Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 7, 2012
Let me say right off…go get this while it is still free on all the major book stores sites! Links above.
I started this series after Sophia Rose posted a review of the fifth book, Hook’s Pan, last month. A fairytale series based on the bad boys? Oh, count me in. So I grabbed up Her Mad Hatter free and started giving Marie Hall my attention, undivided. How could I resist since I was looking up Alice in Wonderland costumes for my daughters solo dance anyway. Both of these got me in the mood to read all about the Mad Hatter and his Alice.
Alice Hu has always been kind of the outcast in the family full of lawyers and doctors. But at a young age she had cancer and swears the Mad Hatter saved her. Thinking her crazy, her family threatens to commit her, so she does the only logical thing: to say it wasn’t so and to immerse herself in all things Alice. Years later she has now opened her own bakery, Mad Hatter’s Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe, with her best friend. The last customer of the day is kind of weird, but sets into motion the meeting of this Alice with the Mad Hatter.
The bad boys of fairytales have a limited time to find their loves, and it all starts with the Mad Hatter. Their fairy godmother now must match them up one by one starting with the Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter has been slowly going insane as each new Alice he meets doesn’t seem to be the right Alice and are rejected by Wonderland. Wonderland is Mad Hatter. Dying a little each new day, he is at the end of caring as his mind slowly slips into insanity.
When a new Alice (Alice Hu) is taken to Wonderland, Mad Hatter can’t accept another Alice that looks so much like the last one. As Wonderland continues to not accept her, he continues to go mad. Alice is continually confused. She has met the Mad Hatter before, but he doesn’t seem to remember her. She is awed and amazed with Wonderland, but wants to return home part time for her bakery.
In the end fate takes matters in their own hands for these two lovers. While I loved the entire story, I really wish we could have spent more time with these two when the Mad Hatter was sane. It ended kind of abruptly and I am not sure if we get more of these two the further the series delves. Now that is not to say the sex was bad, it really was balls to the walls hot in the seat pants. Does that make any sense? Well, I would take a little Mad Hatter if offered. I really wanted to build the world up more and delve into the characters. Unfortunately it was too short to really build up the story more than it was. I am hoping the second book does a better job with this.
So while I loved the Mad Hatter and Alice, I wanted more. The world building was colorful and amazing to watch. The secondary characters were brushed against for the sake of time. But Wonderland will continue to amaze me with all its wonders!
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