For some reason, I find myself drawn to books that are different versions of classic stories. Crimes of Alice is a more adult version of Alice in Wonderland with a slightly different twist. The current setting takes place after she has already grown up, and she visited Wonderland the first time when she was a child.
Goodreads Description – Every story has a beginning. This one started with a girl named Alice. Lewis was everything my mother wanted for me. Respectable. Wealthy. Not too handsome. Utterly perfect in every way. Then why did I run on our wedding day?
Returning to Wonderland wasn’t my intention, but now I’m finding out those things I thought were a dream were real. And they are so much more dangerous and delicious than I remembered. Lost in Wonderland with the queen out for my head the last thing I’m worried about is getting back to my fiance and the inhabitants are doing their best to tempt me to stay.
To be completely honest, I don’t think I would recommend this book to everyone. There is graphic sexual content, and it was weird. I can handle some word porn, and I even prefer it sometimes (no shame), but the sexuality in this book just seemed a little too weird. I’m no prude, by any means; however, this just took it a little too far for my liking.
With that being saiddddd, I didn’t hate this book. I liked the premise of it, and it was definitely a unique telling to a classic story. I enjoyed reading most of it (graphic sexual scenes not included because I was extremely uncomfortable, lol). The author was able to describe the world in a way that I could visualize the scenery and the places. On the other hand, I didn’t feel much emotion while reading this book. My favorite kinds of books are the ones that give me all the feels, and this one fell short in that area. I didn’t get excited.
The characters were mediocre at best. It seems that so many characters were introduced to create a dynamic story line, but it didn’t portray that way. Even Alice was a little flat, and she is the main character. My opinion is that the author tried to include as many notable characters from the original Alice in Wonderland to make the story more nostalgic and exciting, but it was too much. She should have used less characters and made the more relatable and dynamic instead of cramming so many into one book. Quality is better than quantity in this case.
Despite this not being a book that I would consider a favorite, I liked it okay. It’s probably not one that I would try to read again because my head kind of hurt after I finished it. So many changes in scenery, character introductions, and drama. I mean how many times can this bitch get lost? Come on. It’s a little ridiculous that she has to get saved by someone else time after time after time. It gets old after a while.
Honestly, I would say read it if it sounds interesting to you, and you enjoy some graphic sex scenes in your novels. Otherwise, I’d say that you aren’t missing anything if you decide to skip this. I am aware that this is actually a prequel to a series, so I may check out the first book to see if it is any better. We’ll see. If you read this book, let me know what you thought about it or if you are interested in reading it!
Check out some of my other book reviews!