Blurb from Goodreads:
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Now let's begin with why this got such a low rating. I gave it only one star simply because I didn't finish the book. Disappointing I know. What started as a great and intriguing plot turned out to just be unappealing to me. I didn't like the darker retelling to Wonderland. I didn't like the creatures. I didn't like the characters, save for our main trio, but everyone else just seem unimportant and uninteresting to me. I didn't care about them.
I enjoyed reading about Jeb with Alyssa. I enjoyed reading about Morpheus. I loved the fact that Alyssa was desperate to save her mom from the mental hospital and to break the curse, but I just don't know...I couldn't totally get into it. I was bored and found myself just going through the motions. So even though I hate doing this, I decided to just set it down and give up. I will most likely not continue the series even though I have heard great things.But I think this is the right choice for me because it just does not feel like my type of book. Maybe because I wasn't a big Alice in Wonderland fan to begin with? I don't know, but at least I gave it a try. (: