Blog Tour: Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay

Hi Blisses,

TITLE: Ever Alice
BY: H.J. Ramsay
GENRE/S: Fantasy, Retelling
PUBLICATION: August 1st 2019 by Red Rogue Press
NOTES:

Before I talk about the book, first I want to note that I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition and/or the BBNYA tours organised by the @The_WriteReads tours team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

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Now, let’s talk about Ever Alice…

BLURB

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.

REVIEW

I am a new fan of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. I’ve read the original book when I was young and thought it was fine but it was never a book that’s memorable or remarkable to me, until I listened to an audiobook version of the story last year. It was also the first time I’ve ever listened to an audiobook. It turns out that listening to the story makes it more atmospheric and just perfect. I highly suggest that if you’re not a fan of either audiobooks or Alice in Wonderland, try listening to it, you might experience what I had.

That said, now I’m ona hunt for retellings of this classic children story, so when Ellie (ReadToRamble) posted about this tour, I grabbed the chance. I was so excited and after reading the book, I have the right to be because I loved it. I’ve always wondered about Alice’s life after visiting wonderland. How did she tell it to the people in her life? Did she even tell anyone? But most importantly, I was curious about how she coped internally about the fact that she visited a place that is both wonderful and weird and where nothing makes sense. I mean, personally, I think I’ll have a hard time convincing myself that the experience was real. Especially if everyone around me is telling me otherwise. And that blisses is why I enjoyed this book so much.

Ever Alice is a sequel that I’ve been waiting for since I read the original. If the original story left me questions, this sequel has given me answers and more. It digs deeper to the psychological aspect of the story. Originally, the psychological aspect is an important element in Wonderland, because, well, everything doesn’t make sense there. It’s obvious that most things and creatures there are mad, but Alice’s psychological state is rarely talked about. It is implied that there must be something wrong with Alice’s mind but no retelling had ever tackled it as the main plot point.

I loved the first part of this book as it features Alice in an asylum and she deals with the fact that no one believes her adventure. And I love that she persisted on her own. I think this part is a brilliant take on this classic story.

The second part with Alice going back to Wonderland gave me some nostalgic feeling. The author definitely captured the same vibe that the original has. Everything and everyone was weird. There are recurring characters as well, which is nice and there are new ones too, such as the Prince of Hearts. But aside from him, I won’t tell another name of any character to avoid spoiler. It would be better if you discover yourself if your favorite character from the original is in this retelling.

Aside from tackling the psychological aspect of the story, another brilliant part of this retelling is the dual POV. I really enjoyed reading the Queen of Hearts POV, in fact I think I enjoyed it more than Alice’s. It’s because sometimes, I found Alice bland and just letting the flow. You’ll see it when you read it. But on the Queen’s POV, I get to see Wonderland in another perspective, in another light. The Queen of Heart is also a well-written character. It was shown that in her perspective, she is always right.

Plot-wise, I think all the elements are good. I love the intrigues and secrets and plots.But sometimes, I had this feeling that the first part and second half are disconnected from each other. It’s like two books that were combined. Personally, I don’t find this an issue since I still enjoy the book as a whole.

There is a romance in this book but I found a bit forced. I could do without it, to be honest. And that says a lot because I prefer my books to have a bit of romance no matter what the main genre is. I love romance.

RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies

Overall, for me this is a decent retelling of Alice in Wonderland. This book is definitely in my list to recommend when someone asks me for a Wonderland retelling.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

H.J. Ramsay has loved fantasy ever since she was a child. Growing up, she was influenced by movies like Legend, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth as well as books and short stories, such as The Collected Works of Brothers Grimm. She is drawn to fantasy with a darker side to its glittery world and the idea that things are never what they seem. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles and teaches writing classes at her local community college. Ever Alice is her first published novel.


Again, I read and reviewed this for a blog tour but all opinions are my own, unbiased and honest. Also, don’t forget to learn more about BBNYA. Refer to the links I’ve shared in the beginning of this post.

Have you read this book? Or planning to? What do you think of it? Let’s chat.

4 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay

  1. I love anything doing with Wonderland! The fact that this story explores Alice’s life after her adventures as a child makes it even more interesting. Great review!

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