A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Review by: Ivy
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A fun and fierce debut from one of the nicest authors you’ll ever meet (She was wearing a tiny top hat. What more can I say.) Alice herself is strong, while still living a realistic life and having relatable fears. Almost every aspect of the original Alice in Wonderland was thrown into the present, from the door mouse to the Jabberwocky. While this wasn’t the most “technical” fantasy novel, I really enjoyed the ridiculous, and arguably darker, take on Wonderland. The characters were the strongest part of the book, forming bonds quickly, their complex relationships adding another fascinatingly tangled web to the plot.
For Fans Of: Heartless by Marissa Meyer, Splintered by A. G. Howard, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- “Maybe it wasn’t the smart thing, but when you lose someone like that? They’re just gone? There’s this hole inside you you’d give anything to fill. You don’t think, you don’t plan, you just pour shit into it, anything that will fill it.”
- “A pain she knew all too well, of wanting to change what’s happened. Of trying to get past it and being unable to.”
- “Muchness… The part of you that believes in yourself, even when the rest of you doesn’t”