Book Review: Red Queen (The Chronicles of Alice #2) by Christina Henry

Title: Red Queen
Author: Christina Henry
Publisher: ACE
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy

           

The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen.
I thought Red Queen was a good book, but it just lacked in comparison to Alice. It was missing all the dark, twisted and gruesome that I loved from Alice.

The first several pages are an excellent recounting of what happened in Alice.

After a wonderful recap of events from Alice, Red Queen's start was very slow. In fact, I found it difficult to get into, especially after reading Alice, and being engaged in that whirlwind of a story. I was expecting Red Queen to begin with more of a bang.

I will tell you that Christina broke my heart on page 33, and that by about page 43, things started getting real interesting, and to story began to pick up.

This book has no chapters. It has a Part One and Part Two, which are basically two giant chapters. This, for me, made the book difficult to read, as I like to pause my reading at the end of chapters.

After reading both Red Queen and Alice, I feel that Alice could have been a stand alone novel. Red Queen was not necessary to finish Alice's tale. Red Queen felt more like a completelty new adventure that Alice and Hatcher took, rather than a continuation from the first book.

I did enjoy this book. I loved Christina Henry's writing and storytelling. I definatley reccomed this book, but just know that it doesn't read exactly the way Alice did.

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