Hello dear readers! This review was actually supposed to go up last night, but obviously did not and I have a good reason down below that I will touch on in my actual review. I’ll just quickly touch on the fact that this book surprised me in that I didn’t think that I would feel this way about it. I touched on the fact that Gregory Maguire was pretty much one of my auto buy authors and that I have loved many of his books, so the fact that I felt a certain way about this one really surprised me.
As always, you can view more about this book HERE. I grabbed this book as it was the monthly pick for a book club I belong to and of course, it is Gregory Maguire. I thought the idea for the story was intriguing and I was interested.
To be honest, I am not a fan of this book. I found it to be very unnecessarily wordy. I had a really hard time getting through the story to the end and I actually turned to my husband late in the day yesterday and said that I had 20 or so pages left and I was just having a really hard time finishing it! This is rare for me, especially for a book by this author. There were a total of three-four different storylines going through this book and I feel that that fact alone contributed to the overall length and wordiness of the novel.
One of the best things about Alice in Wonderland is how whimsical and wondrous the world is. It is fantasy at its finest and the world is always something I loved about the story (not to mention Alice herself). In this story I enjoyed Ada’s parts of the book as she brought her own unique views and adventures to Wonderland. I also enjoyed Lydia (Alice’s older sister) as she dealt with the “fallout” back in the present world. I feel that if the book stayed and followed these two storylines fully it would have been a much better read. However, Maguire tried to insert some current events of the time period as well as his own opinions and jabber of the time period. This is where I really had a tough time sticking through with the book and where I felt that the stories became a little wordy and the book started to lose its appeal for me.
The idea of the story, what happens after Alice goes down the hole to Wonderland, would have been fantastic, but I felt that this particular version fell flat for me. It doesn’t hinder my opinion of Gregory Maguire or change the fact that I will auto buy what he writes. Overall, I probably would not recommend this particular book of his.