By Erin Bedford
Reviewed by SA
It’s self published Saturday! The day we look at amazing books by Indie authors and get you hyped up about them! Today, we’re going to take a look at Chasing Rabbits, a fresh new take on Alice in Wonderland that might possibly become your new favorite series. It could also be considered creative genius.
Alice was wrong – Wonderland wasn’t so wonderful after all.
Kat never expected to be back in her hometown, but when house sitting turns into a mad rabbit chase, Kat finds herself with a whole new set of problems.
A two-headed bird with a Game of Thrones obsession, a party full of tea addicts, and a Cheshire Cat who could seduce the pants off her grandma? And if the citizens weren’t bad enough their prince was off his rocker.
This wasn’t your run of the mill Wonderland. This was the Fae world, where rules are rules, and some things are exactly as they seem.
First act of genius? Combining Fae lore with the insanity of Wonderland. It’s the perfect fit. The end result is a novel that you can’t possibly put down, and you are sure not going to forget. I’ve read many retellings of Alice’s story, and this one is the best by far: possibly because it doesn’t center around Alice at all.
Our protagonist is Kat, a smart, headstrong, independent young woman who finds herself falling headfirst down the rabbit hole. Confronted with the reality that she’s not in her own world anymore, she’s determined to find a way home. But getting out of this weird Wonderland isn’t as simple as how she got in, so she must navigate a whole slew of dangers, face off against insane characters, make new friends, and hopefully not lose herself…
You’re going to get hooked on these characters. Each one has such real personality, a complex depth you don’t usually see in this genre. You meet all of your favorites from the ‘original’ alice, but seen under a new light. The caterpillar probably endured the greatest transformation of all, and came completely out of left field. It’s completely unexpected. Chess, the character inspired by the cheshire cat, who might just be my personal favorite, gets a huge part to play and I really hope he’ll be back in the next installment.
I personally was blown away by the worldbuilding. I mean, this Wonderland makes so much sense, even with the humorous aspects. Actually, especially with the humorous aspects. The author somehow managed to make the quirks become an integral part of this world. Integrating Fae into the classic story gives us a fresh look on the tale, while creating this whole other dimension. And when Alice does show up (you know she will!) her story makes complete sense and blends into the world like it was meant to be.
The huge twist at the end drew everything together. But hey, I’m not going to spoil it for you. Suffice to say, I should have seen it coming! It was incredibly clever and turned the entire story on its head. Of course, it means I’m dying to read the sequel, but I think that’s a given.
So if you’re a fan of Fae and faerie tales; if you love Alice’s adventures in wonderland; if you love fantastic female protagonists; if you want a good laugh but also the feels; if you want all of the above combined in one fantastic novel, then check out this amazing book. You won’t be able to get it out of your head, I can promise you that.
Pre-order it now on Amazon, so you can get it the day of its release – June 2nd!