Title: Death of the Mad Hatter
Author: Sarah J. Pepper
Genres: YA, fantasy, romance
Release Date: November 29, 2013
The Jack prophesied: If the king loses his head, than 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?
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge for an honest review.
Sarah J. Pepper’s Death of the Mad Hatter is in genres that I don’t normally read – unless they somehow have paranormal or dystopia attached to them, but it was one of those books I picked up because of the name alone.
Was it worth it?
It sure was!
I actually haven’t read Alice in Wonderland, but I have watched the Disney classic often enough that I guess I have a rough of idea of how it goes down in the book. Pepper’s take on Wonderland and all the characters within it was refreshing and imaginative – which is something you need when going up against a strange story such as Alice in Wonderland.
Death of the Mad Hatter hinges around the following prophecy:
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.
Alice Mae is a bewitching character that I fell in love with immediately. She is strange and quirky and you are not entirely sure she’s trustworthy, so right from the start I am eager to find out the truth!
Riley, on the other hand, I found less identifiable. At times it feels like you are trapped inside the mind of a girl rather than the boy with a girl’s name with this character. Yet, by the end, the author has managed to get me involved in Riley’s story, so all I ask of you, the reader, is that you persevere with this character.
And I think this is a direct result of the dialogue between the characters in this book. Each time a character opened their mouth, I was drawn into their world completely. Sarah J. Pepper really is gifted at this task.
Overall I found this story mixed up, captivating and at times down right confusing – but that is EXACTLY as it should be with a book based half way between Earth and Wonderland!
I am giving Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper 4 out of 5 stars.
Character Interview with Alice Mae:
Hi Alice Mae, can you explain how you came to fall down a rabbit hole and end up in Wonderland?
Oh, well that’s a long twisted story! Truth be told, I was “stalking” a photographer friend of mine: Josh Wilcoxon of Wilcoxon Photography. He does a lot of fairy tale adaptations. This TRIAL shoot caught my eye. I just fell in love with the quirky Alice and immediately wanted to tell a story about the photography.
What is the difference between Wonderland and the Otherworld?
Not a lot actually: Pretend that the Otherworld (Earth) and Wonderland are sister-realms. Both were logical until Wonderland’s Laws of Physics had a little “hiccup” so that everything was no longer consistent. This causes the quirky, impossibly possible events to occur.
So, which do you prefer – Wonderland or the Otherworld?
I think I’d get motion sickness in Wonderland. I mean down is up and since up isn’t exactly down, but more off to the side wouldn’t you become nauseated?
Why do you think the Queen of Hearts so so darn cranky all the time?
Ooooh, this is a delightful little backstory in which I hope to write. The Queen of Hearts is a scorned woman who knows her doom in inevitable but refuses to accept it. People living in denial aren’t usually the most happy.
What’s the worst flavoured sweet your aunts have ever made?
Mint chocolate covered oranges.
What flavour do you wish they would make?
Reeses Peanut Butter Gum
Can you tell us about any upcoming adventures that may be occurring for you and the Wonderland gang that we have to look forward to?
Well, initially I meant for this novel to be a stand-a-lone, but have gotten so many requests that I write a sequel or prequel. So… without spoiling anything, I think it would be fun where the Mad Hatter and Alice Mae have more adventures in the magical world of Wonderland.
And, finally, just for fun, which would be prefer: To see smells or to hear colours?
Hear colours. I don’t think I’d like to see smells since I’m a gym rat, lol
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About the Author
I specialize in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?