Review: Death of a Mad Hatter by Sarah J Pepper

The Jack prophesied: If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.

Heads would Roll…
Hearts would Break…
In the end, would it matter who Reigned?

"A world where the impossibilities of our most farfetched dreams come true--that was the essence of Wonderland."
Welcome to a new twist on the story of Alice in Wonderland.  I wasn't sure what to expect with this story, but what I got surpassed anything I could have imagined!  There are many takes and twists of this age-old classic.  One never knows what they will get into with any of them.
In this twisted version we get murder and deceit.  A story of a boy and a girl trying to overcome what is expected of them and their pasts.
Alice Mae... she is a prisoner of Wonderland and her past mistakes.  It is her job to lure the now deceased king's nephew to Wonderland for the Queen... The Queen, an evil ruler who wants to make sure her reign of Wonderland is secure.  Then we have Ryley... "every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a boy's name (or was it a boy with a Girl's name?) who'd end the Reign of Terror."... the heir to the throne of Wonderland.  
I couldn't put this book down.  I was sucked into the vortex of this complex, yet simple story.  I was a willing traveler between the realm of Wonderland and the Otherworld.  If you think this is a story that couldn't possibly be an emotional ride, you are wrong.  This story is not just about an evil queen wanting to be in complete control.  This is a story of a boy and girl building a relationship that could stand the test of time (literally).  It is about what one would give up to have that love people dream of.  It is about how far people will go to not only do the right thing, but to also right their wrongs.
I laughed and teared up throughout this book.  The characters are hard to not love.  The twists of the story are complex but easily followed.  The writing alone is wondrous.  Sarah J Pepper is a true genius and has a very good imaginative and unique writing style that gives this book some extra character!

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