And… I’M BACK FOR DAY 3!!!!! It is officially Christmas Eve Eve! How exciting is that!?! When asked about my Christmas list, this was the response most people got: “Books, books, books, books, oh- and a laptop!” (I need a laptop for posting and formatting. It is pretty much impossible on any mobile device.) Hopefully I get a bunch of books and can share a ginormous book haul with all of you! 😄 You guys can see the post where I explain everything and Day 2 there. Alright, let’s get started!
Guys, I was being awesome and doing my civic duty by visiting blogs everywhere when I came across a review for Thirteen Reasons Why. Well, it was a great review and made me think back to my experience reading it! So of course, I scrolled down and started writing my comment about why I loved it so much. Soon, a short comment turned into a paragraph, (I apologize to the blogger, if you’re reading this- it was the most awkward comment ever!) and a stray thought escaped into the creative portion of my brain: “EMIGOSH THIS IS LIKE A REVIEW!!!” Which quickly turned into: “ACK DID I EVER WRITE ABOUT IT???” Which led to me searching the title in our handy search bar (love that thing) and finding the post after I finished it (the results of that read-a-thon in September), only to see that- GASP! I never talked about how much I loved it! So, of course, this turns into “Hey, my book for today isn’t all that creepy! Let’s turn this into a two-book thing with an actual creepy/dark (mostly dark) book- Thirteen Reasons Why!” (*self-five*) The book I had originally planned to talk about today was The Looking Glass Wars by Rank Beddor. I will still do that, but I will finish up with Thirteen Reasons Why. 🙂
In this book, the classic Alice in Wonderland story is completely turned upside the head! There is no white rabbit or hole. Alyss is the heir to the throne. Her mother is the Queen of Hearts, but her Aunt Redd is the “Off with your heads!” character we know so well. The White Rabbit is Bibwit Harte, the princess’s tutor. The Mad Hatter is not literally a hatter, and is the queen’s most trusted guard. On Alyss’s 7th birthday, Redd attacks the palace and Alyss escapes to our world. She is stuck here for 13 years until her childhood friend finds her and brings her back to Wonderland. There, she learns that there is a rebellion in her name. Alyss must learn to live up to the title often after thirteen years in a world with no imagination, all the while on the run from Redd’s imagination eye and her card soldiers.
I definitely enjoyed this book! It pleasantly surprised me. I always like to read retellings, so when I saw this at a neighboring city’s library, I had to order it!
When I read this book, I had no idea what to expect. It took weeks of having the friend that was loaning it to me pestering to read it and give it back before I could pick it up. It scared me THAT MUCH. I don’t suffer from depression or anything, but when I read, I tend to not let it just wash over me, I really feel everything. Oddly enough, sometimes I feel like i can turn it off, but nevertheless, it scared me to death! (Okay, that really wasn’t that funny, sorry! XD) When I finally started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I think my mouth was PERMANENTLY open in horror and shock. The end left me wanting, and yet I understood Hannah and I understood why. With each new revelation, it was like opening another locked door. Like putting nails in her coffin. As I got to know Hannah, I honestly didn’t know what to think or feel. What do you say to something like that? All at the same time, I would be feeling Clay’s emotions, disbelief, anger, annoyance, sorrow, and so much more. Honestly, this book just left me so… Raw. I completely had to rethink everything in my life. I resolved to be a better person. Unfortunately, I don’t think I succeeded as much as I had hoped, but it completely opened up my eyes to the world. I highly recommend this book, but you will be hit hard, so be prepared for that.
Well, I added to it a bit, but you guys see how that would be a weird comment, am I right? 🙂 Just your average coocoo (how on earth do you spell that?) Amy! I’m sure you guys noticed that I didn’t put in any quotes from the books this time. Instead, I’m going to leave you all with quotes from some of my favorite Christmas movies! I hope you guys are still enjoying this series of posts. Let me know what you think! 🙂 Toodles!
Did you ask for books for Christmas too? Have you ever written a super awkward comment like that? Have you heard of The Looking Glass Wars? Read it or plan to? Have you heard of Thirteen Reasons Why? Read it or plan to? Thoughts? What did you think of my feels? Did I make you want to read it? 😉 What did you think of my quotes? Did you recognize any? Are you excited for Christmas?