Falling for Alice by Dawn Dalton, Denise Jaden, Shari Green, Kitty Keswick, and Cady Vance
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short Story (110 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
New Alice. New Wonderland. New stories to love. From the modern Alice dumped in the Aquarian Age of the late sixties, to the present day Alice, tormented by body image and emotional issues, to the Alice of the future, launched forward through time and space, FALLING FOR ALICE offers five fresh takes on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. For 150 years, people all over the world have fallen under Alice in Wonderland’s spell. Now, follow five Young Adult authors down the rabbit hole to discover Alice like you’ve never seen her before. One thing is certain-this is not your mother’s Alice.
Fairy tales aren’t just for little kids.
“Drunk” shows what happens to a girl who has lost something precious and irreplaceable. Ms. Dalton sketched out a main character who both intrigued and frightened me. It wasn’t apparent what was happening to her at first, but once I figured it out I couldn’t stop reading until I’d reached the end. This was by far the darkest story in the collection, and it is the main reason why I chose the age recommendation that I did.
“Alice at Woodstock” is about a musician who tumbles into some exceedingly odd circumstances. What I liked the most about this Alice was how much time the audience was given inside of her mind. Ms. Green made it easy to get to know this character incredibly well. With that being said, there were some pacing issues. So much time was spent on character development that the plot faltered in a few places.
Is there a pill to fix every problem? This is what the Alice in “White Rabbit Rx” needs to find out fast before she gains any more weight. At first I wasn’t sure where Ms.Jaden was going with the plot. The first few scenes were so vague that I couldn’t tell which clues were important, but once i figured out what was happening I was really curious to see how it would all end.
By far my favorite part of this collection was “Wormhole to Wonderland.” It’s set on a spaceship in the distant future and follows a woman who was conceived for a special, specific purpose. One of the things I like the most about Ms. Keswick’s writing style is how much meaning she can wring out of simple explanations and descriptions. This could have easily been expanded into a full-length novel, but it still worked incredibly well as its current length.
The first scene in “Wonder in the Stars” made me wonder why the main character and her boyfriend had decided to live on a space station temporarily. Ms. Vance’s answer to this question only made me want to know more, especially once she threw in a few twists and turns that I hadn’t anticipated ahead of time.
Falling for Alice should be read by anyone who is a fan of the original Alice in Wonderland.