Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review: Insanity by Cameron Jace

Insanity (Insanity #1) (Mad in Wonderland) by Cameron Jace
YA, Fantasy, Horror
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 After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll's paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland's real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.

Alice in Wonderland takes a darker turn as we see Wonderland and Alice herself in a whole new perspective.

I honestly liked the book. There are a lot of storytime books where the authors put a modern twist to it, bringing our beloved childhood characters into the 21st century. Insanity took it to a whole new level.

The style of the story reminds me a little of the movie Gothika in terms of the heroine being placed in a mental institution without her recalling the reasons why she was there in the first place. At that point onwards, the book had me hooked and curious in the sense that I was wondering the connection of the Classic story with regard to Alice Wonder's life. The dark theme also reminds me of the game patterned on the original story itself, American McGee's Alice.

I honestly can't wait for the second book and see whether everything was just in Alice's head or there's more to everything than it just being a figment of her imagination.
I SAY...


Cameron Jace is bestselling author of the Grimm Diaries and Insanity series. A graduate of the college of Architecture, collector of out-of-print books, and obsessed with the origins of folk tales and the mysterious storytellers who spread them. Three of his books made Amazon's Top 100 Customer Favorites in Kindle 2013 & Amazon's Top 100 kindle list. Cameron lives in California with his girlfriend. When he isn't writing or collecting books, he is playing music.

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  1. Oh, wow, now this is a totally different take on Alice in Wonderland! :D

  2. Oh my! This is so far the best book that's taken from Alice in Wonderland. How many stars out of five would you rate it? I can't freaking wait to have a copy of this. Thanks for putting this on my radar. BTW, new Bloglovin' and GFC follower here. <3 Yani @ www.paperboulevard.com

  3. Heya Yani! Get a copy now! It's really good and a really different take from the original. Thanks for following <3 I'm now following your blog too. Hope to see you around. ^^

  4. Wasn't this good?! I have a MASSIVE obsession with Alice In Wonderland, and Insanity was just fantastic! Great review and new follower via GFC and Bloglovin!!

    Ella @ Once Upon a Bookish Time

  5. Yes! And it's definitely mind-boggling. Thanks so much for reading and following :)


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