Book Review: Down the Rabbit Hole by J.D. Robb

Title: Down the Rabbit Hole
Author: J.D. Robb
Publisher: Jove
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Pages: 432
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Sci Fi

You’re late for a very important date...
Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.
Don’t be afraid to follow them…

* * NO RATING * * 

I really wanted to love this book. I love everything Alice in Wonderland, so when I saw this title, I just knew I needed to have it. Not only was it Alice in Wonderland themed, but it was also a collection of short stories. Win win, right?

Wrong. This bad boy was just not for me.

Let's take it one story at a time.

Wonderment in Death by J. D. Robb
Wonderment started out amazing. Completely twisted. Just how I love my Alice in Wonderland retellings. However, as events started to unfold, I felt more and more like I was missing something. I was following along well enough, but I was confused about a lot of the word choices and how several of the characters seemed to know one another. Come to find out that Wonderment takes place in a world already established by the author in their In Death series, which, coincidentally, has 42 books in the series! When cars started hovering and floating and being able to fly, I knew that I had missed the boat somewhere.

Alice and the Earl in Wonderland by Mary Blayney
Here is another short story that I wanted to love. This installment was not only going to give me Alice in Wonderland, but I was going to get time travel too! Oh yeah! Count me in! The author of this short story was even kind enough to include some background on the characters before giving us the story to read. However, as with Wonderment, this story assumes that you have the background knowledge contained in her Pennistan series. Not only that, but when our two protagonists travel from 1805 to 2005, neither of them misses a beat, not even when there is mention of sex changes. Alice simply wants to know which switch is more popular.

And this is where I gave up. I did skim through the other short stories, but none of them help my interest enough for me to read them. Not only that, but there really weren't any Alice in Wonderland connections in any of the short stories. Naming some characters after the characters in Alice in Wonderland does not make a story Alice in Wonderlandesque.Yes, I did just make that word up!

Here are the last three titles in this bind up:
**These three stories are not connected to a series, so they can be read as sand alones, unlike Wonderment and Alice and the Earl in Wonderland.**
iLove by Elaine Fox
A True Heart by Mary Kay McComas
Fallen by R.C. Ryan


  1. This sounds really good. I love the idea on a new spin of an old story.


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