C&C REVIEW: Alice by Christina Henry (2016)

Alice by Christina Henry

Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2016
Length: 325
Author: Goodreads

Purchase on Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads: In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

This review is part of my new feature Curiouser & Curiouser Reviews where I review books based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
To learn more about this feature, click here!

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top 5 wednesday: favourite literary fathers

Fatherhood is a challenge. And when it comes to books, some fathers are just plain terrible. This week’s Top 5 Wednesday post focuses on my Favourite Literary Fathers in order to celebrate Father’s Day this coming weekend. While I want to talk about some superb examples of fatherhood in books, it’s equally as fun to talk about the terrible fathers, so I’m going to do a little mix of both.

I admit it was a bit of a challenge to think of my top 5 favourite fathers since it’s so much easier to think of examples of mothers in literature that I love. I wonder why that is? Underrepresentation of the struggle of fatherhood? Who knows. But despite this, I’m pretty pleased with this list as I believe all of these characters deserve to be celebrated for many different reasons and not just for the role they played in their children’s lives (for better or worse).

So without further ado, here are my Top 5 Favourite Literary Fathers!

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

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New Monthly Feature: Curiouser & Curiouser Reviews

So it’s pretty obvious that I love Alice in Wonderland.

But when it comes to literature, I’m a bit of an Alice purist. Nothing’s ever as good as the original, right? So I typically avoid reading any books based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. But I haven’t been as critical of other media based on the source material. I love Disney’s animated remake from 1951 and I’m a sucker for American McGee’s dark recreation of the story in the Alice video games. But I’ve steered clear of any written retellings. I didn’t see the point.

However, that isn’t totally fair, is it? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story that really does have really good (and really bad) potential for retelling. There are so many ways to interpret the story, whether it truly is ‘nonsense’ or if it has some sort of deeper meaning. Taking the base of the story, whether it’s Alice herself or just the concept of a whimsical dream world, and turning it into something brand new not only sounds like a unique challenge but also a super fun one.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award (2.0!)

I’ve been super MIA for the last month and I apologise! I have super exciting things happening right now that I can’t wait to share with everyone soon! In the meantime, I’m hoping to get back into the swing of blogging more regularly for June (starting with my new review for Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel). One of the things on my blogger ‘to do list’ is to complete the tags some of my favorite bloggers have been so kind to include me in. So a big shoutout to both Reader Voracious and This Dark Material for tagging me in The Sunshine Blogger Award! Be sure to check out their amazing book blogs and give them a follow!


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

I’m going to be super brave and attempt to answer both Reader Voracious and This Dark Material’s questions in this post. I don’t want to pick between the two so I might as well answer them all! Here we go!

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REVIEW: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Publisher: Picador
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2014
Length: 339
Author: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Purchase on Amazon

Synopsis via GoodreadsAn audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains – this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

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