FOLLOW ELIZABETH DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE-AND MEET A WHOLE NEW ALICE.
Elizabeth, a twenty-four-year-old interior designer living in Brooklyn, New York, encounters a little more than mental static when she sits down for her morning meditation, feeling disconnected from herself and her reality. As she meditates, she forces herself to confront her inner demons head on-including the darker parts that she would rather keep hidden from others, like her boyfriend, Adam. Her inner conflict leads her down a rabbit hole that is far different from the one she remembers from her favorite childhood story. When Elizabeth reaches the bottom of the rabbit hole, she follows a shadowy figure in a familiar blue dress who taunts her and coaxes her deeper into Wonderland.
Unable to release herself from her meditation, Elizabeth chases Alice through Wonderland, guided by clues left by Alice, as well as the dark and strangely familiar characters she meets, like the Cheshire Cat, the Tweedle twins, and the Mad Hatter. In Wonderland, Elizabeth comes face to face with her inner light and darkness, and, finally, Alice-and discovers that Alice's secret might be what she has been searching for all along.
|Publisher:||Greenleaf Book Group, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved the twist and different look at alice in this book. I couldnt put it down
I love plays on familiar fairy tales. Alice in Wonderland is always a favorite. There are so many ways for an author to take liberties with the story and make it their own. That is exactly what Anna Patrick did, yet the original story is recognizable. Elizabeth is taking time before work to meditate and ends up down the rabbit hole. She chases Alice through Wonderland, meeting all of the expected Alice in Wonderland characters. Really, she is looking at herself. She is seeing herself and Wonderland through her own eyes but does not realize it. This is a story of finding one’s self, seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes, and learning how others perceive you. All of it told through Elizabeth’s journey into Wonderland. There were points where I skimmed paragraphs, the story seemed to drag. Don’t take that as that I did not enjoy the book. I did. I finished it two days ago and I am still thinking about it. I will be looking for more from Anna Patrick.
*I received a complimentary review copy, in exchange for an honest review of the book. Meditations in Wonderland by Anna Patrick follows Elizabeth who struggles looking herself in the mirror, not wanting to see the darkness in her soul. She takes ‘recreations drugs’ to deal with the anxiety, a blue pill and orange pill depending on how bad it is. Her boyfriend since high school doesn’t know this and she tries to just see the light in his eyes as her reflection. They get in a fight about her anxiety and when she goes to meditate and falls down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. There, she must find Alice and face the consequences of hiding from one’s self. This is an interesting take on finding one’s self. As she goes through Wonderland, she finds out different things about herself. There were still some things that were unanswered, like why her boyfriend has a raven tattoo. It sounded like she did something to him or did something that caused him pain, but I’m not sure as to what that was. It was also unclear why she couldn’t look at herself in the mirror in the first place, and how she came upon the pills with her friend that her boyfriend knows nothing about. The scenery of Wonderland was quite entertaining, playing off the original story but Patrick added her own little twists to it. I loved the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter was quite interesting as a character and was my favorite out of all of them (although, he always is). Patrick also did a good job with the characters of the original story and twisting them into her own creation. I wished we got to see even more characters, but those that were there were still quite interesting. For the ending, I wished it it ended a few pages early. I don’t want to give it away, but I just felt it could have ended a little bit earlier to get more of a dramatic effect. With the stuff that was added, I didn’t really have much interest in and felt like it didn’t really draw to a close with it. All in all, I give this novel a 4/5, as it captured my attention, as any Wonderland book should, and I was left wanting to fall down the rabbit hole myself. I wished I knew a little more about the main characters, but they were still very interesting.