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The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slippi The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.


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The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slippi The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

30 review for A Blade So Black

  1. 4 out of 5

    The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

    1/10/18 - Holy maple bacon cupcakes batman, that COVER!!! That cover! That cover gives me #BlackGirlMagic feels all up and down my spine! It's everything and it's why #representationmatters. Not only am I totally looking forward to this retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a Black heroine, but I follow the author on Twitter and she tells some ugly truths about the publishing industry, authors and racism in general that too many people want to bury their heads in the sand over. PoC authors have t 1/10/18 - Holy maple bacon cupcakes batman, that COVER!!! That cover! That cover gives me #BlackGirlMagic feels all up and down my spine! It's everything and it's why #representationmatters. Not only am I totally looking forward to this retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a Black heroine, but I follow the author on Twitter and she tells some ugly truths about the publishing industry, authors and racism in general that too many people want to bury their heads in the sand over. PoC authors have to jump through hoops to get recognition, much less a chance to be published. A PoC author can't afford to be mediocre, even though there are lots of mediocre White authors with huge contracts and publicity. I will read White authors who write inclusive characters and who do so in a complex, non-stereotyped fashion. They don't deserve a brownie button for doing so because the world is diverse and contrary to popular belief, so is the readership. That's not my problem. I just want to see more PoC authors spreading their wings and imaginations and not being told "we have our quota of Black/Brown/Asian/Middle Eastern/Native American characters", only to fall all over themselves when a White author pens a work with a PoC character, especially when that PoC character lacks any sort of nuance or serves as magical negro status. There is no PoC equivalent of E.L. James (which is a good thing in my opinion). Still they should be given the chance and not held to an unfair standard. Nor covers whitewashed. Asking for inclusion and equity in the industry has some whining about "reverse racism" (no such thing by the way). #OwnVoices is about PoC authors writing the kinds of stories they want to tell - and not the New York publishing cabal pushing limited subjects such as slavery, poverty, war, arranged marriages, tiger moms and other stereotypical themes. There's a certain irony about people who are upset with McKinney for not being politically correct when there's an Orange Shitgibbon sitting in the White House who bragged about the same thing (and people liked that). The hypocrisy should escape no one. She's not personally angry at authors (unless they commit epic racefail). She's angry, and rightfully so, at an industry that refuses to get its act together and be more welcoming of diverse voices.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Tate

    A couple reasons why I'll probably not going to read this. 1. I'm not a big Alice in Wonderland fan so it's already doesn't interest me. 2. The author called out a book on whitewashing Mulan( which yeah good for you here's a cookie) but at the same token is pretty much using the fact that Alice is black in her retelling as the ONLY selling point of her story.....Yay Alice is black but what else? What else about her is going to make me interested in reading her story since I'm already not a big f A couple reasons why I'll probably not going to read this. 1. I'm not a big Alice in Wonderland fan so it's already doesn't interest me. 2. The author called out a book on whitewashing Mulan( which yeah good for you here's a cookie) but at the same token is pretty much using the fact that Alice is black in her retelling as the ONLY selling point of her story.....Yay Alice is black but what else? What else about her is going to make me interested in reading her story since I'm already not a big fan anyway? Oh she can kick ass! Yay! *eye roll* So thanks but no thanks. I'm all for diversity but don't let diversity be your only selling point while your story and characters lacks.. Edit:Two definitions people need to know Racism: a system in which a dominant race benefits off the oppression of others. Prejudice:an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge. To all intended purposes, L.L Mckinney is prejudiced against whites but not racist due to the fact that she DO NOT have the power to oppress them aka keep opportunites away from them. Yes her comments are extremely unacceptable and should be called out like it but it's her being prejudiced against whites. She doesn't have the power to keep someone from having a job or in a bad economic situation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Heilig

    I cannot wait for this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Terry Bell

    Not to brag, but. *I* got to read an early draft of this, and if you're jealous right now? You should be. Alice is the ass-kicking, Sailor-Moon-cosplaying, out-Buffying-Buffy heroine you didn't know you were waiting for. <3

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee

    The amount of negative reviews this book is getting from butthurt white people because the author tweeted saying whiteness tires her so much is fucking ridiculous. Reverse racism does not exist. Plus, the fact that it took a black woman tweeting a pretty valid negative thing about white people caused such an uproar is very telling. Where were all of you people with these negative reviews concerning *actual* problematic books and authors? This is why people of color are so adamant about not givin The amount of negative reviews this book is getting from butthurt white people because the author tweeted saying whiteness tires her so much is fucking ridiculous. Reverse racism does not exist. Plus, the fact that it took a black woman tweeting a pretty valid negative thing about white people caused such an uproar is very telling. Where were all of you people with these negative reviews concerning *actual* problematic books and authors? This is why people of color are so adamant about not giving a fuck about us white people. The minute they say something negative about white people we feel the need to make their feelings all about us. So, please, for the love of God, when a person of color says something negative about our race, stop a minute and actually think about why they feel this way because, after all, we did some pretty fucked up things to people of color. Anyway, this books sounds right up my alley. An Alice in Wonderland retelling with a black MC? I'm in 100%. Edit 1/10/2018: We have a cover and it is gorgeous! <3 AND the little snippet sounds amazing! I need this book ASAP.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

    this is basically just city of bones + twilight (alice in wonderland version) DNF @ 46% Review copy provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review! Thanks so much!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tere

    Y'all. This is the tiresome (and predictable) whiteness she was talking about. "What happened to her?" people keep asking. Well, she had to grow up in a country that values the mediocre contributions of white people in arts and entertainment—and the rest of life—over the amazing contributions of people of color. If you're really not racist, then you're not the white people she's (rightly) venting about, so pat yourself on the back and try to keep being one of the good ones. Honestly, I question Y'all. This is the tiresome (and predictable) whiteness she was talking about. "What happened to her?" people keep asking. Well, she had to grow up in a country that values the mediocre contributions of white people in arts and entertainment—and the rest of life—over the amazing contributions of people of color. If you're really not racist, then you're not the white people she's (rightly) venting about, so pat yourself on the back and try to keep being one of the good ones. Honestly, I question the open-mindedness any of the authors or writers commenting negatively on this author (particularly since they haven't read the book), and hope they decide to follow more black writers on Goodreads and Twitter before they decide to write diverse books that have a better chance of being published than books by people of color.

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Ironside

    Ok, I probably wasn't going to read this in any case because aside from any other issues which have been raised, I've never read an 'Alice' re-telling or re-imagining which has in anyway captured the spirit of the original. So that kinda makes it an automatic pass. Having said that, I'm really not comfortable with the way people are rating this book when they haven't read it. I ended up reading several books because people were rating them 1 star without reading them - including 'the Black Witch' Ok, I probably wasn't going to read this in any case because aside from any other issues which have been raised, I've never read an 'Alice' re-telling or re-imagining which has in anyway captured the spirit of the original. So that kinda makes it an automatic pass. Having said that, I'm really not comfortable with the way people are rating this book when they haven't read it. I ended up reading several books because people were rating them 1 star without reading them - including 'the Black Witch' and 'Carve the Mark' - just so I could give an honest review. Personally, I really don't like the author's attitude and how she delivers her rhetoric is deplorable and just doesn't help her case at all. BUT it would be just as dishonest to rate this 1 star without reading it as it was for all those people who leapt on the band wagon over 'The Black Witch' and rated it 1 star without reading the book. (Incidentally rating it 5 stars without reading is a bit squicky but hey that's probably not going to harm sales so if you're comfortable doing it then, who am I to stop you? I'm not your Jimminy Cricket, that's for sure.) So maybe we could all just not rate the book before it's even available to read?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    DNF @ 45% I was on the promotional blog tour for this book! I received a digital ARC for review via the website NetGalley. I really wanted to like this one, since my name is Alice, I was named after Alice in Wonderland but for me, I was not connecting with the writing style. The pacing was far too slow for me, with a lot of telling and not showing. Alice is a POC and has two lives: One in Atlanta, USA and the other in Wonderland. I liked the element of battling creatures in Wonderland but it wasn' DNF @ 45% I was on the promotional blog tour for this book! I received a digital ARC for review via the website NetGalley. I really wanted to like this one, since my name is Alice, I was named after Alice in Wonderland but for me, I was not connecting with the writing style. The pacing was far too slow for me, with a lot of telling and not showing. Alice is a POC and has two lives: One in Atlanta, USA and the other in Wonderland. I liked the element of battling creatures in Wonderland but it wasn't enough for me to keep reading on.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tori (InToriLex)

    This was written perfectly to appeal to black teens who never knew they could enjoy fantasy. Alice is a courageous teen who discovers her own power to kill monsters called Nightmares from the mysterious Wonderland. She has to grapple with real monsters in Wonderland while also dealing with the trauma of feeling unsafe and gun violence in her neighborhood. Alice's best friends are Courtney and Chess they make endearing jokes about race and try to empathize with her experience. All of the char This was written perfectly to appeal to black teens who never knew they could enjoy fantasy. Alice is a courageous teen who discovers her own power to kill monsters called Nightmares from the mysterious Wonderland. She has to grapple with real monsters in Wonderland while also dealing with the trauma of feeling unsafe and gun violence in her neighborhood. Alice's best friends are Courtney and Chess they make endearing jokes about race and try to empathize with her experience. All of the characters were well developed which added great realism and contrasted well with whimsical Wonderland. I was pleasantly surprised by how multifaceted the plot and story was. Alice is tormented by guilt because she has to be supportive for her family while leaving for long periods to kill Nightmares. While she trains with her mentor Hatta to navigate Wonderland she has to deal with normal teenage hormones and romantic feelings. Alice is not the only one who is recruited from our world to hunt and kill Nightmares. Dee and Dum are Russian teenage boys who hunt Nightmares to keep them at bay, they work with Alice as she encounters evil in Wonderland. The magical grasses, bubbles and strange passage of time in Wonderland created satisfying world building. The action was believable and the fast pace kept me engaged the whole time. "And to those black kids searching countless shelves and between endless pages, hoping to catch a glimpse of themselves in galaxies far away, fantasies long ago, and stories here and now: this one's for you. Shine on, and drive back the darkness."~Author's Note The stakes are high, the villains are awful and the diverse representation was refreshing. Some of the romantic elements were less than perfect but that was a small part of the book. The ending left me wanting more after a cliff hanger. I'm hoping that this is the beginning of a new series because I want to return to these characters and learn more about how they will continue to battle the evils of Wonderland. This was a really enjoyable read I would recommend to all readers. Recommended for Readers who - enjoy action packed and multifaceted fantasy's - want to return to the wonderful whimsical Wonderland - appreciate racial and sexual diversity

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I received an arc from Raincoast Books Canada in exchange for a honest review.  When I first saw the cover of this book, I screamed. I loved the cover so much and when I read what the book was about--an Alice in Wonderland retelling--I screamed even louder. So imagine my disappointment when I read the first couple of chapters and really, really, really, couldn't push through another page.  Firstly, the writing isn't very good. It's a fantasy with whimsical elements that if executed well could soar I received an arc from Raincoast Books Canada in exchange for a honest review.  When I first saw the cover of this book, I screamed. I loved the cover so much and when I read what the book was about--an Alice in Wonderland retelling--I screamed even louder. So imagine my disappointment when I read the first couple of chapters and really, really, really, couldn't push through another page.  Firstly, the writing isn't very good. It's a fantasy with whimsical elements that if executed well could soar to the top of the NYT Bestsellers' list. However, the writing was not descriptive enough for it's intended purposes. Readers were left confused at the scenery described. Where were the characters? How did they move from this location to the next? The writing seemed very chunky, allowing readers to lose interest in the story very quickly.  I was just so confused while reading this one that I couldn't justify me spending another hour on wondering what was happening. Because I literally can't recall much about it except our main heroine, Alice, went through a traumatic death of her father and is saved by Hatter? Hatter takes her into this magical place and they battle Nightmares? And he's too weak to do it on his own and she's such a special snowflake because she learns everything so quickly and has a natural talent for it. It also had a lot of time jumping from before and after and it was a mess I couldn't trudge through.  MY RECOMMENDATION  Others who have more patience than me read and loved it so try it out for yourself? Maybe download a sampler first before you decide to spend so much money on this confusing piece.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I had seen a lot of talk about this one, but didn’t realize it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling until recently and I was so excited for it. I liked Alice well enough. She’s loyal and she means well, but she came across as bratty and ungrateful. Yes, yes, classic teenager attitude, yet when you’re legit never home and your mom is extra worried due to a neighborhood girl being recently killed, maybe don’t be a dick. There is a pretty large cast of characters here, but I wasn’t really drawn in I had seen a lot of talk about this one, but didn’t realize it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling until recently and I was so excited for it. I liked Alice well enough. She’s loyal and she means well, but she came across as bratty and ungrateful. Yes, yes, classic teenager attitude, yet when you’re legit never home and your mom is extra worried due to a neighborhood girl being recently killed, maybe don’t be a dick. There is a pretty large cast of characters here, but I wasn’t really drawn in by any of them. Plot wise it was meh. The world building and aspect of Wonderland I was looking for were both non-existent. There were a lot of clunky sections of prose and I just couldn’t settle into Alice’s inner monologue. It seemed like a lot of telling, no showing. Overall, it was an interesting idea with an ending that had me intrigued, but the execution didn’t work for me. If this turns into a series, I’m not sure I’ll be continuing. **Huge thanks to Imprint for providing the arc free of charge**

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Strolle

    is there a rating higher than five stars asking for a friend related: F*CK THAT WAS GOOD

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Oh man, this book was FUNNY. As funny as it was action-packed, and the incorporation of all the familiar Alice in Wonderland elements was genius. I love me a sassy, courageous girl MC!

  15. 5 out of 5

    ren

    updated review on october 4th 2018: i was really excited for this story, but i couldn't get into it, mostly because of the writing. i liked the characters well enough (especially alice and her mom tbh) and the story is interesting, but i only got /really/ interested on what was going on in the last 15% or so. not enough to make me want to read the next book, to be honest, but i admit i'm intrigued by what might happen in this story. comment made on may 18th 2018: racists are giving this book one updated review on october 4th 2018: i was really excited for this story, but i couldn't get into it, mostly because of the writing. i liked the characters well enough (especially alice and her mom tbh) and the story is interesting, but i only got /really/ interested on what was going on in the last 15% or so. not enough to make me want to read the next book, to be honest, but i admit i'm intrigued by what might happen in this story. comment made on may 18th 2018: racists are giving this book one star for no reason, so here are five stars. gonna update it with my real rating when the book is out ✌🏻

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanna J.

    First, let me start with things I liked about the book: that cover is gorgeous! Any book lover knows a good cover is LIFE, am I right?! I also like the concept behind the book, because Alice in Wonderland has never felt like the tame, docile movie Disney spun out. A darker, more vicious story sounded awesome. I really appreciate LL McKinney's creative take on a classic story, and I'm a huge Buffy fan, so I loved that concept as well! I was disappointed with the actual realization of this charact First, let me start with things I liked about the book: that cover is gorgeous! Any book lover knows a good cover is LIFE, am I right?! I also like the concept behind the book, because Alice in Wonderland has never felt like the tame, docile movie Disney spun out. A darker, more vicious story sounded awesome. I really appreciate LL McKinney's creative take on a classic story, and I'm a huge Buffy fan, so I loved that concept as well! I was disappointed with the actual realization of this character merge, but it gets points for being a good idea. Second, the issues I personally had with the book: the writing and the actual story wasn't as on point as I was hoping it would be. I didn't really like the characters or the "quest" of the book. Unfortunately, to me, the characters all felt like they were written from a basic bag of trope. I also never got into the plot, and the world building wasn't that great. Perhaps it's because the writing wasn't particularly excellent, but as it's LL McKinney's first book, I am sure she will grow as a writer in future books. This book wasn't especially well-crafted in my opinion, but everyone has their own unique taste in what they like to read. When I review books, I like to warn readers about potentially problematic material. It doesn't mean the material will offend everyone, only that it MIGHT. I warn readers on Goodreads and other platforms if there is possible triggering material or explicit language etc, but readers might want a heads up. So here's my "heads up" regarding this book before a person choses to spend their hard earned money. Readers should also be aware that LL McKinney expresses a great deal of animosity towards white readers and reviewers on her social media platforms, and if someone disagrees with her, she quickly labels people and attacks them as she expresses a "problem of whiteness." This mentality is found throughout her book, and it is only right for readers to know this before reading her story. I appreciate her passion to speak out for diversity, but I think readers and parents who might purchase this book for their children should know she expresses issues of race with a great deal of vitriol and hatred. I'm assuming LL McKinney wants support from all reading demographics, but I don't she will get it by attacking readers. As a woman of color of the Latinx culture, I see the vociferous language she uses in real life and throughout her story to potentially fuel hatred instead of equality. Does my opinion matter less or should if I am not African American? Is my opinion automatically ignorant or racist for objecting to the language LL McKinney uses when speaking about "white ignorance"? Reviews exist not so readers can blindly support an author, but to respectfully inform other readers of what they did or did not enjoy about a book. I subscribe to the belief that we cannot fight hatred with hateful, bitter language or behavior. I personally cannot support this author, though I support the cause she is promoting. I only wish she would do it in a manner that promoted unity, inclusion, and education instead of expressing herself in a manner that comes across as derisive and belligerent. Having said all that, readers should decide for themselves if this is a book that sounds interesting to them, and if this is an author they want to support by purchasing her book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mireille Jacobs

    I want to thank all the people who pointed out the author's Twitter feed, and posted links to Tweets of hers where she expresses honest frustration with the racism of the YA genre. You've convinced me to read this book, where previously I might not have been that interested in it. Anyone who is the target of organized hate campaigns as she clearly is (what is this, high school??), and who still has the courage to speak truth to power, is brave enough to get my interest. And I'm also going to che I want to thank all the people who pointed out the author's Twitter feed, and posted links to Tweets of hers where she expresses honest frustration with the racism of the YA genre. You've convinced me to read this book, where previously I might not have been that interested in it. Anyone who is the target of organized hate campaigns as she clearly is (what is this, high school??), and who still has the courage to speak truth to power, is brave enough to get my interest. And I'm also going to check this book out because I despise bullying, and seeing a bunch of people who clearly haven't read the book showing up to trash someone's reviews IS BULLYING, and disgusting. Which is hilarious, since so many of you are accusing her of bullying. What am I going to believe, the words of strangers or their deeds? Anyway, great job folks. You're giving her lots of free publicity with this behavior.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    Yall, no. The writing is not my style. It is choppy, rough, and difficult to get through. There is no fluidity to it at all. This is a book that didn't show me what was happening, it told me. I never connected with any part of this at all. ------ Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com... If you ever want to talk about a book that was an absolute struggle to get through, pull up a chair and get cozy because we’ll talk about this book. And you better clear your calendar Yall, no. The writing is not my style. It is choppy, rough, and difficult to get through. There is no fluidity to it at all. This is a book that didn't show me what was happening, it told me. I never connected with any part of this at all. ------ Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com... If you ever want to talk about a book that was an absolute struggle to get through, pull up a chair and get cozy because we’ll talk about this book. And you better clear your calendar beforehand because it will be a long conversation. Short recap: Alice in Wonderland retelling but Alice is a POC and has Buffy-like responsibilities. What more do you need to know? Here is the biggest thing to know about this story: disappointing. I was so excited for this as it was a fairy tale retelling and who doesn’t love those? So why was this such a rough story? Number one: the writing was choppy, unstructured, confusing, and just all around bad. Number two: unoriginal take on the well known plot. It was boring. Number three: so many inconsistencies within the storyline itself. Number four: no development or explanation or backstory or anything. I will elaborate a little further… The writing had absolutely no clear structure to it. Instead of the words flowing and pulling the reader (me) into the story, it felt like a metric ton of sentence fragments. Picture interrupted thoughts strung together in the hopes that it just makes sense. There were no similes, no creative descriptions. This was a hard core case of the author telling the reader (me) what was going on instead of showing me. I’m not a fan of that. The overall storyline was just not that original. I can see what the author was trying to do but failed big time. With the writing style being as choppy as it was, it made it that much harder for me to really understand what was going on – ergo – I didn’t care about the actual story. What a shame. The inconsistencies peppered throughout the entire story left me with a headache. The reader (me) was told in the beginning of the story about some big fight scene (remember – the writing simply told me a fight took place so I couldn’t picture it) but apparently that first chapter took place several months after the prologue but it was not ever stated. I just had to come to that conclusion on my own. HUH? The reader (me) was never given the backstory on Alice’s training, I just had to go along with whatever was written. That’s difficult to do when I’m told how much of a badass Alice was but never given any true reason to believe it. I didn’t see any of her history. Again, I’m not a fan of that writing style. The author tried to keep some of the original Alice in Wonderland characters in this story but they were weak as weak could be. There was a set of Tweedle twins but they were given to us in the form of Russian Nightmare slayers … so… yeah. I did not buy that for one hot minute. None of the characters were handled well at all, let alone portrayed in a way that did them justice. I kept wanting to DNF this because it was just all over bad. The cover is very pretty and the blurb was brilliantly written, but the entire execution was not good. This story needed to be reedited several more times because it was lacking in every possible way.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    As a huge Alice in Wonderland fan the second I heard A Blade so Black is a retelling where it was actually Buffy who fell down the rabbit hole I was all in for this book and I'm so happy to say that it lived up to my high expectations. Alice is a fantastic character, she's smart and hard working and she knows how to kick butt. She may not always make the right choices but she goes with her gut and she'll fight to the death for the people cares about. Ever since she was attacked by a creature stra As a huge Alice in Wonderland fan the second I heard A Blade so Black is a retelling where it was actually Buffy who fell down the rabbit hole I was all in for this book and I'm so happy to say that it lived up to my high expectations. Alice is a fantastic character, she's smart and hard working and she knows how to kick butt. She may not always make the right choices but she goes with her gut and she'll fight to the death for the people cares about. Ever since she was attacked by a creature straight out of our nightmares she has been training with her mentor Addison Hatta learning how to protect humanity from the creatures of Wonderland. It's not easy juggling school and homework with being a warrior, especially when her overprotective mother wants to know where she is every second of the day, but she does her best to balance all the balls she's juggling. I think one of the things I loved most about this story was that Alice's mother was in the picture and constantly nagging her about missing curfew or sneaking out at night. So many YA books have absent parents who don't seem to have a clue what their kids are up to so it was nice to see the opposite here. I actually felt really sorry for Alice's mother and if I had a kid like Alice they would drive me insane constantly disappearing on me but at the same time it wasn't easy for Alice to keep such huge secrets from her mother either. I'm hoping in the next book (there's got to be a next one right?!) that she'll let her mum in on what's going on, I think she's going to have to if she wants to explain her latest absence. This story is full of fantastical elements but is also really grounded in the real world which I liked. A Blade so Black has just enough elements of the original story to excite Alice in Wonderland fans but not so many that it's boring to read, I thought L.L. McKinney hit the balance perfectly there and I really enjoyed the way she made so many nods to the original but took characters we already know and love and still managed to make them her own. Hatta and Maddi were particular favourites (although I wish Maddi had spoken in riddles for the entire story!) but I also loved the Tweedle twins and many others too. There's plenty of action, lots of diverse and wonderful characters and great world building so I'm definitely hoping to see more of these characters in the future. The way it ended there just has to be a sequel & if there is it's definitely going to be at the top of my wish list! _________________ Before reading: I saw someone on Twitter saying this is an Alice in Wonderland retelling but what would have happened if Buffy fell down the rabbit hole instead of Alice. I love Alice retellings anyway but that description immediately jumped it to the top of my wish list!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let it be known that if you write a re-imagining or re-interpretation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I will read it. BUT. It either has to be completely original (like Christina Henry's Alice--a shocking, violent romp that leaves a lasting impression) or REALLY good (like Marissa Meyer's Heartless--a prequel story about the Red Queen that is PERFECTION). Which is why this one was so disappointing. It has original going Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let it be known that if you write a re-imagining or re-interpretation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I will read it. BUT. It either has to be completely original (like Christina Henry's Alice--a shocking, violent romp that leaves a lasting impression) or REALLY good (like Marissa Meyer's Heartless--a prequel story about the Red Queen that is PERFECTION). Which is why this one was so disappointing. It has original going for it, for sure: Alice is trained by Addison Hatta to hunt and kill Nightmares in Wonderland. She's African American. She has Buffy-like responsibilities. Unfortunately, the originality wasn't enough to overcome the boring, convoluted plot. There are lots of inconsistencies...and while I suspect some of them might be fixed in the final editing process, there are some things I just did not enjoy. Like...what, exactly, is the point of having the first chapter take place several months after the prologue and then EVERYTHING else happens a year later? At first you think it's going to be about Alice's training but...nope. We get to see NONE of it. Then there's the weird "Alice tries to balance real life and Wonderland" story line that is just so boring--every time Court and Chess were on the page I just wanted them to go away so we could get back to the magical stuff. And the end "battle" was so anticlimactic...even with the twist thrown in in the epilogue. I mean...I literally didn't care. Finally, one of my favorites things about reading New Alice stories is finding familiar characters who maybe show up in different ways/forms. But other than Alice and the Tweedle twins (who here are a pair of handsome Russian Nightmare slayers), I didn't particularly like how any of the characters were handled. Some of them (like Chess) seem to share a name and nothing else...which is fine, if they're interesting. But they aren't. Honestly, the only reason this wasn't a DNF for me was because of my love of the original. I kept waiting for a character or scene I would love, but it just didn't come.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy in exchange for my honest review* Alice, a young African American girl, is trying to balance her regular life with an overbearing mother and a needy best friend while also being trained to hunt and kill Nightmares in Wonderland by a warrior named Addison Hatta. I was so excited when I originally heard of this book! An Alice in Wonderland retelling with monster hunting?! Sign me up! Want to see more from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy in exchange for my honest review* Alice, a young African American girl, is trying to balance her regular life with an overbearing mother and a needy best friend while also being trained to hunt and kill Nightmares in Wonderland by a warrior named Addison Hatta. I was so excited when I originally heard of this book! An Alice in Wonderland retelling with monster hunting?! Sign me up! Unfortunately, it fell very short for me. I didn't like the writing style and felt that it was chunky and didn't flow well. I kept thinking that the plot would begin to make sense and become more interesting as the story went on... but as it progressed, nothing got better. I found the plot boring and I felt as though nothing actually happened. Half the time I honestly didn't even know what was going on in the story line. I liked the attempt at bringing in characters from the original story of Alice, but I didn't find any of the characters to be anything of interest and felt that they didn't develop in anyway. I didn't relate to any of them or care about what happened to them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erikka

    This was just bad. It throws you into a plot with no build up or explanation, the writing is clunky and cringe-inducing, and most of the characters have little to no development. I was so excited to read a take on Alice in Wonderland with a POC has the MC and, while this is ostensibly presented as that, it doesn't really have the qualities you expect from Alice in Wonderland. The setting is barely described, she doesn't spend enough time in Wonderland to make it work, and the majority of her tim This was just bad. It throws you into a plot with no build up or explanation, the writing is clunky and cringe-inducing, and most of the characters have little to no development. I was so excited to read a take on Alice in Wonderland with a POC has the MC and, while this is ostensibly presented as that, it doesn't really have the qualities you expect from Alice in Wonderland. The setting is barely described, she doesn't spend enough time in Wonderland to make it work, and the majority of her time is spent dealing with her whiny best friend and her mom (who is rightfully concerned that her teen daughter is literally never home). I related more to her mom than to her. I think the worst part, though, was the clunky dialogue. The random swear words that were supposed to make her seem tough, but really just made her sound like a little kid getting away with something. The words that were either not something kids say (she calls someone a goober. No kid does that.) or were painfully "this is something the youths say, correct?" The covered lulled me into a false sense of badassery that didn't come to fruition.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Vollmer

    She's not getting my money

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    "We can change the whole world Gonna take it over, gonna start it over Don't you know what we could be? A new beginning, fight until we're winning Tell me that you're in it Don't you wanna be a superhero?" -Simon Curtis "Heroes always get remembered, but you know legends never die!" -Panic! at the Disco, "The Emperor's New Clothes" The last ARC I traded for online in August, finally reviewing now, and I'm gonna call this one a case of saving the best for last. Sorry, Splintered, but I think I have a new "We can change the whole world Gonna take it over, gonna start it over Don't you know what we could be? A new beginning, fight until we're winning Tell me that you're in it Don't you wanna be a superhero?" -Simon Curtis "Heroes always get remembered, but you know legends never die!" -Panic! at the Disco, "The Emperor's New Clothes" The last ARC I traded for online in August, finally reviewing now, and I'm gonna call this one a case of saving the best for last. Sorry, Splintered, but I think I have a new favorite Alice in Wonderland retelling. As I expected based on the stellar sneak peek we got in, I think, Entertainment Weekly a few months back alongside the cover reveal - my God, that is a beautiful cover! But yeah, that sneak peek was just a small taste of L.L. McKinney's gift for action, though there's a lot more to this book than that. McKinney lines her debut with - to quote Margaret Stohl's blurb for Jason Reynolds' Miles Morales: Spider-Man - "equal parts hero and heart." I remember when McKinney was a Pitch Wars mentor a few years back, I was considering submitting to her because of how much of a Spider-Fan she was, and it really shows in this book. Not only in Alice's secret life as a Buffy-grade ass-kicker in Wonderland and the real world both, but also in her mom's anxieties about Alice constantly being late for curfew and incommunicado. Like Aunt May - I'm especially thinking of Sally Field's and Marisa Tomei's portrayals of Aunt May here - but of course with the extra worry that perhaps Alice will become another police brutality statistic. Tellingly, the book repeatedly references such an in-universe extrajudicial shooting, and it's indicated that Nightmare monsters from Wonderland are helping influence the increased prevalence of this and other racist acts. Alice feels these fears pretty acutely too, but she's got a ton on her plate to worry about as one of the select few Dreamwalkers tasked with helping keep the human world safe from Wonderland's threats. Luckily, she really isn't the only one - among others, we have the reimagined Tweedles, a pair of Russian twins named Dimitri and Demarcus Tweedlanov, who eerily resemble Spike. The book does have quite a few close analogues to certain Buffy-equivalent characters - for instance, Chess and Court read to me, respectively, like if Willow were a soft boy and if Xander were a girl who needed a ton of attention; also, there's Addison Hatta (whose last name will only ever make me think of how Marissa Meyer used the same phonetic-in-an-English-accent spelling of "Hatter" in Heartless), who plays like Angel but, mercifully, without much of an Angelus side. (Though who knows? Angelus didn't really come out of the woodwork until the second season of Buffy - McKinney could have similar plans for her series here!) I won't go too deep into the plot because I want everyone to be as well-surprised as I was, but let's just say McKinney's got the twist game down pretty well. I mean, there were a lot of plot developments I frankly couldn't see coming. And let me tell you, there's no way this is a standalone, not with that practically Aveyardian cliffhanger that's probably come closer than any other to reaching the infuriation levels provoked by Glass Sword 2.5-plus years ago. Bottom line, if you love your books full of unabashed geek flag flying (I may be wrong, but I think McKinney based some of Alice's cosplaying history on her own), propulsive mile-a-minute thrills, and authentic and inclusive casts of characters, A Blade So Black better be on your fall reading list. P.S. I'm pretty sure I know exactly which book Alice says, on page 179, she can't get more than one chapter into no matter how often she tries. P.P.S. Alice dual-wields on the cover. We all know what that means! :D P.P.P.S. Update to the above: I WAS RIGHT I KNEW IT OH MY GOD

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gin Jenny (Reading the End)

    "Racebent ass-kicking Alice in Wonderland" is an excellent set of words in an awesome order. Can't wait to get my hands on this one!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    I don't want any part of this book nor will I support the author.. Nuff said

  27. 4 out of 5

    I.

    Dark and fresh and way too cool for me, this book was the dream of every Wonderland fan cranked up to a million. Author Interview: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... Full Review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    10/2/18- MY COPY IS READY! MY COPY IS READY! I can't wait! I will be moving all other books on my TBR aside just to read this! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Book Jesus heard my prayers! Urban fantasy. Black female MC. A retelling. I CAN NOT WAIT!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Olivia-Savannah Roach

    An Alice in Wonderland retelling with a black representation for Alice? I couldn’t resist – I had to have it! Combined with that cover, there was no way I wasn’t going to be able to read this one. I signed up for the tour straight away and don’t regret it at all. I breezed through this book this summer and I’m so happy to finally have read an Alice in Wonderland retelling that I liked. Because this one actually made sense! Having said that, I have to admit, the prologue did confuse me a little bi An Alice in Wonderland retelling with a black representation for Alice? I couldn’t resist – I had to have it! Combined with that cover, there was no way I wasn’t going to be able to read this one. I signed up for the tour straight away and don’t regret it at all. I breezed through this book this summer and I’m so happy to finally have read an Alice in Wonderland retelling that I liked. Because this one actually made sense! Having said that, I have to admit, the prologue did confuse me a little bit. The book jumps right into the action and because we don’t have a clear grip on the world yet, so it left me a little stranded. But don’t pay much mind to the prologue, and soon even that gets explained. After that the story gets ironed out and explained. My main problem with the original classic is that the story jumps around a lot and is entirely too whimsical. However, that is not the case in this one. There is a steady and sure plot with goals the characters need to achieve on their journey. Because it was so straightforward and simple I was able to enjoy reading this one more than the original classic itself. This one also totally skips the training montage of when the main character is slowly learning their powers and getting used to fighting monsters. I love fantasy, and sometimes it really is helpful to see them learning their magic or powers. But I’ve read a lot of fantasy now, and to be honest, this book didn’t need it. So, if you don’t mind or actually want to skip the training montage (like me!) then this a good book for you. As for the black main character rep that I was looking forward to, it was okay. Alice does have some elements to her character which show her as an African-American such as dealing with her hair and a few other things. And yes, there is some discussion of unfair police brutality and racist crime as evil tends to breed monsters. But I have to be honest – it doesn’t go into too much discussion of this and at times it seems a bit like the black rep was made to be a selling point for the book and hastily included? It needed more development for it to truly feel diverse. But otherwise, it was a good inclusion! I can’t find anything particularly wrong with the rep, only that I wanted a bit more from it. The world building was done really well and I loved getting to explore this different Wonderland. It was unique, creative and easy to follow. The nightmares sounded terrifying, but what intrigued me most were the places she went – like the bubbles – and the magic system, like the potions a friend of hers makes. It made this Wonderland so alluring. I know I would like to visit at some point. The writing was simply okay. It was terrible, but it wasn’t amazing either. This book is definitely a plot driven one because I didn’t particularly care for the characters much. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance situation and the forced love triangle. It didn’t work for me. But there were some characters that intrigued me, like Maddy and the twins. The secondary characters were ones I wanted to know more about and I loved every scene where they were included! All in all, this one was a bit of a mixed bag for me. You can definitely tell it’s the beginning of a series, so I’m not sure if I am going to read on. But it was nice to go out of my comfort zone with an Alice in Wonderland retelling and see what I thought of it. Relevance to today: I think the friendships in this book were the best things. The friends in this one have to trust and rely on each other. They always have each other’s’ back. I really loved seeing such a close bond, and even when the friendships went through difficulties and struggles it is apparent that they all care for each other deep down. This review can be found on Olivia's Catastrophe: https://oliviascatastrophe.com/2018/0...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Locke

    I'm super super excited for this book. It sounds incredible.

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