Book Review: Alistair in Wonderland by Ariella Zoelle

Alistair in Wonderland

Author: Ariella Zoella
Series: Wonderland Ever After, book 1
Publisher: Independent (October 21, 2022)
Kindle edition,283 pages
Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal romance, M/M romance
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Summary

Alistair falls down the rabbit hole and becomes the new Alice. Can he save Wonderland’s magic by falling in love with his fated mate?

My life sucks until Bianco shows up. He’s a gorgeous albino who promises me a fun adventure while looking like a handsome prince from a fairy tale. I happily follow him down the rabbit hole in the hopes of getting up to some sexy shenanigans.

Imagine my shock when I discover he’s the famous White Rabbit from the books and one of the last shifters left in Wonderland! Even more surprising is finding out I’m a descendant of the original Alice, which means I’m the only person who can bring the missing magic back to their world.

That’s all well and good, but our incredible chemistry is highly distracting. It’s impossible to resist our intense attraction when I’m his fated mate, so why bother trying? But maybe there’s a way to have it all.

What if forming a mating bond with Bianco is the way to make all my dreams come true and save Wonderland at the same time?

Alistair in Wonderland is the first book in the Wonderland Ever After series. This sweet-with-heat MM paranormal fantasy romance features affectionate shifters, fated mates, and a magical gay romance. These books have hilarious characters to adore, a lot of sexy fun times, and no angst love stories that make you laugh and swoon. Escape into this Wonderland full of whimsy, where everyone gets a HEA without cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone but is best enjoyed in order.

Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

When I read the opening scene of Alistair in Wonderland, I sort of groaned internally and went “oh no, is this a sexy harem retelling of Alice in Wonderland?” And while it IS an Alice retelling (or continuation?), and it is certainly very sexy, it was (refreshingly) NOT a harem romance. There are a bunch of (obviously supernaturally attractive) side characters, and I can’t wait to get the stories for all of them!

I didn’t 100% vibe with the writing style in this book, and with the plot seeming a bit thin and the sex scenes being rather gratuitous this book sort of teeters on the edge between romance and erotica. That being said, I was so interested in this version of Wonderland that Ariella Zoelle bit – and all the magical, intriguing characters there – that I was compelled to keep reading. I really love the concept of the animal characters Alice encounters in Wonderland being shifters who thought their animal forms would be less intimidating for a little girl. It opens up a LOT more relationship/couple opportunities – something Ariella Zoelle really seems to have seized on here!

While I’m not into the White Rabbit, I found the character of Bianco intriguing. Honestly I probably appreciated this first book in the Wonderland Ever After series as the set-up for the romantic arcs for the other characters playing side roles in this one. Will Cheshire and the King of Hearts be able to resolve their star-crossed-lovers situation? Will Hatter and Vivalter (aka Caterpillar, though he is a BUTTERFLY now, thank you) ever realize they’re WAY more than just friends? Who will be March’s fated mate? I NEED TO KNOW!

This is the first book in the Wonderland Ever After series and can be read as a standalone. That being said, I’m very excited for book two, Cheshire in Heartsland (bet you can’t guess who that one is about!), as well as hoping for Vivalter and Hatter’s and March’s books.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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