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Publisher's Summary

In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the world of Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs as freely as secrets and blood.

Lovely Creature

In the New City lives a girl with a secret: Elizabeth can do magic. But someone knows her secret - someone who has a secret of his own. That secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly that was supposed to be gone forever, a butterfly that used to be called the Jabberwock....

Girl in Amber

Alice and Hatcher are just looking for a place to rest. Alice has been dreaming of a cottage by a lake and a field of wildflowers, but while walking blind in a snowstorm she stumbles into a house that only seems empty and abandoned....

When I First Came to Town

Hatcher wasn't always Hatcher. Once, he was a boy called Nicholas, and Nicholas fancied himself the best fighter in the Old City. No matter who fought him he always won. Then his boss tells him he's going to battle the fearsome Grinder, a man who never leaves his opponents alive....

The Mercy Seat

There is a place hidden in the mountains, where all the people hate and fear magic and Magicians. It is the Village of the Pure, and though Alice and Hatcher would do anything to avoid it, it lies directly in their path....

©2020 Christina Henry (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Mesmerizing…These somber, occasionally disturbing novellas offer a mature take on the children’s story but balance the horrors of the City with hope. Henry’s fans will be happy to return to this world, but readers need not be familiar with earlier installments to appreciate this twisted take on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale." (Publishers Weekly)

"Fans will delight in discovering the unknown family backgrounds and future fate of Alice and her wild and bloody Hatcher." (Booklist, starred review) 

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a great take on Alice

loved the continuation of the journey of Alice and her Hatcher. looking forward to the adventures of Elizabeth.

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A enjoyable book but with some issues

The "Looking Glass" was a much needed combination of novellas to fill in the gaps and post stories of Alice and Hatcher.

"Lovely Creature" was quite enjoyable story of Elizabeth and the continuing saga Alice's family. This was well done in similar style to the first book "Alice" without all of the violence. Christina should continue this story and develop it into its own series or at least a full book. We need to know what happens to Elizabeth. 5/5

"Girl in Amber" fills in the story right after Alice and Hatcher leave the White Queen's castle as they journey to find their little cottage by the lake. Oh, I was left wanting something better then what was there. It started off fine until Alice enters into the house...then it takes a plunge into a disconnected "parallel universe" where I am having flashbacks to the movie "Aliens" and the Queen birthing all of the eggs crossed over with a Japanese anime. I felt I was reading a sci-fi story and not one that belonged in the "Alice" series. The monster was "out of place" it didn't fit the story line. 3/5

"When I First Came to Town" fills in the back story to Hatcher. This redeems Christina and her novellas. The story was well written and engaging. It filled in that empty piece Hatcher's life, the time when he was simply Nicholas who was an "honorable" young man while living in the muck and mire of the Old City. And let us not forget the fall of "The Grinder". 5/5

"The Mercy Seat" continues after the "Girl in Amber" as Alice and Hatcher continue their journey through the mountains to find their cottage by the lake. They must pass through the "Village of the Pure" which deal with those who are "special" in a more barbaric manner than they do in the New City. 5/5

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Great Book

I have read the two previous books in this trilogy. This one was not as good as the previous two but still was a good read. I like this narrator she does a lovely job, with these characters.

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Absolutely lovey

Amazing individual adventures that tie Alice’s story together. It was so enjoyable to hear what happened after they left the city. I hope this is not the end, but if it is I also think it’s a lovey ending for her.

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Good, slow start

I enjoyed the story overall. The first few chapters I had a hard time paying attention but once the story gets into Hatchers backstory from there forward I was able to stay engaged through the rest of the book definitely worth the listen, looking forward to the next in the series.

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so much better than book two!

oh it was everything I wish book two had been. Hatcher's story was my favorite

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Interesting take on LC world

I loved this collection of stories. Really made me want to read the other Alice books. The 1st story was an interesting take on the emergence from an ""innocent' pampered childhood into the rude awakening of adolescence for girl children.

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A fun read

A good collection of short stories. 3/4 of them were great. I loved Hatcher’s backstory. The last story, The Mercy Chair, seemed phoned in and it has been done before. All that being said, Christina Henry does a great job with her vision of the characters from Wonderland.

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Alice in Wonderland for Grown-ups

Loved this whole series. It's a fun take on Alice in Wonderland. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens to Alice and Hatcher.

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  • 08-31-21

Fantastic, dark, creepy and magical read!!

Fantastic read. Taking on Alice in a darker side (I've read all the others) is a thrilling idea.
Thank you Christina. I hope to hear more from Alice soon!!

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  • 01-04-21

Left me unsatisfied and wanting more...

I've just finished this audio book having read Alice and the Red Queen previously. I can't say I am a huge fan of the books but I've enjoyed them enough to want to continue with them. I find at times things are too "wordy" it feels as if something is being explained by the character in several different ways for what seems several minutes. usually Alice's inner monologue. I struggled with the female narrator in this production and found the male section easier to follow. Having just done a bit more research I've realised (something which now seems obvious) that this is the 4 novellas and all it has done is left me wanting the story's to be finished. I was listening with the view to downloading the next installment for the stories to be finished. I imagine at some point there will be another release of short stories to do this ? I hope so. I am invested in new characters and stories lines now....

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