Ever Alice

Ever Alice

by H.J. Ramsay

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Overview

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 the Queen of Hearts. Only this time, she is under orders to take out the Queen. When love, scandal, and intrigue begin to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block.

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ISBN-13: 9780996923941
Publisher: Gold Man Review
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Ever Alice 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Fátima Figueira 12 days ago
Sadly my favorite thing in this book was the cover and the font they used on the chapters headings. The story is beautifully written and the characters are interesting but for me the fact that I felt that I had already read it was a big problem. I would be interested to read something original from the same author though. If you like retellings of classics, this is the story for you. I liked the fact that Alice starts in the "madhouse", as an older character with a lot more independence that comes from being more grown up.
sspea 13 days ago
"more than you can ever possibly count, times double, divided by half." The premise of this book grabbed me, and the story did not disappoint. So often I get excited for a book, build it up in my mind before I read it, dive in and am left disappointing and almost let down by the book, like I wanted better for it. This book delivered! Alice is home after her adventures in Wonderland. Unfortunately all this talk about the Queen of Hearts and the white rabbit has landed her in an asylum. Saved by the white rabbit, Alice is transported back to Wonderland where she finds herself on a dark adventure to save her head. It is difficult to build on or mimic such a famous story, to step into the massive shoes of Lewis Carroll, but I felt Ramsay did an excellent job.
AFCTL 16 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this work. I read this book extremely close to the deadline, I must admit. Ever Alice is the book I always thought I wanted, a sequel to my beloved Alice in Wonderland, especially since Wonderland has always been a source of amazement for me. Ever Alice is the closest book to Alice in Wonderland that I have ever read. This book was written so well! The characters, the world building, even the different and topsy-turvy sayings of the characters! I fell very in love with this book, and had to think through so many different scenarios in my head, because the characters never seem to do what they are supposed to! Sticking very close to the original story, H.J. Ramsay even remembered that Bess smelt of pepper! I did have two complaints though. As I always do, I am just insatiable, unfortunately! I was very confused by the plot at most times. Although we were given a general understanding of Alice’s commitment to the Aboveground organisation, I felt that this was more Rosamund’s story (The Queen of Hearts herself). We seemed to have a lot of time with Rosamund, and although it is very obviously stated that she is mad, I felt that the appearances of Thomas and Pedro were rather irrelevant or poorly explained rather than to show the fact that “look! I can prove she is mad!” It felt that the author wasn’t confident in her ability to present the character as ‘mad’. Secondly, (AND THIS IS PARAGRAPH IS FULL OF SPOILERS) the ending made absolutely no sense? Everyone in the Queendom had tried to kill the Queen, so that means that Alice isn’t going to be prosecuted? And Thomas, the ‘love interest who failed’ who was the Queen’s son, just apologized for accusing only her? And are they together now? Plus, we get a flash to Alice in the asylum post-surgery, so I am assuming we just read a book full of Alice’s delusions? I have so many problems with this ending. (BTW that’s the end of the SPOILERS) To summarise, I was reunited with one of my childhood favourites, however was left severely wanting near the end. I recommend this if you are good with open endings, but if you aren’t - like me - I would say that this version of Alice just isn’t for you, my friend.
Elle_Gutierrez 17 days ago
3.5* Thank you to NetGalley and Red Rogue Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are exclusively my own. This books follows Alice after the events of the original Alice in Wonderland story. You could say this is a reimagining of Alice Through the Looking Glass. I will try to be very vague because I don’t want to spoil anything, and with these imaginings/retellings I think it’s fun to discover everything for yourself. When Alice returns from Wonderland, she tells everyone who will listen (or even those who won’t) all about Wonderland. Her parents, after finally having had enough of this nonsense talk, take Alice to speak with numerous doctors to try and fix her. Unfortunately, nothing seems to work in shutting Alice up. As to be expected, her jabbering lands her in an insane asylum at age 15. A highly esteemed doctor thinks he has the cure for Alice’s madness. Alice misses her home and family terribly, so she decides to go through with the fairly new (and probably dangerous), new medical procedure. (From the looks of it, I inferred this procedure to be a lobotomy, but it’s never named) Although she expresses her doubts and asks for more time to think about the procedure, the nurses ignore her wishes and strap her down to the table. Thankfully, the white rabbit comes to her rescue and whisks her away to safety in Wonderland. However, Alice knows that this favor will not go unpaid, but Alice doesn’t know if she has the courage to pay this debt. The White Rabbit is asking her to murder. Murder the tyrannical Queen of Hearts. The story is told from Alice’s and Rosamund’s, Queen of Hearts, POV (third person). I thought it worked well especially getting to see the tyrannical mad mind of the Queen and possibly what was causing her madness. The beginning was a little slow, but it did start to pick up after the first third of the book. It was a little darker than I expected with all the beheading, mystery, and intrigue, but I felt it balanced out well with the whimsical quirky language and way of the Wonderland people. There were lots of times where I didn’t know where everything was leading to, and I had no idea who could be behind the acts. I was certainly hooked onto the mystery, and really could not put the book down at points. Although I did feel like the language and writing matched well with the original text, I felt there were some areas where I could tell the writer was trying too hard to be whimsical and wacky. It wasn’t often, but I did notice it. There were plenty of characters from the classic tale, which I always enjoy to see, but I wish we would have gone more in depth with some of them. I felt like they weren’t as explored as they could have been and were only mentioned for nostalgia sake. I did love the original characters that the author created though! Mary Lou and Mary Ann as the daughters the of Tweedles or Humpty Dumpty’s cousin Marco Polo! It was the little things that made me happy. The ending was kind of bizarre and i'm still not entirely sure I understood it completely. It made for a very eerie ending, which I wasn’t expecting. To be honest, I think the bizarre ending made me like it even more… I’m weird like that. Overall, I thought it was very well written in regards to the whimsical feel of the original, and the secret society mystery really captivated me and had me scratching my head for answers.
Amy Smith Carman 17 days ago
Title: Ever Alice Author: H. J. Ramsay Pages: 356 pages Release Date: August 1, 2019 Genre: Fiction, Fairytale Retelling Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone Stars: 3.5 People of Color?: N/A LGBTQ?: No Bechdel Test? (Depiction of Women): Yes Trigger Warning: Alice is often restrained and forced to do things against her will, such as medical procedures, as well as a prisoner in a mental hospital. She is also restrained and sentenced to death in Wonderland. I received a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Alice has grown up but not out of her insistence that Wonderland is real. She’s 15 and her parents are distressed that she continues to talk about Wonderland. It’s both odd and has embarrassed them. They seek help from a doctor who places her in a mental institution. It becomes difficult to tell what is real and what is in her head. The author does a good job in her depiction of Wonderland, especially the Red Queen. Alice is give a mission by the White Rabbit to kill the Queen in order to save Wonderland. Things get terribly complicated as Alice decides to live for herself rather than for her family or to satisfy her doctors. This complicates her mission. After arriving in Wonderland, the POV switches between the Red Queen and Alice. The last few chapters had several great twists that I did not see coming! Likes: Wonderland was well depicted! I liked some of the silly depiction of the Red Queen’s life as well. The end was also really interesting! Dislikes: The story moved rather slowly at some points. Although I liked the Red Queen, sometimes her chapters would not move the plot forward and sidetracked the story. Recommended for: I would definitely recommend this for YA and up!
SoSheTries 18 days ago
I absolutely love Alice in Wonderland, so I was super pumped to read Ever Alice. Alice is now 15 years old, and she's unfortunately been committed to an asylum because she keeps talking of the White Rabbit and the things she saw in Wonderland. And no one believes her. In fact, they think she's absolutely mad. Ever Alice switches between Alice's point of view and the Queen of Hearts' point of view. I noticed that the year, flower, etc header of each chapter was different and didn't make sense, but Wonderland doesn't make sense so I kind of skipped really paying attention to those after a while (except to note whose POV we were going to read in). I really felt for Alice. She's scared and confused and just wants to go home. And the doctors and nurses act as though they want to help her, but it doesn't seem like they do. She's so naive and just doesn't seem to understand why she can't go home and no one believes her about Wonderland. The Queen of Hearts, Rosamund, is an interesting character. She's paranoid about everyone and anyone plotting against her to take the throne. And she obviously believes she's the best thing ever since sliced bread. It was hard for her to ever think she wasn't liked. And then we have the Prince of Hearts. Also confusing. Their "romance" (and yes I'm putting it in quotes because really was it even anything?) was suuuper fast and out of nowhere. And he was just about as bad as Rosamund with his behavior. Wonderland itself is confusing as well as the character, but again, Wonderland is known for being confusing so this just adds to the story, I feel. The characters use opposite terminology (such as saying things are very unimportant when in fact it means it's very important), and so I found myself paying close attention to what was going on. Everything in this story feels like it happens so fast. One minute Alice is tumbling her way back into Wonderland, the next she's in the queen's service as a lady in waiting. That said, the cast of characters is as it should be for an Alice retelling, and Wonderland was deliciously confusing like I expected it to be. As an avid Alice in Wonderland I thought this was a neat take on this classic story. The ending though, I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's caused me to pause and wonder what I really just read. And that, to me, is the best because I love books that make me question things and think. I received this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
rodeorocks13 19 days ago
When I first saw Ever Alice and read the description I was really excited to check it out. I love Alice in Wonderland and thought a continuation from someone else's view would be interesting. I was right but only at first. The writing itself is very Lewis Carroll and the story starts out perfectly for an Alice in Wonderland theme. However, halfway through I found the story start to drag and filler was added. This novel could have easily been closer to 250 pages while keeping all the good parts of the story. While there were parts I didn't like, there are others I did. I loved how the author was able to bring the world to life in their own way and kept with the strange theme. The author added characters which helped make this a unique story. I also liked how there were back stories to original characters. Over all I'm mixed with this novel. I loved parts and others I could have done without. It took me longer to finish the story because I felt like I was being pulled out when it came to the slower parts. If you want a new Alice in Wonderland story and can focus through slower parts of a story then I recommend giving Ever Alice a try. I received an advanced copy through netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 20 days ago
I don't know why I keep trying to read reimaginings/"continuations" of the Alice in Wonderland stories. I'm inexplicably drawn to them, most likely because I so adore the originals, but am inevitably disappointed, and this was yet another case in point... I enjoyed it in the beginning. Asylum Alice is a popular choice in these types of stories, and I think the idea is an intriguing one - the original Wonderland experiences and their retellings would, in that era, have earned a child (especially a girl) a place in a madhouse. Ramsay did a commendable job with the setup here, with just enough malice surrounding Alice to keep things interesting. But then there was the Queen. sigh. She felt WAY over the top and overdone and the repetition of her madness made me want to shut the book. Which I ultimately did. Apparently before meeting Marilyn Monroe (I was ALMOST intrigued enough by other reviewers' comments about the oblique and confusing presence of this character to keep reading - but only almost). Regardless of my curiosity about bits of the story line - and there were things I found compelling, including the intra-kingdom politics and Alice's *real* experiences in the asylum and with her family and how they might all play out - I just couldn't find my way through this one. A rabbit hole is one thing; a black hole is quite another - and that's how I felt. Like I'd wandered into a morass that didn't have an exit. This one was just not for me... Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my review copy.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Ever Alice was a wonderful reimagining of Alice in Wonderland that builds off of the classic written by Lewis Carroll, and takes place years after the original story, when Alice is now 15 years old. Alice's family did not believe her stories about her original trip to Wonderland, and after visits with many different doctors, her tales eventually land her in an insane asylum (1800s style). When at the age of 15 Alice is told she may be able to get released, following an experimental procedure at another asylum, she agrees, but is rescued at the last moment by the White Rabbit, who takes her back to Wonderland on one condition - she must agree to kill the Red Queen. I thought this novel was SO well done. It includes all the flavors and original Wonderland ridiculousness of the original Alice, but with court intrigue, romance, scandal, and treachery involved - plus the continuing question of madness.
Anonymous 20 days ago
H.J Ramsay takes us back to Alice in Wonderland with this creative retelling of the tale. This was my first experience reading a Alice in Wonderland retelling. This book took a dark spin on the story as Alice, now 15, finds herself admitted to an asylum. Her parents think she has gone mad with her belief in Wonderland. Right before the doctors take a drastic measure and have her brain operated on, the White Rabbit rescues Alice and brings her back to Wonderland. Alice is being asked to kill the Queen! The story is told in alternating perspectives of both the Queen and Alice. Overall, I enjoyed this book but that ending has me feeling a bit off. Thank you to Netgalley and Red Rogue Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Hilzie 21 days ago
A curious, mad, delightful, twisted tale of girl named Alice. I love a crazy story about the mad children's story Alice in Wonderland, the darker the better. This definitely fits the bill. With notes of intrigue, murder, beheadings, madness, and smelly tea, there is plenty to love about this story that picks up with Alice in an insane asylum at the age of 15 due to her "Wonderland nonsense". Wonderland is not done with her yet, as the Queen of Hearts is mad and beheading everyone and they need Alice to kill her. But is Alice strong enough to do it or is she just as mad as the rest of them. This story as old and new friends, as well as enemies that will keep you on your mad little toes. **I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.**
Persephonereads 21 days ago
4.5 out of 5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Red Rogue Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Alice and Wonderland is one of my very favorite classics. I remember reading Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass over an over as a kid. Now that I am an adult I often seek out retellings because I find it fascinating to see what people kind of interesting takes authors will do with the story. I found this to be a fun, quirky tale of what happened to Alice after she returned from her adventures in Wonderland. Alice is fifteen and never stopped believing in Wonderland even though everyone thinks she has lost her mind. Her family is so worried that they continue to try and find treatments for Alice. Hoping against hope that she will forget her obsession with Wonderland. When Alice gets a chance to go back to Wonderland to help stop the Red Queen she agrees. Though she doesn't want to kill anyone she really wants to help and is willing to do whatever she can. I really enjoyed this. There was an almost off kilter feel to the book where everything thing feels slightly askew. If there was one complaint to be had it would be that though the story is about Alice she often feels like a supporting character to the story instead of the main character. That being said this was a fun read.
thegeekishbrunette 23 days ago
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Alice's tale of Wonderland put her in an asylum. She decides against an experiment and finds herself in Wonderland again with the White Rabbit. It's a whole new adventure and hopefully she can keep her head. I am a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland. I have read it multiple times and have multiple editions. Unfortunately, this book wasn't what I was expecting and not in a good way. The plot was an interesting take on what happens after for Alice. It was different than other retellings and I appreciate a new spin on it, especially with the added part about the asylum. Even with the unique additions this retelling had the plot felt slow. The writing was meant to resemble the original story but it just wasn't the same silliness I have grown to love. When it came to the characters, the original cast was present, some more than others. The Mad Hatter didn't feel like his unusual self in this which was really disappointing as he is one of my favorite characters. New characters were added but they lacked in depth for me. Overall, it was an original retelling but it lacked in certain areas where more details were needed. Although it wasn't for me, I still think that other Alice fans would love this interesting and unique retelling.
marongm8 23 days ago
This book was received as an ARC from Red Rogue Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I always love renditions of my favorite fairy tale Alice in Wonderland. This one however took kind of a dark twist where society has labeled Alice as insane and admitted her into an insane asylum. Her friend that helped her escape to Wonderland in the first place the White Rabbit escapes her again from the Asylum and she is ordered now in the Queen's court and ordered again to kill the Queen and reign as the new Queen of Wonderland. This out of all the renditions I have read in my career has to be my favorite because it had so much action and conflict that it became edge of your seat excitement and not want to be put down. We will consider adding this title to our YFantasy collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Anonymous 24 days ago
I love the classics with a twist books. The cover description alone would have made me pick this book. HJ Ramsey must have a very good time writing this book as it is most definitely a wild ride through the story line. Using the Wonderland we know and an Alice that we don't, Ramsey has created an excellent read.
AnnaR 24 days ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed and advanced copy of this book, received through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favourite stories, which is why I read any kind of story about her that falls into my hands. Although at first it was difficult for me to connect with this story, the darkness that surrounds Ever Alice is especially interesting. The narrative style is good, and the structure makes it easy to read, which encourages you to read and become more engaged in the story. The use of the typical lack of logic of Wonderland can result in confusing phrases for non-native readers in some occasions, but it is not an impossible challenge. The story begins with Alice in a rather precarious situation, an asylum from which the white rabbit rescues her just in time. However, once in Wonderland, she is involved in a plot to assassinate the Queen of Hearts and must integrate herself into her court, where she faces bizarre and surprising situations. The appearance of many of the traditional characters of Alice in Wonderland is also very enjoyable. It's nice to be able to see them again and 'know' how they have grown. It is especially interesting to be able to experience history from various points of view, including that of the queen. This makes the reader have a greater understanding of what happens in the minds of the characters and connect better with them, coming to understand what motivates their decisions. I really enjoyed the end, but there is not much that can be said without spoiling it for those who have not read it yet.
TPulyer 24 days ago
Ever Alice is poignant, though often-times whimsical, look at another journey that Alice must make. Now 15, Alice Liddell finds herself once again in Wonderland where things are just as nonsensical as they always were and the Queen just as volatile. Will Alice keep her head, or is this the final journey? What I liked: The novel stayed true to all the whimsey contained in the original by Lewis Carroll. The original story was full of charming nonsense in what characters said and ate in Wonderland, and Ever Alice maintains that same tone while accommodating an older Alice and a corresponding theme. A world full of opposites and buttered tea, disappearing cats, and talking animals somehow manage to explain her journey to young adulthood and self-awareness as well as the original illustrated a journey through childhood and self-identity. The journey Alice takes is the journey appropriate for a 15-year-old. In this retelling, Alice’s journey includes finding love, exploring the uncertain world of grays, and making adult decisions. Much the same journey that teens of all ages have gone through. Whereas Alice’s real-life has not provided her with a chance to experience these milestones, Wonderland is there to fill the void. The parallels between Alice and the Queen of Hearts is unexpected but is hinted about through much of the novel. The “off with their heads” queen of hearts and the ever-innocent Alice could not be more opposite but as the story progresses this changes in very subtle ways, at first, and more substantially by the end. I liked this about the book because it most accurately explains the theme and sets the novel apart from the original. The ending is conclusive. The novel is written as an actual conclusion to the Alice story. In a world full of series, it is refreshing to have a tale truly conclude. What I wish The character of Marilyn Montague had not been so obviously a Wonderland version of Marilyn Monroe. Since the book is set in Victorian England, as the original was, this reference to an American actress from the 1950s and ’60s stood out and bothered me. Though I loved what the character added to the story, I had a hard time getting past the fact that there was a discrepancy from the setting. The ending was so haunting, and I would have loved it to turn out differently. This story isn’t the original children’s book, and nothing helps that stand out as clearly as the haunting conclusion to the story. Though it fit for the theme and the story in general, I will be thinking about this story in a much different light and for a long time to come. To Read or Not to Read If you like a dark retelling of children's classics, you will love this book. It has all the essential elements of the original but is a journey more fitting of Alice’s current life stage. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
TooImpureNAngel 24 days ago
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.
Marta Cox 25 days ago
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 Rabbit will reappear and once again whisk her off to Wonderland ? The author takes the reader on an adventure that seemed to fit quite well within the original framework of Lewis Carrol’s acclaimed work. At once this is a beguiling story that is both dark and twisted whilst having eccentricity, oddities and even a touch of romance. Told primarily from two points of view we have the adventure that Alice goes on set amidst the downward spiral that Rosamund the Queen of Hearts is going through. Initially all the readers sympathy lies firmly with Alice as Rosamund clearly has stopped battling to hold on to sanity and her actions are truly heinous. However as the story drew to a close it appeared to this reader that Rosamund became much more self aware but alas I can say no more about the plot as it would ruin the surprises. The characters most famous from the original story appear with one or two new additions to add extra interest. I enjoyed the poetic license used as the plot unravelled and the most obvious question of what actually was real and what imagined was handled in superb style that made this very believable although perhaps a little distressing for some readers. Bottom line this expanded the original story and should appeal to fans of Alice . This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.