Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Review: Insanity - The Mad in Wonderland Series


Her eyes are wide open. Her mouth is knitted into a grin. As if to conceal the truth she was about to speak. She is not the only one.

When a young girl is discovered dead on campus in the University of Oxford, Alice Wonder is called to lead the murder investigation. The girl's mouth has been knitted into a grin, like a Cheshire Cat, with a copy of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland in one hand.
But the problem isn't with the girl as much as with Alice Wonder herself.

After killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder has been admitted a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one ever doubted her insanity. But now a hookah-smoking professor by the name of Carter Pillar claims he needs her to solve the girl's murder.
What dark secrets is the girl in Oxford hiding?
Together they start decoding Lewis Carroll's paintings, photographs, only to confront a terrible enemy. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity blurs when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.

My Review

This is the first book in a five book series by Cameron Jace. This book is 247 pages long.

Insanity isn't just being mad... It is an art practiced by many, or at least that is what Jack Diamonds thinks. Alice Wonder murdered an entire busload of her friends and her boyfriend and then she was admitted to an asylum. All of the shock therapies take a toll and she forgets about her family and the reason she is in the asylum. Only after meeting Pillar the Killer does she realize her importance and the fact that countless lives are relying on the real Alice to show up and save them from the Cheshire. There have been countless murders committed by one of the Wonderland monsters, the Cheshire, and he wants revenge for the part humans played in the death of his family and countless other cats. The Cheshire wants his grin back and only with the help of Alice and her allies, can she save the world. She has a hard choice to make and it might just be her imagination playing tricks on her. Is this journey real? Who will Alice choose... The world or her friend?

This was a great book! I love this concept. This is Alice and Wonderland, but with many twists and turns that trap you in the book. I feel like I am actually part of the book. Cameron Jace is a great author and I hope to read more of his books, like Figment book 2 in the Mad in Wonderland Series. There was only mild cussing. The only problem I had with this book was confusion. There are so many twists and questions that in the end you just kind of feel lost. It's kind of like being in a never-ending maze. Some of it was cleared at the end, but then you are left with a bigger question... Is Alice just a mad girl or is she a true Wonderlander?

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