Death of the Mad Hatter

Death of the Mad Hatter

by Sarah J. Pepper


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ISBN-13: 9781304683953
Publication date: 12/08/2013
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Death of the Mad Hatter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
bethany_farwell More than 1 year ago
I adored Death of the Mad Hatter. Alice in Wonderland is one of my absolute favorite stories and now I’ve come to read the adaptations of the stories. I’ve always been kinda leery to read the adaptations, for I feared it would ruin my perception of Alice in Wonderland. However, Sarah Pepper’s novel was my first adaptation and I have to say that I’m more than completely satisfied. I loved the fact that this story was nothing like the storyline in Wonderland. I truly enjoyed the twists and turns as well as the characters. I loved that most of the characters stayed the same and were true to Wonderland, but still had that eerie twist.  "A world where the impossibilities of our most farfetched dreams come true--that was the essence of Wonderland." The characters were completely amazing. Alice Mae was true to herself, but completely different at the same time. She was strong, independent and loyal. She could travel between the real world realm and Wonderland, but needed the secret candies to keep her sanity in the real world realm. Ryley was obviously my favorite, I instantly fell in love with him and I loved the connection between him and Alice Mae. I liked that he had a mysterious past to everyone except for Alice, and her strange Aunts.  “Up wasn’t up, but down was up…and off to the side in a slightly twisted manner. I was falling down (or up?) a rabbit hole.”  Hearts was still the evil master who loved to say “Off with their heads!” and there is a devious back story behind how Hearts became the Queen was perfect. I’ve forever been in love with Cheshire Cat, since the original Wonderland by Disney. I loved his loyalty and the fact that he is always a spy. I loved how in this novel Cheshire was Chez, and that he was orange. The fact that he was orange brought back memories of when I had my cat Milo, he was an orange tabby and I absolutely adored him. It didn’t help that my favorite colors are pink / purple. I really liked how the Joker had an alternative role in this novel. The prophetic undertone was crazy good, too. I loved how the story progressed and grew upon itself. Although I was a bit confused at the beginning, I quickly recovered. I wasn’t quite sure if I was supposed to be confused, because it’s Wonderland… or if I wasn’t understanding the beginning. I really got the feels with this novel. I mean I really went from ecstatic to devastated. Then at some points I was just utterly pissed off and upset. However, I was enthralled with the connection between Ryley and Alice. The devious plots were fantastic, and I thought that Sarah Pepper wrote this phenomenally.  I’m such a sucker for a dual POV. I love that you get to see into both sides of the characters, how they are feeling and how they react to the situations differently. I feel like every issue that went on was resolved in a beautiful way. I was super upset towards the end, but I’m glad everything worked out the way it did. I don’t think I would have liked it any other way. The witty banter between Ryley and Alice Mae was charming, along with how they hated and loved each other so fiercely at the same time. I won’t lie, this reminded me of my husband and I… and the song by Pink called True Love. The honesty behind the relationship that revealed the flaws between the characters was definitely a fresh interpretation for any novel, let alone Wonderland.  I loved this story, and I believe that Sarah did an amazing work of art with a twist from a classic. Honestly, I think I liked this version better than the original. I’ll always love Wonderland, and I think that now I’ll be more open to adaptations, even though I’m not sure any will be able to compare to this novel. The research and original thought put into this was beyond my expectations. I’m so glad that I got the chance to read this and I want to seriously thank Sarah writing this wonderful story. I suggest that anyone who is in love with Wonderland like I am, you’ll definitely enjoy this fantastic take on such an amazing classic. I can’t wait to read more works from Ms. Pepper!  Oh, and I absolutely love the cover of this novel! As well as the depth in detail between not only the cover and the story, but the lasting impressions that I now have of Alice Mae. It truly made this novel stand apart from the classic Wonderland. 
Syreeta-Kuddleygal More than 1 year ago
Lets start with this colorful and beautiful cover! A young blond lady with a cute little hat. Her eye make-up is something else, It is super cool with these feather like lashes and beautiful hues of  purples and blues as eye-shadow, completing the look off with the small heart lip in blue of course. It made me want to know, who she was, and why on earth was this her style.  So I must admit, that when the author, Sarah J. Pepper contacted me and sent me the synopsis of the book, I loved it, however, I had a fear because I have NEVER read Alice in Wonderland (yes... you read that correctly), I've never read the books, or seen any movies. The closest reference I have is the TV show 'Once Upon A Time' where Mad Hatter is on there. So with that being said, I am reading this book as is with no Alice reference. I LOVED THIS BOOK! What a cute story about a girl and a boy with amazing twists and turns. We meet a young lady named Alice Mae and a young man named Ryley Edward Edgers. Ryley is minding his own business attending his high school classes, being a jock, when in walks Alice Mae. The new girl with LOADS of secrets and her eyes on Ryley.  Alice Mae is mysterious, she is not the average teen-aged girl, with her spunky look, riddle talk and an unsafe candy habit. Oh and a love for stuffed bunnies. She leaves Ryley intrigued.  Ryley has his own skeletons in the closet, and it seems that Alice Mae's arrival has begun to allow Ryley's closet to open.. but why? Alice Mae is more than meets the eye.  The author Sarah J. Pepper did a wonderful job with a love/hate feeling for all her characters. Even giving the supporting characters such a strong personality, that makes the reader wanting to know more about each of them. Pepper made the read seamless with different point-of-views, which I personally love. This book left me with my mouth open amazed. Pepper really gave a great ending. I don't know how the original story went, I was nervous about reading this book because of not knowing the classic book. The beauty of Pepper is that she made this book a standalone, the reader does not need to know the classic to enjoy this book over and over again. Pepper has me wanting to read Alice in Wonderland really bad now. This book is by far a... Blazing Hot - Could Not Put It Down book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great book!!
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
Death of the Mad Hatter is absolutely magnificent! The story begins with a retelling of past events, an ‘accidental’ beheading of the the king. Wonderland has now been transformed into an ultimate ‘Reign of Terror’ under the Queen’s rule. The Queen invests a great deal of emphasis on the prophecies that are foreseen by Jack and the Joker. The Joker is well-known throughout Wonderland as being purely sadistic and violent in every aspect of the Queen’s court. His method of play is demented and life threatening to those who must face him; however, his role is to assist the Queen with maintaining her reign and power. When Alice Mae falls down a rabbit hole, chasing a rumperbabbit, she is taken to the Waiting Room which leads her into Wonderland. Thankfully, the Mad Hatter is the one who finds her and deems her his next apprentice in candy making…amongst other things. Nothing will ever be the same in Wonderland again. Once the prophecies consume the Queen’s heart, she must find the one who shall end her ‘Reign of Terror’. She must find the girl with the boy’s name…or is it the boy with the girl’s name? When Alice Mae is indebted to the Queen for her betrayal, the Queen moves to strike at the second prophecy, the HATed fool will die twice. But…how does someone die twice? And…what must be done to make the impossible…possible? I really enjoyed reading Alice Mae’s character. She is colorful, interesting, deceiving and attractive. When she arrives at Ryley’s school for the first time, she has answers that he has been searching out for a long time. Her strength, her strange appearance and odd behavior are Wonderful assets to her when it comes to getting what she wants from the Otherworlders, like Ryley. I also enjoyed the Joker’s character. He tortured Alice Mae for her betraying, using unconventional methods and weaponry like making her dance until her feet bled. Even though he is primarily someone who readers should not like, he really emphasizes the good vs evil tactic altogether, pretty well. I recommend this story to everyone! Since Death of the Mad Hatter goes back and forth between Ryley and Alice Mae’s point of view, it is targeted to both gender audiences. This is one of the books within the author’s Twisted Fairytale Confessions series, along with Snow White Lies and Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged. I rate this book with five stars because this author is truly talented. Her creativity is raw and original and her ability to twist fairytale stories into another type of story is amazing.
Julie_C More than 1 year ago
I loved the twist on an old fairy tale.
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Berls More than 1 year ago
Surprised Me! My Initial Reaction...  Death of a Mad Hatter surprised me! I'm not a big Wonderland fan, but I was told that I just HAD to read it and I'm really glad I did. The characters were fantastic and Wonderland had just enough to entertain without overwhelming those of us who aren't die hard Wonderland fans.  The Characters...  I can't express how much I loved Alice Mae, sometimes called Al so that she would be a girl with a boy's name. See there's this prophecy and part of it had to be fulfilled by a girl with a boy's name and ta-da, Alice Mae gets renamed. She's a really great character - very multifaceted. When I first met her I thought, "man, this girl's nuts" but I quickly grew to like her quirky personality. Quirky's the word too - see that cover? That's Alice Mae - you see some weirdness and some fierceness all bundled up in that picture and it totally nails her. The story is told only half from her point of view, but I loved getting to see how she got into her current situation and the marvelous way that she's so conflicted and confused about things. And with that prophecy you totally understand why... I'd be messed up too.  The other half is told from the point of view of Ryley - the boy with a girl's name. And yep, that's significant too. And yes, because of a prophecy. Prophecies play a big part in Death of the Mad Hatter, but in a marvelous, you want to figure out what's going to happen way, not in a man that prophecy is annoying way (you've read those books too, right? not just me?). Anyway, Ryley was an okay character. He was well-written, but seriously got on my nerves. He's so all over the place with his feelings and the way he acted toward several of the girls - including Alice Mae - really annoyed me because it was just WRONG. Sometimes the reasons worked for me, but most the time it made him just not very likeable (for me). And yet, I found myself totally swept away with his and Alice Mae's relationship - I WANTED them together, I liked them as a couple and I liked him better when he wasn't fighting his feelings for her.  The Story...  I think for any fairy tale retelling you're looking for the ways that the author took the original story and made it their own. In a fairy tale retelling I expect:  1. References to the original the make me go, "Oh! I recognize that!" and maybe get a little giddy 2. Details that a die-hard fan of the original will appreciate, but won't bog down someone who just vaguely knows the story 3. Inventive reinterpretation through a totally original story and characters Let me start with #3 - because with a retelling it seems that's the hardest to achieve. Death of the Mad Hatter totally did that for me. With the exception of some really key, gotta have 'em elements, this was totally original. You did not go into this story knowing what to expect. I didn't know what to expect ever quite frankly - I was always guessing.  #2 - I honestly can't say for sure on this one because I'm not a die hard fan, and yet I feel like some elements were familiar and yet I didn't have a clue what they referred to. So I'm guessing those are the elements a die-hard would get giddy over. But I can say, I was never ever bogged down. I never felt like not knowing Wonderland really well was a handicap, because this world worked on it's own without any necessary love for or knowledge of Wonderland.  #1 - It totally had the Mad Hatter (duh!), Red Queen, Playing Cards, White Rabbit, etc. It was all there and yet they were fresh and new.  Concluding Sentiments...  So yeah - I loved this retelling and definitely recommend it. I also have to say - without spoiling - that I loved this ending. It was a really good fit for Wonderland. And I'll leave it at that!
Kiribear13 More than 1 year ago
Raging torment between love and self perseverance I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited to read this book, as it was about Wonderland and I am always intrigued by Wonderland stories. The Death of the Mad Hatter is written by Sarah J. Pepper. The book revolves around a prophecy given by the Jack: "If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading." I loved the opening of this book, at first I thought that my Kindle was acting up but then I realized I was reading it correctly, it opens with a nice bit of lunacy, that has you already feeling the Wonderland effect on the story. Sarah did a great job of adding her own twist onto the characters and paying attention to a lot of little details. I was loving the lunacy and brilliance in the attention to the clothes that Alice Mae wore and especially her nail polish. I loved the concept of the rabbit holes and the candy, and I felt like I could picture a lot of the world of Wonderland. The main characters were well described and came to life, but I wish I could have seen more of some of the ancillary characters. It would be awesome to see a prequel story to delve more into the lives of some of the Wonderland characters and get to know them better. The feelings are well described and the the raging torment between love and self perseverance comes through to the reader very well. I have read some negativity about the shifting views between Alice and Ryley and I personally loved being able to see things from the different perspectives. I also loved the flash backs to Wonderland to slowly unfold how things got to be where they are now. The thing that really stood out to me to take away from this being a really stand alone novel was a lot of the high-school aspect. The petty high school drama and immature conversations and bickering really distracted from the story. I would have rather seen a lot more of Wonderland and had a lot less of high-school drama. I also found that there were a few major questions that really never felt filled in, again I feel like with a prequel book being written it could really fill in the background better, or even if this was a 2 part book. Overall I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars, and would love to read more of the Wonderland that Sarah has brought to life, and get to know more of the Wonderland characters more. If you are into Wonderland, or Fairy tales, fantastical, and loony, fiction, young adult and struggle, this book is for you.
Cat2002116 More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review). (This review may contain spoilers). Alice in Wonderland has always intrigued me, partly because it's generated so many spin-offs. And also because of the other-world plot. I found this book to be a really entertaining read, though I still really don't like the constant switching between two different first person characters. It wasn't as bad as some books (I was able to tell who was who), but it's a style choice I struggle with reading. I felt this was a really good twist on the usual Alice in Wonderland story. The usually recognisable characters were darker than normal and a bit more... mad, I suppose. The flashbacks were a bit interesting, but I felt they might have worked better if the book was in two parts/had a prologue. I felt a lot of the main characters were well-developed, though very few of them were likable. I was a bit disappointed to see Chez as a villain, but that's probably because I really love cats. I'm not sure what it says about me that I was actually able to understand a lot of the madness running rampant in this book. Love and hate being upside down came across really well, but I felt that Wonderland seemed more like a dream world than a truly parallel one - at least at times. I would have liked to know a bit more about the Mad Hatter. The Joker was a really sadistic character who made me shudder every time he appeared. The candies angle was quite an interesting one. I found this book to be really well-written, though I think I need to take a bit of a break from insanity now. I would be interested in reading more books by this author in the future, though.
LinkzillaMom More than 1 year ago
Steampunk-y Wonderland adventure! Who isn't fascinated by Alice in Wonderland? Who hasn't fantasized that they could escape into Wonderland and meet the hookah-toting caterpillar? The very premise of this story captivated me from the start, but the storytelling is what did me in. Author Sarah Pepper keeps a whimsical tone throughout the story and adds details that make the characters come alive in the most peculiar ways. Love this book, and I am now a devotee of Sarah Pepper!
MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J Pepper 5 out of 5 Stars! Is 5 stars really the limit??? I petition that we raise this limit to 10 stars!!!!! Wait.... Better yet, A HUNDRED STARS!!!! This shall be the first 100*** book to add to that list!!!!!  As the title suggests, Wonderland and the Otherworld are the vividly painted and achingly beautiful locations for this wondrous tale of love and woe. Alice Mae (don't mess up and call her Alice) and Ryley have an unconventional, um, relationship. She's very quirky and considered to be highly eccentric at her new school. He is an athlete with a love for physics and has spent a lifetime jumping from town to town to pacify his father's deep-seeded paranoia that someone is after him and his only offspring. If only they knew how right he was..... Down the rabbit hole we go!!!!!! The infamously evil Red Queen of Hearts (or simply Hearts for short) reigns in Wonderland, striking fear in every creature of the land, big and small. Can Alice Mae, Ryley, and the Mad Hatter stop time from ticking and end the reign of Terror? Your heart will ache, you will cry, you will laugh, and you will want to (if not actually) yell "Off with her head!!!!" more than once before you reach the end of this magical tale. Or at least I did!!! Pepper has the most eloquent writing style and uses such a broad vocabulary that you will IMMEDIATELY become entranced with the beauty of this adventure and beg for more!!  A split perspective is something that takes finesse to successfully write but Pepper does a wonderful job of showing both Alice Mae and Ryley's POV as well as offering the most thorough backstory I have ever read.  **Honest review given in exchange for a complimentary copy of the book**  Meagan, My Secret Book Spot
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
I received an e-Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review I have to admit, I was a little trepidatious going into DEATH OF THE MAD HATTER. Obviously, we were going to visit Wonderland…but death? And it comes to my favorite Hatter? Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Was Hatter evil? Was there something else entirely afoot? I knew as soon as I saw the title that I was going to have to find out. What I got was a terrific new embodiment of Wonderland…and all the characters…with just the perfect amount of madness thrown in! The story opens with the Queen of Hearts doing what she always does best…being evil. But this time there is a prophecy; one that predicts an end to her reign of terror and points to a girl…or perhaps a boy…in true Wonderland style the prophecy is twisty-turny and could mean so many different things. From there the story focuses on the two main characters, Alice Mae and Ryley (the girl and boy in question) while it weaves a curiouser and curiouser tale about love, sacrifice, and destiny. The majority of DEATH OF THE MAD HATTER is told in alternating POV from Alice Mae and Ryley while also moving back and forth from Wonderland to the mortal realm. Pepper did a terrific job in channeling both main characters, from Alice Mae’s quirky madness to Ryley’s faults and determination to do what is right. The changing POV allowed you to really get to know both of them. As you can imagine from the title, death does come for Hatter. But even that has twists that put my Hatter loving heart at ease. I have to give kudos to Pepper’s prophecies (yes there are more than one). They are wonderfully written and slowly make more and more sense as the story progresses. As a whole, DEATH OF THE MAD HATTER is an exciting trip down the darker side of the rabbit hole. The pace is quick and the characters are engaging. There are a few editing issues, but not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story. If you’re looking for a fun, unique take on this classic tale, then make sure to grab it today!
PiecesofWhimsy More than 1 year ago
A Kooky, Dark, Wonderland-esque Read! When I started this book, for about the first quarter or so, I felt engaged with the story but I wasn't totally invested. The story and characters were good but I wasn't emotionally involved with it all. After I got past that first quarter (at about 10/11 o'clock at night) I could not put the book down, which severely impeded my ability to sleep, not that I minded of course! This book had a very wonder-esque feel to it and I loved the kooky oddness of the Wonderland world. This book really captured the silly nonsense of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland but Death of the Mad Hatter had more structure and was more relatable than its earlier counterpart. It also had some super, sweet, sexy romance, which was very much to my liking! The characters in this book were fantastic and even though they didn't get major screen- err.. page time, I really loved MH and Robby. I also thoroughly enjoyed Alice Mae and Ryley and I really liked watching them grow as characters into themselves and the roles they needed to play. All the evil guys and gals were done perfectly, there was never a moment I didn't love to hate them! The only really sad thing was that Chez was such a meany, but Rutherford - sorry! - Mr. Ruth, certainly made up for the lack of animal kindness! This book was so wacky that half the time I didn't know what was going, at least for a minute or two, but luckily most of the characters were as confused as I was which mad me feel a whole lot less silly! This book had the right amount of crazy that any Wonderland retelling needs and I adored it! Everything from the wacky prophecies, to Alice Mae's crazy make-up, I loved and couldn't get enough of the superb and splendiferous weirdness! *I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Alice in Wonderland has been rewritten and revised by well-known authors, and Indie authors, and in Death of the Mad Hatter Sarah J Pepper endeavors to impress her own personality on the story. Death of the Mad Hatter begins with a death, and a prophecy, " every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy's name (or was it a boy with a Girl's name?) who'd end the Reign of Terror." The story is told in the first person but the narrative shifts by titled chapters between Ryley and Alice-Mae. Ryley is the reader's supposed voice of reason in the novel, a high school student, hoping for a baseball scholarship, who lives with his mum in the small town of Rockingham. Alice-Mae's best friend is Mr Ruth, the Rumberbabbit. She wears mismatched clothes, colorful makeup and is constantly eating candy; she knows secrets about Ryley's life he has kept hidden, but he cannot deny his growing attraction towards her. Yet, Alice-Mae is a Wonderlander, working for the Queen of Hearts and this could be a dangerous end for them both. Sarah J Pepper creates colourful characters, who have more depth to them than the originals; the evil of the Queen, Jack and Chez is palpable and frightening, whilst Alice-Mae is a dichotomy of both crazy clever and sweetness. The relationship between Ryley and Alice-Mae is developed beautifully, the time they spend together an interlude from the madness of the story's other events. Sadly, we do not meet my favorite Alice in Wonderland character in this novel; as the title suggests the plot takes place after his death, but despite this I really Sarah J Pepper's revision of this traditional tale, feeling she has worked hard to distinguish her book amongst its competitors. Definitely one to read.
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WitchingHourReads More than 1 year ago
Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper Scheduled to be released on November 29, 2013 Where do I start, I loved Death of the Mad Hatter, really, really loved it, but then I do love fairy tale retellings. This book has it all, adventure, danger, mystery, love, oh and did I mention it all starts with a prophesy! I was drawn into the world that Sarah J. Pepper created in Death of a Mad Hatter from the start, I did not want to put it down. Her characters Alice Mae, Ryley the depraved queen, (is the nicest word I could use to describe her) the Mad Hatter are beautifully written, it was such an enjoyable pleasure to read. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loved the original, you will not be disappointed. I received this book from the author for an honest review.
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Death of the Mad Hatter is the first work of author Sarah J. Pepper’s that I have read and being a book outside of my “norm” I was excited to give it a try.  This is a retelling of sorts of Alice in Wonderland but with a new spin on it.  Sometimes it pays to step outside of the typical reading box…this was one of those times. High school senior Ryley Edgar was looking forward to getting out of high school and this small town.  He and his mom have move around a ton growing up trying to outrun the rumors of his father’s mental illness.  They had stayed in this town longer than any of the others and he was happy that no one had found out about his dad yet.  What Riley doesn’t know is that his dad isn’t exactly mentally ill.  Instead, his father had ties to Wonderland, a place Ryley unknowingly also has ties to.  A magical and twisted world that Ryley would soon learn a whole lot more about courtesy of the new student in school, Alice Mae. Working, reluctantly, for The Queen of Hearts, Alice Mae’s mission is to find the heir to the Wonderland throne….and ultimately send him to his death.  All because the Queen had her husband killed and she wasn’t technically in line to rule.  Oh, and there’s the little problem of the Jack’s prophesy.  The problem arises when, somewhere in the middle of her mission, Alice Mae falls in love with Ryley….and he falls in love with her. Between the Queen, the prophesy, two different realms and the emotional turmoil it seems like the odds are stacked against Alice Mae and Ryley.  But, like all things in Wonderland, nothing is as it seems and almost anything is possible. I will admit that this book took a little bit of time to really get in to but when it finally clicked, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see what was happening next.  The characters in this story range from evil and merciless to confusing and mischievous and at times innocently sweet.  I thought the love aspect between Ryley and Alice Mae was a fantastic addition to the story and was cheering for things to work out between them from the first few chapters.  They had a real love/hate thing going for the first half of the book that only added to the layers of story.  The end chapters had me on the edge of my seat wondering and hoping that things would work out for them and they can find their own Wonderland version of a happy ending….because, after all, anything is possible in Wonderland. Overall this was an enjoyable, magical story with loads of twists and turns.  If you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland and taking a trip down the rabbit hole, then by all means this is a book for you! Thank you, Sarah, for giving us Alice Mae, Ryley and their story!
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
An enchanting tale that will have you thinking about it long after you turn the last page. This story has everything intrigue, adventure, romance, and life lessons that you will carry with you forever. While this story has elements of the old “Alice in Wonderland” it is far different with a theme all its own. The story deals with many different issues that we all face in life, but especially forgiveness. I really liked how the story showed that you must work hard for your happily ever after and that even though things don't always turn out the way you planned, love is always worth it. Alice Mae is no wilting violet. She is strong, determined, and most definitely a fighter. I loved her spirit and seeing how she was able to grow as a person throughout the story. She is by no means perfect and makes mistakes, but she tries her best to make things right. Ryley is no prince charming, but he loves with all his heart. He is an interesting and complicated character that I loved figuring out. The romance was also nicely done and not too over the top. What I liked most about Ryley and Alice is that they saw each others faults and still loved each other. This is an moving and provocative story that you won't want to miss!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
You definitely have to be able to appreciate a unique style of writing to truly enjoy this story. It took a little while to get used to it, but in the end I was thoroughly entertained. I thought the plot was well thought out, and along with the characters, fit seamlessly with the original world of Wonderland. They were all more than touch nutty, and made no sense most of the time. But– that fit with the story created, and was mostly to be expected. There were a few comments by the teenagers in the story that were a little hard to swallow as coming from a teen, but nothing too extraordinary. Ryley is one-of-a-kind, the athletic popular kid mixed with the nerd who loves physics. After meeting Alice Mae, he slowly but surely falls for her, even with her outlandish Wonderland quirks. The storyline of the prophecies was an interesting take, and one I enjoyed seeing play out to the end. Overall, this is a neat take on the timeless Alice in Wonderland story. If you enjoyed the original, take the time to try this out. Rating: 4 HEAT Rating: none Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More
winterstar5 More than 1 year ago
Sarah J. Pepper is an author that is one to watch. When she asked me about reviewing more of her books I jumped at the chance. Her works tend to be very intriguing. She writes about complicated issues, gives them a unique twist, and shares truths. As she says, Prince Charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper doesn't always fit. But, love is real. Forgiveness is real. These are intrinsic truths, and Sarah's writings explore those truths. And lets face it, romance stories are fun. We all want to love and be loved. Add in a paranormal twist, and the possibilities are limitless. Can love redeem a lost soul? (Yes! Read Sarah's book Fallen Tears. Read the New Testament.) Part of that love redeeming comes from something called forgiveness. That's a big theme I see in Death of a Mad Hatter, as well as in Fallen Tears. In Death of the Mad Hatter, Ryley asks Alice Mae what she wants. Alice Mae answers, "Free will." pg. 152 Alice Mae feels trapped by past decisions into her current actions. Isn't that was sin does to us? It traps us. Ryley's love helps Alice Mae start to heal, and to learn to forgive herself. And Ryley makes his own mistakes along the way, but as Alice Mae saw, "There was a weight to his gaze that held little meaning to anyone else but me. He acted like he could see my diseased soul, my bleeding heart, and my broken mind. He knew about the not-so-good-parts of me, and loved me anyway."