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?
I’m going to start off by saying that this book isn’t normally something that I would read. However, I was intrigued by the synopsis. I’m actually glad that I read this book. This is Alice in Wonderland gone totally dark. There were many twists and turns and I honestly did not know where the author was going to take this story.
There are several prophecies that the characters, Alice and Ryley, play a part in. Only, Ryley has no clue about Wonderland or his role in said prophecies. Ryley is just a normal high school guy. He plays baseball and chases girls. He is really smart, which I liked, and plans to use his baseball skill to pursue his real dream, Physics. Alice is quite the character. She isn’t the sweet innocent girl like in the Disney movie. She is dark, twisted, and haunted. She is still full of mischief, but it is a deceitful mischief.
I really enjoyed this dark take on Wonderland. There really isn’t too much I can say without telling the story, and I feel you need to read it yourself to get the impact of it. The author has a vivid imagination, and she pulls you right into her story. She is able to describe scenes and senses to make you feel like you are there. She is truly an AWESOME storyteller. I will definitely be reading more works by Sarah J. Pepper.
“Words escape me in the presence of your beauty.”
She pretended to be mad. She even put her hands on her hips and scowled, which made her more attractive. There was no denying Alice Mae’s magnificence. She could compete with models in natural beauty, but it wouldn’t be a competition when considering her quirky personality. She wasn’t definable. She was complicated. She had so many different levels, uncharted territory, to her. She was a mystery, and I wanted to spend all eternity trying to solve her, if I wasn’t fighting with her.
Obviously I couldn’t say that. No one ever wants something (or someone) if it’s too easy to take. So I added, “You’re even more attractive when you pout.”
“I’m not pouting,” she insisted, even though her bottom lip stuck out enough for me to struggle to keep my thoughts straight.
“Then tell me what word you’d use to describe what you’re doing to me,” I said, stepping closer to the only girl in the world who could pull off wearing a combination wrestler’s and football player’s uniform and be so damn provocative.
“I’m just being playful.” The look in her eyes was anything but innocent.
“Playful?” I closed the distance between us. “I think you need to check out a thesaurus from the library because playful isn’t the word I’d use.”
I pressed my finger against her shoulder pads. I traced my finger down until it fell off the pads. The spandex wrestling uniform accentuated the perfect formed lines of her stomach. I let my finger drift lower until I traced her hip that protruded slightly.
“What word would you use?”
“Inviting.” I lifted her chin. I bent forward so my nose traced her cheek. “You are being rather inviting.” With my other hand, I tugged on the thin spandex that covered her stomach. “And I want to accept your invitation.”
“Ryley, I’m not the kind of a girl who just sends out all sorts of invitations without...”
“You’re not the kind of girl who falls in love?”
She pulled away. “It would be tragic if I fell in love.”
I let my hands fall by my side. “Would it be tragic to fall in love, period—or just with me?”
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?
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