. I have trouble letting go once I get attached and want to delay the i
Carrie Adair (Cat on the Bookshelf)
Originally posted on Cat on the Bookshelf.

I received this electronic Advanced Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In this Alice in Wonderland retelling, Alice Liddell has “vasovagal syncope – a fainting disorder which causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly.” Her mother, a cardiothoracic surgeon, cannot cure her, but some new witchy friends think they can. Take Your Medicine, by Hannah Carmack, is an okay retelling with a focus on disabi
Actual rating: 3.75

There were a few things that I thought this book was but it is not and I want you readers to know so you don't have damaged expectations:

+it is not a full-length novel
+it is not a full-fledged fantasy story
+it is not a retelling in the strictest sense

But despite all this, I adored this book, its characters, and the notes of Alice in Wonderland in quirk and character.

"I’d prune all my roses to nothing for you."

I flew through this book so much quicker than I expec
Dannica Zulestin
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Alice is a girl with vasovagal syncope--feeling strong emotions or being surprised causes her to faint. Some months after her diagnosis, she meets an interesting pair of girls who live in the area, Kat and Rabbit. They're practicing witches, amateurs at holistic remedies. They say they can help to cure Alice's condition the natural way. So, although her surgeon mother disapproves, Alice starts using their herbal treatments and hanging out with them more and more. Meanwhile, she might be falling ...more
Warnings: medical distress, animal death

While not strictly a retelling, Take Your Medicine is instead like an AU that has these characters interacting with each other; the story is very much rooted in a contemporary setting though it often feels like it could be an urban fantasy. Alice has an illness that causes her to faint at moments of high emotion, which is why her mother, the Queen of Hearts, has her sequestered into a cottage during the summer, where Alice can catch up on her studies leisu
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Take Your Medicine is not a retelling of Alice in Wonderland per se, but it does bring back characters and mix them in order to come up with a sweet novella about making friends and living with a disease. More than that, this book plays ping-pong with magical realism – is there or isn’t there? That was on my mind all the time while reading this. I don’t know if the author intended for the story to have hints of magical realism,
Josee Bookshelf
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alice “Al” Liddell is from Echola, Alabama. She leads the life of a normal teen until the day she’s diagnosed with vasovagal syncope – a fainting disorder which causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly.

Her mother, the “Queen of Hearts,” is the best cardiothoracic surgeon this side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a bit of a local hero. Yet, even with all her skill she is unable to cure her daughter of her ailment, leading Al into the world of backwater witchcraft.

Melissa Redden
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at The Lesbian Bookworm:
When I saw the novella Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack on NetGalley I was drawn to it because it was about a girl that has vasovagal syncope. This is something that hits close to home for me because my younger sister suffered from vasovagal syncope. I am also a huge fan of gothic literature and Alice in Wonderland so what is there not to like.
This book took me a little while to get into but once I got into it I was hooked. I really liked the relati
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this novella, but while reading this I realized my knowledge of Alice in Wonderland is based on Grace Slick’s rendition of White Rabbit. That’s not a bad thing but it didn’t give me much of a frame of reference except for the names. However, the story was still entertaining. The setting was described vividly enough to make me realize I can cross off ever living in the South (wasps!).

Alice has a fainting disorder that her surgeon mother, the Queen of Hearts, can’t fix. She’s de
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was very excited to read this one. And I really fell in love with it on the first pages. The writing itself is charming and captivating right from the start.

That's why I was eager to finish reading because I could barely put my Kindle out of my hands but the ending came way to soon - I knew that this is a kinda short read and that's pretty okay for me but I whish there would be more flesh to the sweet romance which takes place in the story. It was just sketched with almost no depths to it.

Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I was very excited to read this, as it was my first ever ARC read, and it was very meh so to say. Amazing concept, but not good for a novella. Now had it been a full fledged novel, it would probably be better. I also feel that the LGBTQIA representation wasn't executed the correct way. I feel that it should've had more of a friend build up, and not the abruptness that it has. This book was provided to me through NetGalley.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. I love Alice in Wonderland, I love Southern Gothic, and, oh yeah, I'm a queer woman with vasovagal syncope.
I did not love this book. I did like it! I definitely enjoyed parts of it! But the thing that brought it down for me was the portrayal of the illness I have lived with for ten years. That, and that it seemed to be a little lacking in description.
My full review can be found here.
Beth Younge
I ended up putting this one down halfway through. I did not connect woth the main character as I felt she was quite whiny and this may have been down to her age or me but I just didn't care about her. The premise was interesting though and I liked Carmack used the language as it displayed a warmth and intrigue for the story.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sumedha (the wordy habitat)

Note: I received an eARC from the author in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is a modern retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and I was pretty interested when I heard of it. I read through the book but unfortunately, I didn’t find it holding up to my expectations.

The Plot

Alice ventures farther than her family’s property and comes across two girls who go by Rabbit and Kat. The main issue we focus on, as far as I could di
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I totally enjoyed it...Al, Rabbit, and Kat are fun characters to get to know. And you can take a different view each time to you this book. Your imagination is all that limits you. Take a trip through the rabbit hole and think about what it would be like to be young and have an obscure illness that separates you from people who you once thought were friends. What would you do to try to be 'normal'?
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