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Wonderland Academy: Year One

(Wonderland Academy #1)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Welcome to Wonderland Academy. Don't lose your head.

Getting into Wonderland Academy is easy, if you meet the admission criteria.

You must be a little mad.
You must follow the white rabbit.
You must find the key to enter Wonderland.

If you can nail all three, you're in. The only exception? Wonderland Academy never accepts students named Alice. By order of the Queen of Hearts,
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Published August 27th 2019 by Clockpunk Press
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April M
I cannot wait to read the next book! I hope the same narrator does the next book. I really enjoyed the narrator of this book. She really added to the story. I loved how she did each different character. You could really feel the difference in personalities and it really brought the story to life.

To me the first few chapters are very important on if I will continue to read on or not. How the author starts the story, the attitude of the main character and how they introduce the other characters.
So this starts off a little dark, just a warning, but it's not the tone of the entire book or anything. It gets pretty awesome - or should I say wonderful? - after that, actually, what with Wonderland and all!

First things first: I. Called. It. (view spoiler)
Tonja Drecker
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel took a bit for me to sink into, but once I did, I didn't want to put it down and was sad when the last page hit.

Ever since Lacey witnessed her boyfriends death during a school shooting, she's been having a rough go at things. She's in the psych ward again, but this time she truly didn't try to commit suicide. Not that anyone really believes her. Just happy to get out and take another run at regular life her grandmother throws a surprise at her—a packed suitcase along with a ticket to
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am such a huge Melanie Karsak fan! Her books are adventurous and full of life! Her newest book sucked me in and didn’t let go til the very end! I can’t wait for more!
Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
This book started slow but really picked up once in Wonderland. Alice Lacey, who goes by her middle name, just got out of the mental hospital for attempted suicide. She is also hiding the fact that she having hallucinations of weirdly dressed people. Once home though she falls down the “rabbit hole” and ends up in Wonderland, specifically Wonderland Academy. She is confused but quickly realizes no one must know that her name is actually Alice, otherwise she might lose her head.

Karsak has create
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I feel like this book is a retelling with more of a modern day twist. There are triggers for school shootings and suicide. 

But in this one, she isn't in an inpatient mental facility because of a suicide attempt. At least, not this time. After her release, she is sent to a private, rather strange, academy that mimics Alice's Adventures. Her curiosity gets the best of her and is thrown into drama, friends, and even some magic. 

I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the mental health aspect of
Lene Blackthorn
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alice in Wonderland as you never knew it.
Granted, it has all the elements of the classics - evil queen of Hearts, invisible Cheshire cat, the Caterpillar, vivid colors, talking rabbits, pocket watches, potions to change your size, etc... But the essence, the story of our Alice, is a unique treat.
Lacey was unfortunate enough to be given the name of Alice, especially as her place is in Wonderland-a place where every Alice is beheaded. Hiding her identity, she starts studying magic and attend wei
Mona  Brown
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical Wonderland

This is not your typical Alice story. Once you start reading or listening to this you will be swept away and caught up in the mystery and intrigue surrounding it. I really enjoyed it this version and I promise that no fairies, rabbits or any other magical creatures had a hand with my decision to write this review 😉.

The narrator does an amazing job with the different characters. I really enjoyed listening to her.
Jeanette George
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderland Academy is an enchanting, dark story with plenty of whimsy. Lacey is whisked into a magical world where the truth is dangerous. This story is well written and had some Harry Potter vibes.

I enjoyed listening to this on Audible. Kristin James did a good job portraying Lacey.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Wonderland Academy: Year One
Author: Melanie Karsak
Publisher: Clockpunk Press
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Welcome to Wonderland Academy. Don't lose your head.

Getting into Wonderland Academy is easy, if you meet the admission criteria.

You must be a little mad.
You must follow the white rabbit.
You must find the key to enter Wonderland.

If you can nail all three, you're in. The only exception? Wonderland Academy never acc
Fly Girl Wickedcoolflight blogger
So most of you already know how much I dislike Alice in Wonderland stories. Usually when I find out it is a retelling of it, I put it down and move on. Not that Alice in Wonderland isn’t a great story, but it is just too complicated and too much symbolism for me sort through when I usually read to escape real life. Also, there is just something about the original that can’t be beat…Until NOW!!!

You ask, “how did you pick this one up then?” So I had been following Melanie for quite sometime and ac
Have Coffee Need Books
Just putting this out there--I am a huge Alice in Wonderland freak. I lurve Alice and everything Wonderland. I have copies of the books in other languages. I collect figurines. I have commissioned artwork.


Having this passion for the Lewis Carroll novels I either crazy love or absolutely loathe the treatment other authors give to the lore of this magical world. It’s easy to misinterpret the archetypes Carroll fashioned his characters causing the retelling to slaughter somethin
K Elise
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got to listen to this book at the courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review. It took me a little longer to get into this one, and it was an entertaining listen all around. Kristin James was an awesome narrator, she’s very talented, and definitely makes this worth one of your audible credits.

Melanie Karsak does a fabulous job of enveloping the reader/listener in the world of Wonderland, and everything definitely fits! It’s all pretty bonkers, with my favorite twist of typical stor
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x2019-challenge, arc
First things first (I'm the realest): I received an Advance Review Copy from the author; I'm reviewing said ARC of my own free will, without influence from tiny bottles reading "Drink Me" or impatient rabbits.

I ate this book like it was a little tea cake on a table full of kale. I tried to read slowly so that I could prolong finishing it; I forced myself to hide my kindle so I could at least space it out to two days. Much like cake, I loved this book! (Cake exception: carrot. No. But I'll lick t
Saundra Wright
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderland Academy isn’t just any college and Melanie Karsak isn’t just any author, both are exceptional! This is an exciting new trilogy in a Wonderland as imagined by no one else. Grab the first book and you’ll be hooked.

(Alice) Lacey Crane has been in the mental hospital for the past 3 days, involuntary commitment. It has really been an accident when she took too many pills, this time. But when you have a history, too many people just start to think you’re crazy. Even as Lacey is leaving the
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another book where the cover doesn't communicate the sophistication of the book and gives off the deceptive vibe of "yet another slightly trashy YA novel that is fun to read yet entirely forgettable"...because Wonderland Academy was anything but: it was an absolute delight to read, a diamond of a book that I could have easily devoured twice the length without blinking and still wanted more.

Sure, the underlying trope is familiar: girl finds out she has magical powers and is whisked away to attend
Ga Books LoverX
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will start this off by saying that I love everything Wonderland/Alice related and I am so impressed with this re-telling and how the premise is a spin off of an Academy and students are from the different sects. I freaking love the thought process behind the book and story line!

Lacey- real name Alice- has been through the ringer. Her boyfriend died in a tragic way and she has been taking up residence in a psych ward. She was not expecting when she got home to receive a letter that throws her s
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderland Academy is a fun, fresh retelling of Alice in Wonderland. If you're like me and tend to obsess over all things Alice, you'll want to grab a copy as soon as possible.

Lacey (aka Alice) is thrust into the world of Wonderland one fateful day and sent to learn at Wonderland Academy. Having no idea if she's going crazy or really living in this magical new world, she decides to roll with the punches and make the most of it. The only thing is, there are people in Wonderland who will do anythi
Star Bookworm
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An entire review can be found at In Pursuit of My Own Library

Let's start with some harsh truths.

1. I loved Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden, but I have struggled with her recent works.
2. This cover certainly proves the old mantra, "don't judge a book by its cover." I absolutely would not have ever picked this book off a shelf. It does not do this story justice. At all.
3. I am super leery of fairy tale retellings (especially super overdone ones like Alice in Wonderland) and am super pick
Elysian Fields
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, favorites
I don’t think I have ever read a story quite like this one. It is such a magical play on a traditional story that it never felt old or tired! The way the story is woven was fresh and enthralling! I did not want to put this down, but needed to at times because I felt myself getting a bit too excited, LOL.

This author as a way about her writing, it is addictive and playful; has snark and humor, yet always manages to blend (flawlessly) my childlike need for adventure and my adult need for wonderful
Michelle Fritz PA
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This isn't your typical Wonderland fairytale retelling, it's darker, more nightmare than any daydream!! The flashbacks are disturbing and dark and raw! This is reality, it's quite the emotional journey! This will take you to unpleasant places and push boundaries and you'll hold on tightly as this pulls you along. This Wonderland is filled with intrigue and lies. This academy places foe and friend beside you. In a world where being an Alice is an immediate death sentence, Lacey is in danger of lo ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will admit, I am an Alice fan. I have read a number of Wonderland stories, some good, some bad. This was a truly fun read. Karsak does a great job of paying tribute to the original while still making the story her own. With a place as well known as Wonderland, that's not easy.
Following this Alice, better know as Lacey, as she uncovers the secrets surrounding her and the political turmoil she has fallen into was thrilling. Every time Alice was in The History of Wonderland class all I could thin
Angel Leya
Sooo glad I had a storm day to gobble this book up. So much fun, so much whimsy, and even a Wonderland recipes, modified for us Overthere-ians. :D

Alice--call her Lacey--has an exclusive invite to Wonderland Academy. She's probably crazy. After all, she only just got released from a psych ward. But Wonderland, real or not, is a place where she can get a fresh start, where she can learn magic, where she can be someone important.

If she can keep her head, that is.

I love this modern continuation of
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Alice for the 21st Century. Makes me Believe in Impossible Things

Lacey (aka Alice) is in a world of trouble. She escapes the absolute of insanity of her own life and world to enter one that is both better and worse at the same time. And her name may be the death of her.

Melanie Karsak has updated a classic tale with everything it needs for a new generation. Teenage angst, new friendships, magic, fantastic beasts and solid mysteries of a true magic kingdom. A kingdom that is alive with talking

Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fantasy, ku
Do you ever get to the end of the book and let out a small shriek of annoyance at the cliffhanger ending even though you know that this is the first book in a series and this writer is a master at leaving you in the middle of the action? No? Just me then. The fact that I'm at work and everyone now thinks I should be a resident of Wonderland notwithstanding, this was a great first book. I love Alice in Wonderland! I love revisionist history! So I'm tiptoeing though the judgmental talking tulips a ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series by this author, and I really enjoyed it. Combining a magical academy story with Alice in Wonderland retelling, it's a fab concept, and the author has really put a lot of thought into every little detail - even the drinks and food are great! - and it makes it easy to feel like you are really there. I loved the story, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fairytale and classics retellings, magical academy stories, or is just looking for something ...more
Mandy Stump
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kathy L.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has become my new favorite Wonderland story!
Wonderland Academy is full of wonder, mischief, action, riddles, prophecies and mysteries. The characters are extraordinary and the story to die for!

Lacey has landed where all the mad people are. She is not sure why she ended up in a place that has only ever existed in a story book. There is a war brewing right under the surface and it seems she’s right in the middle of it. It seems staying under the radar will be a lot harder than she ever
Véronique Laplante Grenier
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderland Academy was really a great retelling of Alice in Wonderland.

Getting into the academy is quite easy.

You must be a little mad.
You must follow the white rabbit.
You must find the key to enter Wonderland.

The only exeption, is that the academy never let in anyone who's name is Alice by the order of the Queen of Hearts for she will lose her head.

So when Alice "Lacey" Crane is suddendly admit there with not a lot of explanation she must be extra careful that no one find her true name.

Only one
Sarah Crawford
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
So a girl whose first name is Alice gets into Wonderland Academy where any girl whose name is Alice will be killed. That's the first problem she has to deal with.

She is coming from a mental hospital where she was after he second suicide attempt so it seems she may have some problems other than just her first name.

Then there's various kingdoms in Wonderland, including one that isn't looked upon very nicely and, of course, the one that Alice may be tied to. Then there's something called the 'etern
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English a ...more

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“Wonderful. Mad at home and mad here. Was there nowhere that this Alice was truly sane?” 3 likes
“It figured. On the morning I'd been discharged from the psych ward, I was beginning to lose my mind.” 2 likes
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