May 24, 2015

| Review | Alice in Wonderland High by Rachel Shane

Happy Sunday!

This week has been so busy, I'm literally about to pass out. I've been trying to figure out ways on how to organize my bookshelves because of how many are coming in once or twice every few weeks. My bookshelves are slowly filling up and I don't want to just stack them off to the side.

But I finally managed to find the time to write up this review for an amazing Alice in Wonderland Retelling! If you guys haven't picked this up yet, I would highly suggest you do. If you aren't convinced, then scroll down and read my five star review! ;)

Title: Alice in Wonderland
Author: Rachel Shane
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Retelling
Release Date: April 18th, 2015
Publisher:  Merit Press

Sixteen-year-old Alice suppresses her need for rebellion after a petition to start a farmer’s market receives more snickers than signatures. That is until Whitney Lapin, a girl who speaks in cryptic riddles and spends her free time turning abandoned warehouses into beautiful gardens, leads her on a rabbit trail into the underground–aka secret society–of Wonderland High. Curiouser and curiouser.

Even though Whitney’s group of teenage environmental vigilantes operates on the wrong side of the law, Alice has never felt more free to be herself. Soon she stomps on her good girl image by completing a series of environmental pranks to impress them: flooding the school and disguising a pig as a baby in order to smuggle it out of a testing facility.

But the group refuses to help with the farmer’s market or reveal their hidden agenda. She wants to trust them, and she especially wants to trust (or maybe kiss) Chester Katz, a boy with a killer smile, a penchant for disappearing, and a secret that will really turn Alice‘s world backwards. When one group member tries to frame Alice for all the pranks, she must figure out their secret before she ends up in front of a jury that’s screaming, “Off with her head!”

“Alice in Wonderland High was a wonderful retelling! This book is fast paced and definitely a great read for the summer!”

When I received this book in the mail, (a huge thank you to the author and Merit Press!) I was an excited bookworm. I grew up with lots of Disney and classical books, so I was crossing my fingers, hoping I would love this book... and I did!

In this retelling, we come across Alice who is a sixteen year old girl that unfortunately just lost her parents to a car crash. Her parents were environmentalists and had hoped that Alice would continue on for them. 

Not wanting to fail her parents, she decides that she needs to keep her promise to them and tries to bring attention to the environment. But when Alice thinks that she has failed, she comes across a secret group of environmental vigilantes that just might let her into their little secrets...only if she can handle what they do.

Being that Rachel Shane is a debut author, she writes as if she's a seasoned author! Alice in Wonderland High has such a unique twist of a classical book and I didn't want to put it down for anything, not even for sleep! The writing style was enjoyable and fast paced, and Shane had a way of making every single detail precise, which made it easier to picture in my head. I also loved how she was able to throw in clues and hints from the magical world of Wonderland!

In most YA novels, we tend to see characters doing things that probably wouldn't happen in real life. But with our protagonist, I could easily see her as a person and not just a fictional character. She was strong, caring, smart, witty and didn't give up once things went south or when something was thrown her way, which I think a lot of readers will admire about her. Alice was such an entertaining and fun character to read about and I loved every bit of her!

Our love interest, Chester Katz, was definitely a swoon-worthy character. However, I couldn't connect with him on the same level as I did with Alice. I felt as if he was just a non important side character, when in fact he was Alice's boyfriend. I found his character to be interesting, but I think he needed a bit more of development. Nonetheless, I still loved reading about his character and I was happy with how everything turned out for him.

There were also a few secondary characters that I loved and I think my favorite would have to be Kingston Hatter. Not only do I love his name, but also his funny and sarcastic comments that had me either smiling or cracking up!

Last but not least, the romance. Can you say...ADORABLE?! It was so cute getting to see the chemistry fly between Chester and Alice, all I wanted to do was jump up and down. The romance in this book was another aspect that I loved and I just couldn't get enough of it. The author definitely did a great job in developing the romance to be as realistic as possible and not just an insta-love reaction.

Overall, Alice in Wonderland High was an amazing retelling and I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is interested in trying something new! This book will have you smiling, shaking your head, and laughing all at once. Definitely a must-read for the summer!

What do you guys think of retellings? Do you have any favorites? Will you be picking this one up? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading!


  1. I adore retellings as they give a classic tale a different story and it just excites me. As a huge Disney fan I might as well pick this book up because it is too hard to resist!
    Naomi @The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

  2. High five for retellings! :) I think that would have to be my top five favorite genres. Retellings are just such unique twists and I love it, haha! I do hope you pick it up and love it as much as I did! :)


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