Unbirthday by Liz Braswell #bookreview #fantasy #YA #retelling

Title: Unbirthday

Author: Liz Braswell

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Page Count: 512

My rating:  4 stars

About the book:

What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was very, very late?

Alice is different than other eighteen-year-old ladies in Kexford, which is perfectly fine with her. She’d rather spend golden afternoons with her trusty camera or in her aunt Vivian’s lively salon, ignoring her sister’s wishes that she stop all that “nonsense” and become a “respectable” member of society. Alice is happy to meander to Miss. Yao’s teashop or to visit the children playing in the Square. She’s also interested in learning more about the young lawyer she met there, but just because she’s curious, of course, not because he was sweet and charming.

But when Alice develops photographs she has recently taken about town, familiar faces of old suddenly appear in the place of her actual subjects-the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar. There’s something eerily off about them, even for Wonderland creatures. And as Alice develops a self-portrait, she finds the most disturbing image of all-a badly-injured dark-haired girl asking for Alice’s help. Mary Ann.

Returning to the place of nonsense from her childhood, Alice finds herself on a mission to stop the Queen of Hearts’ tyrannical rule and to find her place in both worlds. But will she able to do so . . . before the End of Time?

One would think that at my age I would have had enough of fairy tales or classics such as Alice in Wonderland but each time I see a new book tackling an old tale like this I get all excited inside. Unbirthday by Liz Braswell is a new take on the Alice in Wonderland saga in which Alice is now *gasp* grown but that doesn’t stop Wonderland from needing her to cross back over and save the day.

Unbirthday is actually the tenth book in Liz Braswell’s Twisted Tales series in which each book takes on an old classic. With each book of the series being a new version of a different classic story there isn’t a need to read in order as they all can read fine as a standalone or enjoyed in any order one chooses.

Going into this I was hesitant as usual thinking is this going to be different or the same old story I’ve read many times before or would it be so totally different that one wouldn’t be able to recognize the original. Once getting into it though it actually grabbed my attention and I began to enjoy this new version of Alice after she has aged. The time spent in Wonderland was just and wacky and wonderous which held the feel of the original while giving it a new twist. Definitely felt this was a fun book and will definitely put any others from this author onto my TBR.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  / Amazon

About the author:

Liz Braswell spent her childhood reading fairy tales, dreaming, and going on adven­tures in the woods with her cat. After majoring in Egyptology at Brown University (and yes, she can write your name in hieroglyphs) she promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally Liz caved in to fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by the Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She is also the author of Stuffed and several other Twisted Tales, including A Whole New WorldOnce Upon a DreamAs Old as Time, and Part of Your World. She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part­time dog, three fish, and five coffee trees-one of which has already produced a rather tolerable espresso. You can email her at me@lizbraswell.com or tweet @ LizBraswell or instagram @lizbraswell.

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