Mad About the Hatter
Author: Dakota Chase
Series: Mad About the Hatter, book 1
Publisher: Independent (August 20, 2015)
eBook, 190 pages
Romance, Fantasy/paranormal romance, M/M romance
This isn’t his sister’s Wonderland….
Henry never believed his older sister, Alice’s, fantastic tales about the world down the rabbit hole. When he’s whisked away to the bizarre land, his best chance for escape is to ally himself with the person called the Mad Hatter. Hatter—an odd but strangely attractive fellow—just wants to avoid execution. If that means delivering “Boy Alice” to the Queen of Hearts at her Red Castle, Hatter will do what he has to do to stay alive. It doesn’t matter if Henry and Hatter find each other intolerable. They’re stuck with each other.
Along their journey, Henry and Hatter must confront what they’ve always accepted as truth. As dislike grows into tolerance and something like friendship, the young men see the chance for a closer relationship. But Wonderland is a dangerous place, and first they have to get away with their lives.
I love Alice in Wonderland retellings, and yes, okay, I maaaaaaybe romanticize the Mad Hatter a little bit (a lot). This retelling (continuation?) seems to draw from the original books as much as it does the Disney animated andlive action versions. (The descriptions of the Queen reminded me a lot of the Helena Bonham Carter version, not gonna lie.)
Henry is kind of a butt at first – after all, he never believed his big sister Alice’s stories about her adventures in Wonderland. How could you not?! And then I loved Hatter from the very first, and was rooting for him all along. The chemistry between Henry and Hatter was… just okay. I feel like both of them as characters as well as their relationship could have been been more fleshed out and developed, where instead much of the focus of the book is on describing the various regions and residents of Wonderland. There’s a lot of travel and exploration happening and not a whole ton of plot, which made this a fun, light read that was easy to zip through.
If you like the topsy-turvy wackiness of the OG Alice books and the vibe of the original Oz books, this series is definitely for you. There are some things that are pure nonsense but after all, what else would one expect in Wonderland?
This is the first book in the Mad About the Hatter series, and can be read as a stand-alone. But tune in for the next book, Ozmosis, where Henry and Hatter take a journey to Oz!