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Alice’s stories of Wonderland did more than raise a few eyebrows—it landed her in an asylum. Now at 15 years of age, she’s willing to do anything to leave, which includes agreeing to an experimental procedure. When Alice decides at the last minute not to go through with it, she escapes with the White Rabbit to Wonderland and trades one mad house for another: the court of t ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Red Rogue Press
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Jessica
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received this book for free as part of an Instagram book review tour.

This was a really fun retelling! The book takes place years after the original, when Alice is 15 and she once again follows the white rabbit back to Wonderland. I just have to put it out there that Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite stories so I was exceptionally eager to read this.

At first I didn’t quite know if I would like this but once Alice went back to Wonderland I was hooked. I just had to keep readin
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Erin
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to Netgalley and Red Rogue Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

Is it possible for a reimagining to kick the ass of the original novel?

Hell yes!

Even after a good nights sleep, I am still quite jazzed about H. J. Ramsay's take on Lewis Carroll's Alice and all the Wonderland characters. When our story opens, it is now a few years into the future and Alice's talked abotu ventures in Wonderland have landed her in an asylum. Convinced that their daughter has gone m
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
IS WONDERLAND REAL OR ALICE'S MADNESS?

Actual rating: 2.5⭐️

I love a good retelling and Alice in Wonderland is a personal favourite of mine. But while there were certain aspects of this book that kept me entertained, it didn't live up to my expectations.

"If I'm me, I can't really be anything else I'm not."
- Thomas, Prince of Hearts


WHAT I LIKED

Up-side down feeling: One of the things that makes the original book so amazing is the quirkiness, the strangeness of Wonderland. The Wonderland
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Tahera
I still haven't read the original Alice in Wonderland books. But I have watched the animated and movie versions of the books so I guess I am not that clueless when it comes to the story.

Ever Alice is a re-imagining of the original story. In this book Alice is now a 15 year old girl who is considered mentally ill by everyone around her and is institutionalised because she keeps insisting that her stories about Wonderland are true! While in the asylum, the doctor prescribes a new experimental trea
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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
My thanks to NetGalley and Red Rogue Press for a review copy of this book.

Ever Alice is pretty much a sequel to the Alice books taking place when Alice is fifteen. Alice has never ceased to believe in Wonderland and those she met there, but in the “real” world, this has meant that people, her parents and sister included, do not think her “normal” but “mad”. As a consequence, she is now undergoing treatment in a mental facility, dreaming of returning to her family one day. On the other side, we s
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BookNightOwl
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had so much fun reading Ever Alice. Thank you Netgalley for providing me an Arc of this book for an honest review.
Ever Alice starts off with Alice being in a mental institution for going "Mad." This book is basically a sequel written by a different author on what happened to Alice after she got home from Wonderland. In this book we meet all the famous characters that we met in Alice in Wonderland except they all have different names. Like the the Queen of Hearts whose name is Rosamund. This b
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Silvia F.
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I’m usually excited about retellings as they can be a pretty cool adaptation of the original tales (I am a huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles). Being a big fan of Alice in Wonderland I was excited to see the continuation of the tale. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite hold to my expectations. The idea was there but the character development I found to be a bit underdone. I’m giving it a 3* because there were some parts that were creative and quirky, and I must admit that the ending was pretty go ...more
Marta Cox
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
Ever Alice is this authors thoughts on what possibly could have happened after the story we all know and love. Essentially we have Alice still enamoured by Wonderland and her belief and borderline obsession worries her family so much they are constantly seeking help and medical attention which leads them to place Alice temporarily in an asylum. All is not well though and Alice faces medical intervention that she realises too late will alter her permanently. Is it possible that Ralph the White Ra ...more
Holly
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Think about it! Alice returns from her adventure in Wonderland and she can’t stop talking about the experience. It’s not at all far-fetched to imagine that her parents think she has lost her mind and has gone mad. So Mom and Dad do what parents did at the time — they send her off to an insane asylum.

She returns to Wonderland and is tasked with killing the Queen of Hearts but she doesn’t want to do it. Nearly all of the book takes place in Wonderland and it is fun to visit the place again. Howeve
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gem
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars! 🌟 🌟🌟🌟
I am a huge fan of the original Lewis Carroll books, and my house is full of Alice paraphernalia so I was really excited to read this latest reimagining.

The story focuses on a 15 year old Alice who is incarcerated in an insane asylum, and her parents and the medical staff are intent upon starting a new, radical treatment to forever banish her “delusions” of Wonderland.
Alice rails against this and (spoiler) finds herself once again back in Wonderland, although it’s even more topsy
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Obsidian
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Well not too much to say here besides the fact I didn't enjoy reading this one. I am always down for a fresh take on a retelling of a classic fairy tale, but Ramsay didn't do a good job of developing Alice or the Queen of Hearts. The flow of the book was not very good and I thought the setting of Wonderland could have been done up a lot more than it was. The ending also was a head scratcher to me.

"Ever
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Danielle
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
~ I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~

Unfortunately for me I just never managed to engage with this book, despite how much I wanted to. It was, in all honesty, quite boring.

When I think of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ the first word that springs to mind is ‘whimsical’, and this text just didn’t capture that. The only attempts were by changing words to have opposite meaning, and that just wasn’t enough. Additionally, I just felt the world created was just l
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Elvina Zafril
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I rarely read retellings but Ever Alice felt like a sequel to Alice. Ever Alice is about what happened to Alice after she left the Wonderland. It was surprisingly a fun read for me.

The plot is good. The writing style is good which gave me a pleasant feeling to keep on reading. At the half way through the book, I was still unsure about how the book is going to end and that made want to keep on reading.

So many characters that I'm familiar were in the book. And some of the characters annoyed the
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Lydia
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of the book, I did find it a bit difficult to get into, however, it was an interesting take on how Alice in Wonderland is viewed - a rather dark version of the story.

The writing style is good and the sentence structure is pleasant to read which always encourages me to read on as I can become more engaged in the story.

While half way through the book, I was still unsure on how the story was going to end and I was enjoying the intrigue that the author was providing.

Alice is a ve
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Kayla J. ~ Master of Dragons & Assassins
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Fun and quirky, Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay takes you on a wonderful adventure through the House of Hearts and the upside down world of Wonderland. Nothing is normal for Alice. Put in a mental hospital for her crazy ramblings about a white rabbit with a stop watch, she, unlike her mother, father, and sister, knows deep down that she's not mad.

Forced to transfer to a different hospital that participates in cruel tactics that 'treats' their patients, Alice is scared out of her mind and desperate to
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Jypsy
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Ever Alice attempts to explain what happened to Alice after she left Wonderland. It's something most fans of the classic story have likely wondered. I'm not a huge fan of the original, but I decided to try this one anyway. I struggled through the slow beginning and got bored with it several times throughout the story. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this story any more than the original. Big fans of Alice in wonderland will enjoy this one. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest r ...more
Nayana Agrawal
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay so it took me quite a while to read this because of the joys of university education but hey, I'm finally done!

Even though I've read a couple books like this one before (Alice in the Wonderland angst-edition, asylums, everyone's crazy, blah blah) it was still surprisingly fun. The way it's written is so nice, with all the opposite words and quirks that belong to the original Alice in Wonderland but with all the dark concepts thrown in the middle. The perspective switching between Rosamund
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LydiaTheBookaholic
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of the book, I did find it a bit difficult to get into, however, it was an interesting take on how Alice in Wonderland is viewed - a rather dark version of the story.

The writing style is good and the sentence structure is pleasant to read which always encourages me to read on as I can become more engaged in the story.

While half way through the book, I was still unsure on how the story was going to end and I was enjoying the intrigue that the author was providing.

Alice is a ve
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Moony MeowPoff
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a interesting twist to Alice in Wonderland, i really liked it and the twist that came with it. It didn't have the ending i'd hoped, but i like it nontheless.
Liz
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Everybody loves Alice.. and Mad Hatter and the Chester Cat and all the wondrous madness! And I was ready to be immersed in this story where Alice escapes the asylum, has to kill the Queen and ends up in danger again because OFF WITH HER HEAD but instead I found myself enjoying the start of the story, the ending of the story and some bits and bobs from the middle. The elements of Wonderland are definitely there. Uncomfortable is comfortable, unimportant is important, disgusting sounding tea is de ...more
Christy Ngo
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Other than fairy tale retellings, the other favourite thing of mine is Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Until now, I still don't fully understand the book but I think that is why I'm interested in it and all Alice in Wonderland retellings.
I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for giving this opportunity to read and review this book.
This book starts with Alice being sent to an asylum because of her stories of Wonderland which made her parents worried.
The doctor who was supposed to mak
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Rebecca
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything. As a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, I was so excited to read this book.

I knew from the reviews a lot of people felt it was redundant but as a lover of the Wonderland story and having seen Tim Burtons movie about Wonderland I found the story to be fun, intriguing and quite fanciful. It was everything I wanted it to be and more.

I loved seeing the story told from Alice's and the Queen of Hearts point of view and of course loved returning to Wonderland.
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Kay Williams
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland. Whether it be spin offs or the old fashioned story, she has always been my favorite. This twisted book was beautifully written and had me so engrossed I couldn’t stop turning the page. Normally I dislike character hopping, but H. J. did so well in entwining the two that I didn’t even notice it.

Ever Alice has a plot twist that you don’t even think about until it’s too late, and your heart goes for one last loop on the roller coaster that is this book. The c
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Ailyn
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of Alice Adaptations, this is so far one that is humorous yet sad at the same time. While the author tries to stay away from the darker themes that most Alice adaptations have, I respect that this version actually touches a lot of mental health issues.
If you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland, you might feel welcome with the return of age old characters and some new ones. A mixture of adventure and thriller, definitely does not disappoint.
Michelle Modesto
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a clever retelling. The writing is whimsical and fun. Highly recommended for those who want a new adventure in the Wonderland setting.
Rachel
*thank you to Netgalley,  H.J. Ramsay and Red Rogue Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2 stars.

I struggled with this. Really struggled to get through it which is why it took me so long to do so. It was from page one that the story just seemed odd and out of place. The first few pages of a book are ment to let you quietly sink into the story while the world you are entering starts to show itself like a sunrise. Or sometimes in the first pages you get thrown into the st
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Jemma Geary
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Oh. My. Word.
I've loved this book from start to finish. It has moments light humour, moments I found myself chuckling away to myself, moments where I cried and moments where I was utterly shocked. I love retellings of Alice in Wonderland and Ramsay's style gives this story exactly what it needs in exactly the right places- hits the balance between light and dark and blows the reader away. The writing is so lewis-esque that is just a
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Alissa Wooters
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
H. J. Ramsay’s story of Alice is creative and intriguing. Full of fun characters and great plot twists. Never quite sure what will happen next, Ever Alice will keep you wondering if Alice will make it out with her head.

I received a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.
Amy TheOriginalBookishDragon
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Ever Alice felt like a sequel to the original Alice in wonderland books. It was interesting to read perspectives of both the Queen of Hearts and Alice which was something I haven’t seen done before. I enjoyed reading about the somewhat bizarre customs of wonderland in Ever Alice and I loved the chaos of the court of the Queen of Hearts. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

I received this title on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A wonderfully absurd take on Wonderland.

Alice is scheduled to be lobotomized after being institutionalized for talking about her adventures in Wonderland.

The White Rabbit rescues her and the adventure starts as Alice is tasked with killing the Queen of Hearts.
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H.J. Ramsay has loved fantasy ever since she was a child. Growing up, she was influenced by movies like Legend, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth as well as books and short stories, such as The Collected Works of Brothers Grimm. She is drawn to fantasy with a darker side to its glittery world and the idea that things are never what they seem. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch Universit ...more

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