Five Star February: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The Looking Glass Wars
 Title:  The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)
 Author:  Frank Beddor
Summary  Alyss of Wonderland?
When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape the murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!
Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss’ story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions surrounding mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.


Why I Loved It: A new take on Alice in Wonderland one of my favorite stories.  And another retelling which when done well is a favorite.
Who would like this:  Alice fans with the ability to see it redone.
Favorite Quotes: “For most of the universe’s inhabitants, life is not all gummy wads and tarty tarts; it is a struggle against hardship, unfairness, corruption, abuse, and adversity in all its guises, where even to survive—let alone survive with dignity—is heroic. To soldier through the days in the wake of failure is the courageous act of many.”

“To rule benevolently, a queen should be able to enter into the feelings of those less fortunate than herself.”

“‘I tell you to think black thoughts and you come up with that?!” the lieutenant had screamed. “Is a guinea pig bad? Do you consider a guinea pig the representation of all that is evil?’
‘Maybe… if it’s an evil guinea pig.'”