I’ve a little obsession with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll for as long as I can remember. So whenever there’s a series or a book that references this classic, you can be sure that I will enjoy it. However, they can be a little hard to find if you don’t know where to look.
I’ve found that the Young Adult genre is a good place to look at for Alice in Wonderland-inspired stories. Many authors have taken the Classic and put their own twist on it. Probably the most popular and well-loved new take on this is Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles series. Zombies you say? What a genius way of reinventing this world to make it more current and appealing to today’s readers! There are currently four books in the series right now with a touch of Romance running throughout. I think you’re a fan of Gena’s other books, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.
But if you’re looking for more Alice-inspired stories, try HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer. Instead of focusing on the events of what we already know, Meyer does her retelling of the events BEFORE. So essentially, this is her take on a prequel to Alice in Wonderland. This one is a bit lighter in tone (very fitting with the fairy tale theme) and you can also expect familiar faces such as the Chershire Cat, the Mad Hatter and even the Jabberwocky. In my opinion, Meyer is an expert at fairy tale retellings. Her Lunar Chronicles series is just as amazing and features various famous stories as well.
Both series have the core characteristics of Caroll’s work, but they have put their own spin on it, creating something brand new and unique. I think if you read and enjoyed the White Rabbit Chronicles, you’ll absolutely love Heartless as well. Give it a go and let me know what you think!
White Rabbit Chronicles series by Gena Showalter
Heartless series by Marissa Meyer
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