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“Lewis Carroll didn’t get it right?”
“No, my dear. I don’t think anyone truly will.”

Far away and down a rabbit hole sits the magical world known as Wonderland. A safe haven for the souls who lived less than ideal lives in the waking world get to experience peace in their afterlife. Jessica is the newest member of this enchanted land, but after eating a cookie that took
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Published June 4th 2019 by The Parliament House
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Candace Robinson
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Over the years, Wonderland is a place where children and adults alike have held a special place in their hearts. Me being one of them! I started out as a wee child loving Alice in Wonderland, and to this day, still do!

I’ve read some great retellings of it and some so-so ones, but I’ll have to say that this one was super unique! Right from the prologue I was sucked in with the author’s magical words. The whole story felt very whimsical and the descriptions were lush and full of life! The MC is
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Ashley
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received this book from Parliament House in return for an honest review. I was excited for this book since it seemed like a really interesting Alice in Wonderland retelling. Unfortunately it was a miss for me. The plot was interesting and the world was entertaining, but there wasn't enough content. I feel like the story could've been expanded on and longer. There were a lot of unnecessary time jumps and a lot of things happened in these time jumps, but you are just told what happened instead ...more
Chantal Gadoury
So my review has been a long time coming.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Wandering in Wonderland" when it first came to Parliament in the early stages. And I loved the novel even more after all the hard work Aislinn and their editor put into it! It's certainly a novel unlike anything I've read before, and I can't wait to get the sequel INTO. MY. HANDS.

I had such a soft spot for so many characters in "Wandering in Wonderland." I loved the twists, the turns. The writing was whimsical - with
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BookDragons
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this twisted continuation of a classic fairy tale. It's not really a retell because it flows so naturally as a possible part two. Very well written! Loved it!!
Luisa (lostinthebookstore_)
3.5
thank you to Parliament House for sending me this one in return for an honest review!

Where to start.... well this is definitely not like the stories of Wonderland that I’m used to! There were twists and turns and surprises around every corner(I mean it still is Wonderland right!?) This story kept me on my toes throughout, and the ending was a nice surprise!

“Lewis Carroll didn’t get it right?”
“No, my dear.” Alice laughed. “I don’t think anyone truly will. Just like how no one will ever know
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Amanda
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A GIANT thank you and gratitude to The Parliament House publishing and the author for giving me this opportunity to read this book. I did a cover reveal and I knew right off the bat that I was going to love this book. I was right.

We follow Jessica whom eats a bit of cookie and winds up forgetting her past life. Once she is told that she has died and is now in Wonderland, Jessica struggles with the acclimation of this unique land that is only read in a book. She’s escorted by a White Rabbit named
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Nicole
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, I want to thank Parliament Press for giving me a eARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a great take on Alice in Wonderland. I am a huge fan of this story, and was excited to see how the author, Aislinn Honeycutt, would leave their mark.

This story follows Jessica as she wanders through Wonderland after a car accident. As a new member of the land, she must participate in The Looking Glass Ceremony. The Queen of Hearts takes Jessica under her wing and
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Danielle Roux
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A dark Wonderland retelling with some seriously amazing world-building and an amazing cast of diverse characters. I love the LGBTQ+ representation in this book! Jessica is such strong character with her complicated past, and the dangerous situations she finds herself in within Wonderland. I love the twists and turns this plot takes, the marvelous way the characters are discovered and new little pieces of this magical world unveiled. This book is a must read for fans of the original story, who ...more
Aly
4.75/5 stars

I wasn't sure how I would feel about this based off of the summary... BUT WOW. I really, really enjoyed this retelling! The writing style was very lyrical and had a great way of including breaks during each chapter. It was easy to follow which character we were following as well, which I was surprised at considering the layout. This retelling is actually quite unique in terms of the worldbuilding, the character origins, and even the ending. It gives you a familiar, but very
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Janet
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a different take on Wonderland. Seems to be somewhat in the future with a few new characters that weren't in the original. I enjoyed it!
OneMamaReads
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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Jessica has woken up in Wonderland with no memory of who she is or was. Wonderland is an afterlife for those who have suffered hardships throughout their life. Jessica is now on route, with Horace (one of the "white rabbits"), to a looking glass ceremony at the castle of the Hearts. There she will find her Wonderland reflection and learn what part of Wonderland's large world she belongs within.

This was a very unique and creative interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. This is not
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K.D. Reid
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Wandering in Wonderland by Aislinn Honeycutt was a cozy novel. It promises character intimacy but instead keeps the reader at a distance. The overarching story takes precedence over character-reader intimacy. The political history in this version of Wonderland was intriguing. Honeycutt exhibits a tremendous talent in using setting and plot to tell a full story in a short book without multiple active plotlines. The plot point where Jessica is very briefly The Queen of Spades before being ...more
Jessica Julien
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to dive into this ARC as the story line sounded thrilling and the cover was captivating. I've read a few other pieces by this publishing company so I had high expectations for this read, but I was quickly disappointed.

First off, I love the idea of Wonderland being a type of middle area between the living and the dead, this was an amazing idea that I wish had been captured better. The characters are your basic stock with no real personality of guidelines and I felt confused
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Jessica
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

"Jessica fought the sleep tugging at her eyelids and wandered through her thoughts and fears of what was to happen next in her time in Wonderland."

There were so many things that I loved about this book. For one, the characters were all very fleshed out and we saw a lot of development from Jessica as the book progressed, and we saw her relationships develop with everyone that
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gwendalyn _books_
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Publisher: The Parliament House
Book Title: Wandering in Wonderland
Author: Aislinn Honeycutt
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This book was received as an ARC from Edelweiss , in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

Lewis Carroll didn’t get it right?”
“No, my dear. I don’t think anyone truly will.”


Honeycutt has created a riveting , and gripping tale, that totally sucked me in from the start. She
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Danielle - BookishRhetor
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this novel as an eARC from The Parliament Press.

You mean “Lewis Carol didn’t get it right?”
“No, my dear,” Alice laughed. “I don’t think anyone truly will.” But, that fact just “adds to the wonder, the mystery of the place.” And Honeycutt does a great job of retelling and remaking the fantastical world that is Wonderland. She transforms Wonderland into a type of heaven, and rather than follow Alice, we follow Jessica Smith while she works to uncover the secrets of the Looking
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Energy
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jessica wakes in a hospital scared and confused. When the White Rabbit, Horace, tells her she has died and takes her to Wonderland, she quietly takes it all in, accepting his words as truth. What follows is a wild adventure where Jessica threatens the balance the residents have worked so hard to achieve But what if they're wrong? What if Jessica means for good, as Alice had?

This was a pretty quick read with a great setting. The characters weren't overly deep but they were extremely likable. I
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Wren Handman
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read by a fellow Parliament House author, and it was so fun to see what other kinds of stories they're interested in. Honeycutt's novel (novella? it's quite short) is a lovely look into an alternate version of Wonderland, where the residents are the souls of those who lived unhappy lives. I love the idea that a magical yet complicated world is the consolation prize for life being kind of shitty. It's a way more interesting version of Heaven than angels and clouds!

The
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Lin Ryals
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Plot: This was such a fun story to read. It gave one of our favorite childhood novels and gave it fresh life. It isn’t the story retold, exactly, but more of a continuation of where the original one was left off. It all wasn’t just a dream, but so much more!

Characters: LOVE THEM! The characters are awesome. They all have their quirks and distinct personalities.

Writing: This is the only part that I had a hard time with. There is so much to this story. So many details. It’s wonderful. The world is
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Angela
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more of a 3.5 than a 4 star review. But I cannot rate in half starts, so rounding up it is!

I received this as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to The Parliament House for giving me access.

This is an interesting take on the Wonderland we all know and love. This Wonderland is the afterlife and home of lost souls. The premise of the story is very interesting and I enjoyed most of it. There where times where the story jumped from one thought to another
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C. Lewis
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, as a HUGE fan of Alice in Wonderland, I was chomping at the bits to get my hands on this book! I WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY. The writing is so amazing and the characters are so well fleshed out that I was CONVINCED they were real. I kept thinking I should have some sweet narrator reading this story to me. The magic on the page needed it. The descriptions painted a very vivid picture of the story world and added to the immersive quality! I think the looking glass was by far my favorite. How ...more
Heather
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I recieved a copy of Wandering Wonderland by the publisher and this is my honest review. The story itself was good. It has all the characters from the original Wonderland that everyone loves. Plus some new characters and some history of Wonderland. However I just couldn't really get into the story. It's like she wanted to cram as much as she could into the story but keep it to a certain length. It also seemed to end abruptly, it didn't feel finished.
jana [ bookishwiccan ]
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Detailed review to come June 7th on my blog!

Loved this book. A great retelling of one of my favourites.
Evelyn
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-release, arc, 2019
Really interesting and well-done retelling!

More about this book on my blog next week!
Alice J.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love Alice in Wonderland and was so excited to read this retelling. The original Alice didn't play a huge part in the novel but Honeycutt has made Wonderland her own with an interesting take on the beginnings of Wonderland, the clans and the inclusivity of her characters. I think this book could have been a little longer with more description and showing but overall, it was a good read.
Lily (latestreads)
*Thank you to Parliament House for providing me with an ARC of this book. Some parts may have been changed as I did not read the final book. Please know that all of the expressed thoughts are my honest opinions.

As I know I have said before, I am such a big fan of retellings. I am always so excited to see how the author spins it into their own story. One of this biggest lures for me was that this was the “real story of Wonderland” as “Lewis Carroll didn’t get it right” and that is was a darker
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Mackenzie
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying I love Alice retellings. I was so happy to get a chance to read this for The Parliament House. The story was absolutely charming. I loved how Wonderland was recreated and the reimagined characters. I thought Jessica's story arc was great. The one problem I had with the story was sometimes characters were defined by a trait and sometimes it was hard to distinguish what character they were talking about. For example, "the blonde girl" or "the brunette" Overall I loved ...more
Laura ( Latteandbooks )
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Alice in wonderland has always been one of my favourite movies/books I have read a few re telling’s and some have been amazing, and some were just okie. This one It was unique unlike the others that I have read, there are twists and turns that you don’t see happening and everything is backwards.
Alice and Jessica are an amazing pair to make this story truly compelling. I will be giving my full review closer to release day.
Sarah Lampkin
rated it it was amazing
Sep 11, 2019
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Aislinn Honeycutt was born and raised in Northern California. Throughout their early teens to young adulthood, Aislinn could often be found writing and creating characters. During college, they found themself more attracted to theater arts than any other study and was proud to be apart of several plays and film projects produced by their peers. Their love for writing came from
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