Alice in the Country of Hearts, Volume 1

Alice in the Country of Hearts, Volume 1

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by Quinrose, Hoshino Soumei
     
 

Kidnapped by a handsome man with rabbit ears, Alice Liddell finds herself abandoned in an odd place called Wonderland and thrust into a "game," the rules of which she has yet to learn. Alice, ever the plucky tomboy, sets off to explore and get the lay of this strange land, intent on finding her rude kidnapper and giving him a piece of her mind (and her fist). But

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Kidnapped by a handsome man with rabbit ears, Alice Liddell finds herself abandoned in an odd place called Wonderland and thrust into a "game," the rules of which she has yet to learn. Alice, ever the plucky tomboy, sets off to explore and get the lay of this strange land, intent on finding her rude kidnapper and giving him a piece of her mind (and her fist). But little does she know that she's wandered right into the middle of a dangerous power struggle involving just about all of Wonderland's attractive, weapon-happy denizens. And the only way for Alice to return home is to get acquainted with the lot of them?! How in the world will she manage that and still manage to stay alive?!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781427817693
Publisher:
TOKYOPOP
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Series:
Alice in the Country of Hearts Series, #1
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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Alice in the Country of Hearts, Volume 1 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
neverendingshelf More than 1 year ago
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole again in the exciting new adventure... manga style. Alice in the Country of Hearts (Vol. 1) is an enticing mixture of the traditional Alice in Wonderland with a new twist. The tale begins with Alice awaking from a dream concerning a mysterious game. Upon telling her sister of the game, she believes that Alice's subconscious is eager for some entertainment, and hurries off to find some cards. Much like the original tale, Alice spies a white rabbit in the distance with a large clock. However, instead of following the white rabbit, it comes to her and explains that she is not following him as she should. To Alice's surprise, the rabbit turns into a man with white rabbit ears. He quickly grabs her and thrusts her into a large hole that has mysteriously appeared. And off to Wonderland we go... Once in Wonderland, Peter White (aka the white rabbit) explains to Alice that she must drink from a magic vial. Upon refusing, Peter forces Alice through a kiss. And thus the game begins... While not much is known about the game in the first volume, I have to say that I am intrigued. The main characters are still in here, but with a twist: The Mad Hatter is a Mafia Boss named Blood Dupre, Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum are the gatekeepers to Blood's home and territory, the Cheshire cat is Boris, a punk teenager with cat ears, and of course, Peter White, the man with rabbit ears who is madly in love with Alice. Actually, it seems that most of the male characters are in love with Alice. But to find out why.... you will have to read the manga. For me, this volume was a lot of fun. The manga was full of interesting twists while staying pretty true to the original tale. Alice is a wonderful main character. But I have to say that Blood was my favorite. He reminded me a lot of Gambit from X-Men, without the powers. In addition to the great characters, the drawings in the novel are top notch. They are beautiful to look at, and immerse the reader in this new world that QuinRose and Hoshino Soumei have created. I loved every second of this novel and cannot wait to go down the rabbit hole to discover more. Highly recommend for manga and Alice in Wonderland lovers. This is one that should not be missed.
Miyayu More than 1 year ago
I totally fell in love with this book, how everyone was introduced was very interesting. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who likes reverse harems or sexy bishies.
Bio_fan More than 1 year ago
When I saw this at the store, I immediately grabbed it! With all of this Alice in Wonderland hype that seems to be popular lately, thanks of course to Disney and Tim Burton, I thought it might be fun to read something inspired by Alice. And what's even cooler is it is in manga format!! I think it should be noted though that this was actually written two years ago so it even precedes all of the recent Alice hype, which is pretty cool. The story is obviously based on Lewis Carroll's classic tale but of course the author puts a characteristic manga spin on it. The plot starts the same way,with Alice out in her garden reading, but instead of running after the white rabbit of her own accord and falling down the hole, the rabbit actually kidnaps her and drags her into Wonderland with him! Apparently, he loves her! Oh and he is an actual person but sometimes appears as a rabbit. He makes her drink some medicine which starts "the game." The game can only end when she has explored all of Wonderland and met all of it's inhabitants and then she can return home. The story itself has some elements of mystery which keep the reader guessing. I think this is a nice touch. The Alice in this story is very unlike Carroll's original Alice. She is pretty headstrong but at the same time just an innocent teenage girl. She seems very nice at times but she isn't afraid to speak her mind. This comes in handy seeing as Wonderland is full of guys who are strangely attracted to her or just in love with her. Characters include all those inspired from the original but with the author's own funky twist: there are Tweedledee and dum, the Cheshire cat, the rabbit, the hatter, and the queen of hearts, to name a few. The locations are drawn from the original, as well, such as the heart palace and the spooky woods. Even though the author took all his inspiration from the classic story he has done a very good job adding his own style and twists to the story and the characters. There is no doubt that this story is fresh and original. I recommend it to all "Alice" and manga fans. Very fun read!! I can't wait to read the next ones...
LovelyOtaku More than 1 year ago
i instanly fell in love with heart no kuni no alice (alice in the country of hearts) when i first started reading it on onemanga.com. the plot and story are just awesome. i like what they did with tweedle dee and dum and the mad hatter.alice in the country of hearts is a story that grabs you in the begining and wont let go.
Alice-Night More than 1 year ago
This manga, Heart No Kuni no Alice (Alice in the country of hearts) just happens to be my favorite manga right after Loveless! I've been reading it on ManagaFox.com, but when i saw it here, i was just like,"...No...way...." And then i screamed. The characters are completely wonderful and charming, the storyline is thrilling and exciting, the art is beautiful and shows passion for the storyline. As a BIG fan of everything Wonderland (and also all things strange, unordinary, and manga) this is at the top of my list!
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MangaFlower More than 1 year ago
Great art and outfits for all the characters! Action that keeps you reading, and really good dialogue. Elliot March is my favorite!
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CherryChely More than 1 year ago
I'm very addicted to this and I highly recommend you buy this book! I love to read this over and over again! It's just too cute and awesome!
TreeTrunks More than 1 year ago
I absolutely am IN LOVE with this book. SOOO lucky that i always get gift cards to this store/site, as i get 2 spend them on these books. anyway, id reccomend this to anyone who loves alice in wonderland. I love the original book and movie, plus the new movie, plus these books. what can i say? im an alice in wonderland fanatic! this is a MUST-READ
AliceinChainsFanatic More than 1 year ago
Yes, I said it. This is better than the original Alice in Wonderland. Amazing art, awesome characters, and great dialouge.
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So far, I've personally read Vol. 2 and 3 because the B&N I go to did not have the first volume unfortunately but this book is very, VERY good! The tradition of Alice entering wonderland and meeting the queen of hearts and the other characters are there but it's in the famous manga style of course and instead of them being animals, most of them are in human form and everyone is so GORGOUES! (If you end up reading this, there's this blond hair guy name Elliot *sighs* hes so hot)I reccomend this to ANYONE who loves Alice in Wonderland! The 4th volume comes out soon so I'd get to reading this! Even though I haven't read this volume myself, I still like the fact that the story is enough to make fall in love with the characters as well as bring you back childhood memories and make you want to read this even more! :)
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JinJK More than 1 year ago
It is amazing book. It takes "Alice and Wonderland" in competely whole new level, and it makes you think, and wonder how its going to be later within the story. It keeps you wanna read, and know what will happen to the characters.
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Quinrose's version of Alice is fresh and new! The plot and characters are intriguing and keep you wanting to know more. "Alice in the Country of Hearts" or in its original Japanese title, "Heart no Kuni no Alice," takes a different approach to the original Lewis Carroll story of "Alice in Wonderland." However, this is not the Alice that readers of Carroll are familiar with, which presents us with an exciting new twist on the story. In Quinrose's story, Alice is kidnapped into Wonderland by a rabbit named Peter White who can change from a rabbit into a handsome man with bunny ears. Wonderland is divided up into four territories. The Clock Tower is neutral ground, but the other three areas (the Castle of Hearts, the Mafia mansion, and the Amusement Park) are at war with each other. As Alice explores her new world she encounters the potential love interests who live in each territory, including Blood Dupre (the Mad Hatter who is the head of Wonderland's mafia) and Elliot (the March Hare--a man with rabbit ears) who works for the mafia family, to Boris (the Cheshire cat--a man with cat ears and tail) who lives in the Amusement Park, to Ace (the knight of hearts) and Peter who live in Heart Castle and so on. The manga is based off of a Japanese otome game (a dating sim game in which the player chooses who Alice ends up with). However, the deep, dark, intricate underlying plot makes this more than a typical shojo comedy romance. There are secrets in this world that characters like Julius (the clock tower master) and Peter (the white rabbit) want to keep from Alice. Secrets about what "Wonderland" really is, how it really functions, and Alice's role in it, and also secrets about Alice and the sister she left behind in her own world. Wonderland is a place full of danger as characters do not value life, reasoning that they can easily be replaced (another secret), and thus pull guns out of thin air without care. Characters are unpredictable and often not as they first appear. Almost every character has a darker side or secrets they hide. This book has comedy, romance, mystery, and is also psychological. This book really keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I've read up to Vol. 4 in Japanese, and I'm still hooked. The only reason why I gave this sereies a 4 out of 5 (though the Japanese version deserves a 5/5) is because Tokyopop's translations get on my nerves because they are not quite true to Quinrose's original in Japanese. My problems with Tokyopop's translation: 1. They have Peter White rhyme, which he does not do in the Japanese verison. Perhaps Tokyopop is trying to make the story more Carroll-esque by doing so, but that ruins the fact that this is definitely NOT Carroll's work, but an original story. Peter's rhymes are extremely annoying and it ruins the image of his character by making him seem silly. 2. There is too much unneeded English/American slang used to "Americanize" the story which makes it feel awkward and not as formal or serious. 3. Dee and Dum do NOT call Alice "lady", but "onee-san" (big sister-> can be used for someone not related) in the Japanese version. By leaving out the Japanese honorifics, they leave out some of the meaning behind what Dee and Dum call her. It should not be forgotten that this IS a Japanese story and these things are important.
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I really like this series so far! I can't wait to read the next ones!
UniqueReader13 More than 1 year ago
I started reading the scanalations of Heart no Kuni no Alice on onemanga.com last October. At once I was hooked. My Quick Guide: Rated: PG-13 for mild violence and adult situations. Appeal: Mostly to girls (An independent, female lead and handsome men with lots of nice things to say) Boys (weapons and lots of show downs over what is right and wrong) Violence: mild. Some off panel/ stylized injuries. People are killed and die with blood splatter under them. Plot: Decent. Very funny at times, slightly startling at fights. Some bland dialogue but other parts really spark. Characters: Diverse and rich. Some are annoying or disturbing but average around PG. As you can tell this is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. The main character, Alice, is actually believable. When it comes to relationships she has confidence issues like normal girls but on her own is she strong, caring, indepedent and doesn't want to be rescued by others. She has a lot of compassion and hold life as a precious thing. She deals with the ludicrous obsticals she meets and adapts to Wonderland fairly well once she is forced to go there? Yes, you read correctly. She doesn't follow the rabbit on her own free will. Alice does not lose focus that Wonderland is just a twisted representation of what she is really like inside and she hates it. A place where everyone loves her and only her, full of cute things? She even comments that if this is what she is truely like then she is more pathetic and lonely then she gave herself credit for. Now the bad side. This manga is based on an otome game. For those who don't know, this basically means it's a game where the objective is to form a romantic relationship with one of the lead characters. Thus Alice in the Country of Heart is full of guys who say thing NO normal man would say or think. The translations can be a little simply at times and some of the dialogue is hard to read near the spine of the manga. The plot isn't "revolutionary" and you know that Alice is going to have to choice one of these guys to escape Wonderland. Back to the good. This is a great escape read and the writing has many qoutable and enjoyable exchanges (Although I thought the scanalation on onemanga was better done) and the characters are not one dimensional. Peter White, the white rabbit, is all hearts and rainbows one minute and a stone cold murder the next. This is true for most of the guys. This homicidal tendency is actually a good point. It saves this manga from a superficial romance manga and actually adds an element of danger and intrigue. The host of handsome men all have pasts and issues. Some of this issues surface to make these guys dangerous to Alice. I want to say more but I don't want to post spoilers. To be honest the level of romance in this manga is refreshingly low in the face of conflicts and a strong lead character. The main characters are all off beat and definately are not cookie cutters types. If you are familar with the genre of "harem" manga you can tell their "type" from the beginning, but they change. The artist style is great and something about how it was all put together really made me disregard any bad things and want to read more. So if you want a quick and enjoyable read with maniacs with bunny ears, a war with an amusement park, common objects turning into weapons, lots of handsome guys, tons of comedy, tea and some romance along the way, this is a great c