Death of the Mad Hatter

Rated 4.57/5 based on 21 reviews
Falling in love with Alice Mae was like stumbling down a rabbit hole and seeing a magical world. Whereas, her betrayal was like tripping on a guillotine. More

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ISBN: 9781311724304
About Sarah J Pepper

Sarah J. Pepper lives in South Dakota with her real-life prince charming. At a young age, she fell for paranormal books and now incorporates that genre with the romance that thrives in the hearts of us all. When she’s not storytelling, she’s most likely biking, hoarding chocolate, or taking a bubble bath. Get a glimpse inside her head at www.peppersreadingcorner.com

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Reviews

Review by: Jasmin Schulze on Dec. 11, 2013 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

In Ms.Pepper's version of the wonderland life centers around a prophecy the Jack once made:

"If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.

Heads would Roll…
Hearts would Break…
In the end, would it matter who Reigned?"

There are also a few prophecy's that influence the first one, but I don't want to say too much :).

I always loved the story of Alice in Wonderland(even though there are way too many versions I think), but it's kind of funny that I didn't read or heard of a story involving Alice for a while and now I even stumbled upon two in a short period of time.(The second one would be the TV series "Once upon a time in Wonderland") So Alice might be coming in fashion again? (or it's simply a coincidence lol)
Well.. Actually "Death of the Mad Hatter" is nothing like the original story, but it's just as enjoyable. The two main protagonists, Riley and Alice, are a kind of really realistic couple, since they have a hate-love relationship. That's intresting in it's own way and after all differs the normal love-at-first-sight stories. So in my opinion it's really refreshing :).
I also liked the idea of using candy to keep sane in the normal world. Definitely a nice invention!

I have to admit though that I can't get used to Alice's looks. i mean she is pretty, but she wears blue liptick, really? Anyway I still loved all characters, while I'd prefer to ignore there taste in fashion.

Overall the whole book was a great read and it was a very fast read. Once started you simply won't be able to stop reading! Wonderland is such a nice place, where the impossible becomes possible :). So it totally deserves the 4 stars!(I only gave 4 stars, because the pace was pretty slow at the beginning and everything was kind of confusing.)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lynda Dickson on Dec. 08, 2013 :
The Queen of Hearts beheads her husband, King Edward, after finding out he has been having an affair with the Seamstress. Because of the Jack's prophesy, the Queen is now on the lookout for a boy with a girl's name (Ryley) or a girl with a boy's name (Alice, also known as Al) who will bring about the end of her reign. Alternately told from Ryley's and Alice's points-of-view in the present and through Alice's past visits to Wonderland, we slowly piece the story together. It's a puzzle worth solving.

Even though it's inspired by Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland", this is a highly original story, full of dark humor, nonsense, quirky characters, and riddles. It is a fine tribute to Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland". The main character is even named after Lewis Carroll's inspiration for his Alice, Alice Mae Liddell. There are a few minor editing errors but, overall, the author's writing style makes this book a pleasure to read. I loved the dynamic between Ryley (a normal high school student) and the eccentric Alice, and I especially liked the description of Ryley's and Alice's first kiss. This is definitely an author to watch.

I received this book for the purpose of providing an honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Myra White on Dec. 06, 2013 :
*I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review.

When I started this book, for about the first quarter or so, I felt engaged with the story but I wasn't totally invested. The story and characters were good but I wasn't emotionally involved with it all. After I got past that first quarter (at about 10/11 o'clock at night) I could not put the book down, which severely impeded my ability to sleep, not that I minded of course!

This book had a very wonder-esque feel to it and I loved the kooky oddness of the Wonderland world. This book really captured the silly nonsense of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland but Death of the Mad Hatter had more structure and was more relatable than its earlier counterpart. It also had some super, sweet, sexy romance, which was very much to my liking!

The characters in this book were fantastic and even though they didn't get major screen- err.. page time, I really loved MH and Robby. I also thoroughly enjoyed Alice Mae and Ryley and I really liked watching them grow as characters into themselves and the roles they needed to play. All the evil guys and gals were done perfectly, there was never a moment I didn't love to hate them! The only really sad thing was that Chez was such a meany, but Rutherford - sorry! - Mr. Ruth, certainly made up for the lack of animal kindness!

This book was so wacky that half the time I didn't know what was going, at least for a minute or two, but luckily most of the characters were as confused as I was which mad me feel a whole lot less silly! This book had the right amount of crazy that any Wonderland retelling needs and I adored it! Everything from the wacky prophecies, to Alice Mae's crazy make-up, I loved and couldn't get enough of the superb and splendiferous weirdness!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: jacquelyn smith on Dec. 06, 2013 :
Stop!!!
This is not your mother Alice in Wonderland!!!
I want you to close your eyes and remember the first time you read or hear the story about Alice, then forget it, because Alice Mae give crazy a whole new meaning. The plan was for Alice Mae to bring Ryley to Wonderland, to the Queen of Heart. She was the same one that killed his uncle and banished his father from Wonderland. Ryley knew this was a trick; he needed the book called, Sweets for the Rabbit Hole Voyages to save his father. The question become is Alice Mae a friend or will she betray him? Will the prophecy about her come true? This little fairy tale will take you on a wild ride one you not forget. So take your seat and join Ryley and the gang in Wonderland to find out can the Mad Hatter die twice?
I am still flying high from this read, the characters was beyond crazy and funny.
I tip my hat to you....
The reading room is stilling laughing at the stuff Alice Mae was during.....4.9 stars
I was given this book by Goodreads.com { LoP} for my honest review.
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(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Rider on Dec. 03, 2013 :
So this is actually a 4.5 star rating, but only because sometimes the romance aspect annoyed me. Otherwise I absolutely loved this book. Any fan of Alice in Wonderland should check this out. It's a unique take on the classic, and it works really well. I loved the premise, which was very original, loved Alice, loved Ryley, and even loved the Queen (even if she was especially evil). The whole story was so unique, yet still reminiscent of the Alice in Wonderland that I love. I don't always love re-tellings of Alice because I'm a huge fan of the original, but this one was fantastic (and I do not say that lightly). At times, I honestly didn't know what was going to happen.. it surprised me, made me laugh, and had me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole story. Really, I only had an issue with the romance between Ryley and Alice.. not because of their relationship, but because it didn't always make sense. I loved their interactions, and I got the fighting/kissing back and forth but sometimes I felt like there was other more important things that needed to be thought about. However, I did not feel that it detracted from the story.. just maybe needed some tightening up. Overall, really loved this book and I look forward to other things from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Hope Haugstad on Dec. 02, 2013 :
I received a copy through the LOP Read 2 Review group.

First Impression: Alice in Wonderland adaptation? Quirky-looking girl drinking tea on the cover? Yes please!

Characters: Alice Mae is fabulous – I would say she carries the book although her counterpart Ryley seems to be the main protagonist. This reimagining of the famous Alice Liddell is almost as backwards as the Mad Hatter himself. With random wit and phrases I dare say Sarah J. Pepper’s young Alice is better than the original.

Ryley is a 17-year-old from a family with secrets. I found him grow more likeable as the story progressed, and the twist on his character at the end is priceless.

The Queen ‘Hearts’ and her minions are perfectly evil, while the Mad Hatter seems relatively sane this go-round. I think the only depiction I didn’t care for was ‘Chez’ the Cheshire cat. He was just too ordinary.

World Building: Wonderland is wonderful and confusing as always. The travel between worlds is still the rabbit hole, and most of those details haven’t much changed. I appreciate the basics staying the same when it comes to beloved stories.

Writing Style: This is reading at a YA level with hints at PG-13 adult fiction. I appreciate that nothing outright sexual happens – it never sits right with me when teen characters are getting busy. Alice Mae and Ryley have excellent chemistry, and their relationship builds in a way that makes sense. I think my favorite part of this story was the dialogue exchange and subsequent relationship building.

What I liked: The story flowed easily, and I didn’t have to suspend too much disbelief for that to happen. Having read far too many adaptations of Wonderland, I greatly enjoyed not having to follow too many rabbit trails. The ending was positively justified. I was left with that warm feeling in my stomach – as it should be in a fairytale.

Deal Benders: In my opinion, Death of the Mad Hatter would benefit from focusing more as either YA or adult fiction. I say this in the sense of audience – it felt like the author was trying too hard to make the main characters grow up exponentially over the course of two years.

Overall Rating: I gave this story 4 stars because I really enjoyed it, although there was room for improvement. I would definitely read more from this author.

For Fans Of: The original Alice in Wonderland, Gregory Maguire
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: A Michelle on Dec. 01, 2013 :
I received this book thru Lovers of Paranormal fire an honest review. I loved Alice in Wonderland as a child and still to this day so I had to read this. I was hoping it wasn't a bad copy cat story. Sarah J Pepper will not let you down with this book. Its full of action, a believable romance & twists that will blow your mind. You will love this book if you give it a try so go check it out! Thank you again for letting me read and review this awesome read
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: J. Annas Walker on Dec. 01, 2013 :
If you are a Lewis Carroll fan, or even just into the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, this would be a good book for you. All the twists and quirks of Carroll’s characters are retold in a new tale. This isn’t just a remake of a story. This is whole new plot with your favorite people and one you’re sure to fall in love with.

I really enjoyed meeting the boy with a girl’s name and watching him fall in love with the girl with a boy’s name. There were so many twists and turns that really made me wonder if what I was reading was the truth or only carefully disguised lies. I don’t want to give much of the plot away. You’ll need all those details kept secret, if you don’t want the plot spoiled. I will say this. The Queen with a Bleeding Heart is looking to make another head roll, but only because she not the rightful queen!

I found this to be a quick read. Being familiar with Lewis Carroll or the Disney version is really helpful. While the story doesn’t follow the original book plot, you need it for background and to understand the references. At the very least, watch the movie, if you aren’t familiar with the original story. All the characters will make more sense. Other than that bit of advice, this is an excellent book for young adults and teens. If you need a clean, good-spirited story to while away the lunch hour at work, you can’t go wrong here. The language and actions are suitable for a general audience.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: kindlemom on Nov. 30, 2013 :
I love retellings, I always have. I know not many people do because why mess with a classic, they are a classic for a reason right? Okay, true but, I can't help it. I like seeing the spins that authors come up with. Imagining a favorite in a whole new world or a whole new light. Where the innocent become the guilty and the dark become the light.

Even with my love of retellings, I can honestly say that I have only read one other spin on Alice in Wonderland and while I loved and adored it, I was ready for another. So much can be done with the crazy messed up world that Lewis Carroll created, what is not to love about someone else turning it even more dark, even more scary and messed up than it already was?

What I didn't expect was to get a read riddled with the funny as well as the strange. The author truly did come up with a completely new, completely original take on an old classic. One that was a fun ride and one I would happily take again.

I really liked how the story of the Mad Hatter, Ryley's father and Alice were told in flashes (visits from Alice to Wonderland) from the past into the present day. It was done well and made the story more interesting getting those first interesting looks into the Queen (Hearts) and into Wonderland itself not to mention Chez, M.H., the White Rabbit (Mr. Ruth), Genevieve and the Joker.


I loved how crazy Alice was. She was eccentric and smart and so very clever.

This was such a fun tale, such a fun storyline. I really enjoyed how chaotic (in a good way) and crazy it all was. The twists were wonderful and the characters even more so.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Amber Gleisner on Nov. 30, 2013 :
"A world where the impossibilities of our most farfetched dreams come true--that was the essence of Wonderland."
Welcome to a new twist on the story of Alice in Wonderland. I wasn't sure what to expect with this story, but what I got surpassed anything I could have imagined! There are many takes and twists of this age-old classic. One never knows what they will get into with any of them.
In this twisted version we get murder and deceit. A story of a boy and a girl trying to overcome what is expected of them and their pasts.
Alice Mae... she is a prisoner of Wonderland and her past mistakes. It is her job to lure the now deceased king's nephew to Wonderland for the Queen... The Queen, an evil ruler who wants to make sure her reign of Wonderland is secure. Then we have Ryley... "every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a boy's name (or was it a boy with a Girl's name?) who'd end the Reign of Terror."... the heir to the throne of Wonderland.
I couldn't put this book down. I was sucked into the vortex of this complex, yet simple story. I was a willing traveler between the realm of Wonderland and the Otherworld. If you think this is a story that couldn't possibly be an emotional ride, you are wrong. This story is not just about an evil queen wanting to be in complete control. This is a story of a boy and girl building a relationship that could stand the test of time (literally). It is about what one would give up to have that love people dream of. It is about how far people will go to not only do the right thing, but to also right their wrongs.
I laughed and teared up throughout this book. The characters are hard to not love. The twists of the story are complex but easily followed. The writing alone is wondrous. Sarah J Pepper is a true genius and has a very good imaginative and unique writing style that gives this book some extra character!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Satarupa Biswas on Nov. 29, 2013 :
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank Sarah J. Pepper, author of Death of the Mad Hatter, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.

I got this book from Lovers of Paranormal group of Goodreads under the Read to Review Scheme!
I really, really, really enjoyed this read a lot, from my heart. It was mesmerized by this and this read was an otherworldly experience for me, altogether. I read Alice in Wonderland when I was a kid and this book really brought up those memories of that particular winter when I read the original Alice in Wonderland, curled up with my mom on my tiny bed. This story is different yet it has got a similar and known feeling to it. The modernization that the author did to this classic story is really great and I loved the main character Alice.

A great and enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it to all of you book lovers and if you want to relive your moments of reading the classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with a fantastic twist then surely you should go for it and I guarantee you that you would definitely love it. The ending is truly awesome but I’m not going it give it up. So buckle up guys and enter the fantasy world where there are developed and fantastic characters that will draw you in, a well planned out plot and it has a very unique essence to it. The story is fast-paced and a page turner and don’t worry there are major differences between this book and the classic one and you can’t even imagine who much more you’ll get from this story. So get ready for the huge surprise. Enjoy, folks!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa S on Nov. 29, 2013 :
"Wonderland was an intoxicating, magical world where the most farfetched dreams could come true and the impossible was possible."
Where is my rumperbabbit hole? Because I'm going to Wonderland! I loved the characters and how they were just different enough from the original to make it feel like a new story. I loved seeing Alice as a teenager especially her relationship with Ryley. This book is a great mix of fantasy, mystery,and romance. All in all I enjoyed the book and would highly recommend.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from Lovers of Paranormal
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Sadova on Nov. 29, 2013 :
Originally posted on Zemfirka Blogs. {http://zemfirkablogs.blogspot.com/2013/11/book-review-death-of-mad-hatter.html}

Digital review copy provided by author in exchange for fair and honest review.

Back in September I got an email from Sarah with an offer to review her new novel, Death of the Mad Hatter, which comes out this November. I couldn’t refuse; being a fan of Alice in Wonderland I had to check this one out. The description caught my eye at once, and the promise of dark, paranormal romance sealed the deal. I must say I approached it with a bit of skepticism but fell in love with the novel as soon as I started reading. The first few chapters turned into few more chapters and then I barely noticed how I’ve raced through the pages and found myself at the end. It is a really great take on the beloved classic with a twist, worthy of Tim Burton himself and it will leave you craving for more. I can almost see it come to life on the big screen and only wish that Mr. Burton waited to make an Alice retelling till he read Death of the Mad Hatter. But who knows, even impossible can be possible when we are talking about Wonderland…

“Wonderland was an intoxicating, magical world where the most farfetched dreams could come true and the impossible was possible. Conversely, it was a realm where the most daunting nightmares could hurt us until the end of time.” Death of the Mad Hatter (Kindle Location 4670).

Wonderland has been a very dark place since the death of the King but Mad Hatter had a plan. He took on an apprentice to help free the kingdom from the Reign of Terror, only it was the Wrong girl... Blue lipstick, odd dress, and always sucking on her candies, Alice Mae is unique to say the least but she has a plan and a mission to fulfill.

Ryley is quite popular and luck seems to be in his favor as he tries to win affections of the hottest girl in school – Courtney, until Alice Mae makes complete mess of his life. Their kiss is “hypnotic and addictive” but Alice Mae is absolutely the Wrong girl to fall for and their reluctant romance will only lead down the rabbit hole.

“Falling in love with you was like stumbling down a rabbit hole and seeing a magical world.” Death of the Mad Hatter (Kindle Location 3901).

Death of the Mad Hatter is definitely not the story of adventures in a fantasy world of Wonderland you’ve read growing up but is a unique, dark, imaginative, and absolutely fantastic reincarnation. I can’t even classify it under a particular genre – it is of its own magical place. So if you are as much of an Alice fan or simply enjoy a good, dark story with twist and turns that will keep you guessing and a colorful cast of characters then this book is for you. Get it, read it! I simply couldn’t put it down and now am devising a master plan of how to convince Sarah to write a sequel, because Alice Mae, Ryley and crew need another adventure in Wonderland.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ashley N. Pearce on Nov. 29, 2013 :
I found this book very interesting. The story was well written and kept my attention. I liked how the story was told in different perspectives and was never confusing during switches. The characters were both fun and slightly frustrating but that made the story even better. I found the whole concept smart and well thought. Definitely enjoyed the read and would recommend it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Parsons on Nov. 29, 2013 :
I am a HUGE fan of Fairytale Re-telling. I have read quite a few and have a long list of them I plan to read very soon. It is actually a book type I love to read other then YA and Middle Grade. Something about taking the fairytales we loved as kids and twisting them into something new and original giving them a different spin is fascinating to me. I love seeing how the story would go if done different. One of my favorite Fairytales to twist is Alice in Wonderland so when Sarah offered me this book to read and give an honest review I was super excited and couldn't wait to see what her wonderland was like.

Stories about Alice in Wonderland or just Wonderland itself can be a hard book to rewrite. I have seen it done very well. The Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper completely blew me away.

The story revolves around two main characters Alice Mae and Ryley Edward Edgar. I absolutely loved Alice and Ryley, the chemistry they had was amazing it wasn't love at first sight (sort of) they really had to work for it. You can feel the confusion, the pain and the love they had for each other throughout the book. Ryley is your average teenage boy who gets whisked into a world that is complete and utter chaos and he must figure out how to survive in a world he never knew existed. He is adorable and really grows through the book and not from eating or drinking ;)

Alice is a fantastic character, she was my favorite, I loved her madness and how quirky she was. She screamed confusion in the way she talked. She had so many secrets and a big heart that I think she didn't even realize she had and pure innocents. I really think she is a fantastic "Alice" and she was written so well, she is not that Alice you remember but she is fantastic. I was also rather fond of Mr. Ruth but you can meet him yourself when you read the book. He is a very loyal Rumperbabbit :)

The Queen is after Ryley and she will search far and wide for him. She feels threatened and needs him to be eliminated. I think the queen was scary and someone I would not want to cross paths with. The Jack and Joker were just as creepy as you would think an evil person in Wonderland should be. It gave a twist to the book that I haven't seen done and It gave so much to the story. This is not the Alice you read as a kid, it's much darker.

The story is the part that really blew me away. Whatever you know about the original Wonderland put it aside because wow this is such an original take and such an amazing telling of this story. It was so WELL DONE!! Sarah did a fantastic job making wonderland her own, taking a place we all know and making it so different and original but with the same madness and nonsensical chaos that is suppose to come from wonderland. I absolutely loved it and I loved her wonderland. The beginning I was a little confused but as the story progressed and when the present and past come together it become very clear what is going on and all your questions are pretty much answered. The ending was such shock I really didn't see it coming. I think my favorite part of the story was the romance between the two characters or was it the secrets. You know what it was? The entire story, I loved it.

I gave this book 5/5 stars, I recommend this to anyone who loves a great story with fantastic characters, A story that will keep you thinking about it even after you put it down, I'm sure I will be thinking of this 3 months from now and recommending to anyone who will listen to me. I wish the story would continue I really want to spend more time in her version of Wonderland.

I am really looking forward to reading more from Sarah she is a wonderful storyteller and I want to spend more time in the worlds she creates :)

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(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Shannon Maechling on Nov. 29, 2013 :
What woman didn’t love the story of Alice in Wonderland when she was a little girl? I’ve seen and read many different twists of this famous classic and each time I’m amazed at the talent that can take such a distinct and well-known tale and create something new, something fantastical, something . . . wonderfully wonderous – and Pepper has certainly done just that.

In order to possess the ability to write a spin-off worthy of a classic, the author needs to capture the overall essence of the original. So, what are some of the essential elements to Alice in Wonderland? Well, of course there’s the primary characters like the White Rabbit (or Mr. Ruth as the touchy rumperbabbit insists to be addressed), Mad Hatter (aka M.H. – real name unknown), the Queen of Hearts, and let’s not forget the Cheshire Cat (Chez – the embodiment of the true, devious nature of cats everywhere). The uniqueness of Pepper’s tale comes from her integration of the power of candy (say it with me now, “Mmmm, candy…”), the snarky politics, an unwitting heir, and the mysterious-malicious-lying-liar-fated-lover girl with a boy’s name. And don’t even get me started on the delightful yet headache-inducing riddles (can you believe the little buggers waited to unravel themselves until the very end?!?!)! Pepper’s writing style was quirky and bizarre – and after gaining a tenuous grasp of the ever changing ebb and flow, I realized it was the perfect fit for this tale, and I loved it!

A little more info about the tale . . . Ryley, a baseball-jock-slash-physics-student with a wicked delicious bod first meets Alice Mae when she stops him from squashing her stuffed white rumperbabbit one morning. Ryley immediately realizes that Alice Mae isn’t a typical teenage girl (at least she’s nothing like the super-hot-and-desirable-red-head Courtney at his school). Plus, Alice Mae leaves his head spinning when she reveals that she knows about Ryley’s dad – and no one, except Ryley’s mom and best friend Dax, knows the truth about his dad. Despite finally landing a long-sought-after date with Courtney, Ryley realizes he can’t get Alice Mae out of his head. (Which lands Ryley in hot water with Courtney’s BFF, Becky – oh, I hated Becky – the nosy little hussy!) Ryley and Alice Mae discover they hate to love (or is it love to hate) each other. An infuriating relationship slowly builds. Secrets, lies and truths are tangled. A battle of wits ensues. A kiss causes walls to tilt and tiles to glow. Love blooms on pesticide-soaked petals of black-thorned red roses. Will it last? Or will someone lose their heads to Hearts?

Some of my favorite lines from the story are:

Verbal diarrhea, coming out in the form of an “umm,” was my reply. – Ryley
(This one had me rollin’! Seriously, how do you not laugh hysterically when you read the words “verbal diarrhea”!)

The eye shadow was flicked on his eyelids, like he had been trying to recreate donut sprinkles with makeup. – M.H.
(A fine example of the magic and imagery of Pepper’s prose.)

“I do suppose that nicknames hold the utmost significance, at times. Or it is the time that makes the nicknames important.” – M.H.
(This is SO Mad Hatter!)

“A world where the impossibilities of our most farfetched dreams come true—that is the essence of Wonderland.” – M.H.
(Love This. Just. Love This.)

“Frustrating isn’t it? Getting answers to questions you didn’t ask, but are noteworthy nonetheless.” – Ryley
(I think it’s safe to say we’ve all experienced this at some point in our lives!)

“What you think is the truth, and what is reality is not the same.” – the Jack
(So philosophical!)

Death of the Mad Hatter is a whimsical, dark, and gritty ride that will leave you falling down and up, sideways and everyways long after you’ve read the last word. I had never read a book by Sarah J. Pepper before, but after this, she’s definitely on my gotta-read list!

I do believe a sequel is in demand!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Amanda Masters on Nov. 29, 2013 :
Amazing Story! I don't think I have ever read a take on Wonderland that was quite so amusing, disturbing, confusing and wonderful all at the same time! Sarah is an amazingly brilliant author to have come up with a story of this magnitude! I will be having the strangest dreams for days to come after reading this story!

Wonderland, a land of caterpillars, giant flowers and evil queens ready to chop of your head have all made their way into Riley Edgar's life along with the all to very real Alice or Alice Mae as she is called. Riley is sure he starting to go crazy as these things shouldn't be real right?

Alice Mae works for the Queen of hearts, her job bring the boy to Wonderland. Alice Mae believes she has it all planned out, but what she didn't plan on falling for the boy herself. however will she get them out of this one?

it all comes down to the prophecy will they be able to fulfil it? or is it just more crazy Wonderland speak?

I was totally blown away by this book! Sarah is an incredible writer and I couldn't get enough of the story! My favourite character was Alice Mae. She was so weird and you never knew what was she was going to do or say next! she was the best!

You are totally missing out if you don't TBR right now!!! one of the greatest books of 2013!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Christina Gomez on Nov. 29, 2013 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP).

I didn't read Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland but saw the movie! I loved this book! It contained the same imagination, wonder, and craziness that you would expect in Wonderland but with a romantic twist.

If you ever wondered what happened after Alice's trip thru the rabbit hole, this book is for you! Even if you didn't read Caroll's story, you will still enjoy Sarah's version. She paid a lot of homage to the original story while evolving the characters that today's young adults can relate and enjoy.

Sarah provided a well rounded book providing just enough suspense and romance while also containing the Wonderland twisted craziness.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tammy Hale on Nov. 29, 2013 :
Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J Pepper
Scheduled to be released on November 29, 2013

Where do I start, I loved Death of the Mad Hatter, really, really loved it, but then I do love fairy tale retellings. This book has it all, adventure, danger, mystery, love, oh and did I mention it all starts with a prophesy!
I was drawn into the world that Sarah J. Pepper created in Death of a Mad Hatter from the start, I did not want to put it down.
Her characters Alice Mae, Ryley the depraved queen, (is the nicest word I could use to describe her) the Mad Hatter are beautifully written, it was such an enjoyable pleasure to read.

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loved the original, you will not be disappointed.
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: rene migliore on Nov. 29, 2013 :
I was offered the chance to read Death Of The Mad Hatter in return for an honest review. I of course said yes because I love to read interesting books. This was one of the most interesting stories to say the least. Alice in Wonderland had been done, and remade a few times and lastly being with Johnny Depp, but they cannot hold a candle to this story. It is dark, devious, mischievous, captivating and yet still has a romantic twist. There are prophecies, an evil queen, chez the cat, the one eyed white rabbit, the Mad Hatter and many more uniquely written characters. I am not one to divulge the storyline in any of my reviews, so you will just have to read the story! But, I can tell you....it has a few similarities to the original story but it is so remarkably written that it us not a story for children. Sarah Pepper is one of the best authors that I have had the privilege of working with and I can say I cannot wait to do it again! This story demands to be seen on a large screen, and if it does, I will be there every step of the way!!!!

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(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cori Pettrey on Nov. 29, 2013 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal Group on Goodreads).

Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite books. So is Wicked. So this new take on the story seemed right up my alley: a classic with a twist. And twist it did! I don't want to give too much away, but if you are a fan of retellings and/or the original book, I don't think you'll be disappointed in this book in the least!

The story was wonderful, though I couldn't quite decide how I felt about the end. I'm glad that I waited a bit after completing the book to review it. In thinking about it some, I realized that while the end wasn't exactly what I expected, it seemed to fit the story. The end is a bittersweet take on "happily ever after" and I think that makes the book that much more unique. I still can't quite decide if I liked it or not, which is the only thing keeping me from giving 5 stars. I think I echo some other reviewers sentiments that I wouldn't have minded an epilogue with a teeny bit more closure.

All in all, it's a great book--a quick, easy, and fun read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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