A Blade So Black

A Blade So Black

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"This isn't the Wonderland you remember. The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she's ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head...literally. "--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Imprint, a part of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250153906
1250153905
Branch Call Number: YAF MCKINNEY, L.
Characteristics: 370 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Carroll, Lewis 1832-1898.

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JCLAndrewE Jun 19, 2019

Interesting Premise and twist to the old "Alice in Wonderland" tale but the motivations of the main characters were absurd to the point that I had to stop reading. I don't care if you're a teen, you don't end up nearly dead and in a days long coma caused by an evil force of nature who beat and mangled your body, then wake up only to go begging for forgiveness to your "best friend" for missing their birthday. It's contrived. I'm also tired of the "I'm a teen girl, and my main love interest is an ancient dude who just happens to look like a teen" trope. It was creepy in Twilight, and is still creepy now. Finally, the thing feels like a mild rip-off of Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars (though I can't say if holds out for the rest of the book), especially the use of the "Mad Hatter" character as a swashbuckling bodyguard type. I will say it was nice to see some multi-racial representation in literature, I just wish it had been in a better book.

JessicaGma Mar 27, 2019

I have to agree with the TEENREVIEWBOARD in that the story started off solid and was going places, but then fizzled. Kudos for the Alice retelling and the nods to the classic, but it just needed a touch more to be pure magic.

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Feb 07, 2019

When I first saw the book’s cover, I was stunned. It’s cool the author made sure to show an actual fully-black girl on the cover to depict the character- black representation really matters. Anyway, long story short, I bought the book then went home to read it. It started out pretty well, but plummeted almost entirely downhill afterwards. It claims to be a retelling of the Alice in Wonderland but it just seems like yet another Teen Fantasy novel. The story had the potential to be wholesome- it needed to be told by a different writer I suppose. At least there were some funny bits in it that gave me a few laughs. Well, that’s just my verdict- give the novel a read and develop yours! 2.5/5 Stars. @Bloop of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

arapahoeshirmeca Dec 10, 2018

A modern and urban extension of the Alice in Wonderland story. Allison is a street-wise teenager who has to deal with loss, coming of age, and the attempting to save the world while making curfew and not upsetting her momma.
Great storytelling and good action.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 11, 2018

An entertaining extension of the Alice in Wonderland world for teens. Good fun!

OPL_KrisC Apr 26, 2018

An Alice in Wonderland retelling with an urban twist.

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