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After Alice ...

Splintered by A.G. Howard (Abrams, 1419704281)  is a mesmerizing YA novel that just came out on January 1st and is a fantastic read! It is along the lines of Michael Buckley's The Sisters Grimm series. Both a tribute to and a continuation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, (available from Dover Publications, 0486416585) Howard plays with the dark undertones in Carroll’s novels and draws inspiration from his real life muse, Alice Lidell.

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Howard's debut novel produces a hatter who is just a bit madder, a Moth King who spouts red herrings and flies on gossamer wings,  and a Wonderland that is macabre but grand, alluring but perhaps just a sleight of hand. You’ll be drawn into the story by nostalgia, but you’ll soon fall head over heels down the rabbit hole, eagerly navigating the plots surprising twists and turns.

Alyssa Gardner is your typical skateboarding, rainbow-hair-extension-wearing, sixteen year old girl... except that she is Alice Lidell’s great, great, great granddaughter and her mother is in an insane asylum. Alyssa is concerned that she has inherited the family curse – hearing talking plants and insects can make you a bit paranoid after all. She follows her delusions through the looking glass to save her mother from madness by breaking the curse and fixing everything Alice once put amok. Upon arrival in Wonderland, she discovers that her over-protective crush, Jeb, has followed her on this adventure, and she must rely on the alluring but devious King Morpheus, to guide her on a magical mission.

At its heart, Splintered is a quirky coming-of-age story with a vivacious cast of characters.  Alyssa must grapple with the challenges of growing up which is confusing when you can’t decide who you trust, if you like the good boy or the bad boy, or even who you are.  In the end, will Alice be able to break the curse, fix Wonderland, and get herself and Jeb back home … with their heads still intact?

bk-CarrollBestOfLewisCarrollNot only is this story enchanting and whimsical, but it inspired me to read The Best of Lewis Carroll (Book Sales, 0785813268)  - some of my all time favourites - all over again. Howard's descriptions are vivid and draw on Steampunk, Gothic, and Tim Burton imagery, and her Splintered Pinterest boards are gorgeous!

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The New Snow White

Everyone knows the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It was and still is a Disney classic. This is not that story. This is the story of Snow White & The Huntsman. Publisher: Hachette Book Group ISBN: 9780316213271 CAD $13.99

With a breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale, Snow White must find her own happy ending.

In this twisted new version, in order to keep her magic and beauty from dying, the evil Queen Ravenna must consume a heart that is pure! She sends the Huntsman into the Dark Forest to retrieve Snow White after she flees the kingdom. But will he kill her? Or train her to become the greatest warrior the kingdom has ever known?

Make sure you go and see the major motion picture based on this story, in theaters now!

What's your take on the new Snow White? Let us know!

Timeless stories, fashion-forward design!

I fell in love with these books the moment I laid eyes on them. With French flaps and beautiful covers featuring period inspired clothing - the books spoke to me.  They represent the perfect example of why I could never truly fall in love with the eBook experience.  What aesthetically charged individual wouldn't want this eye candy on their bookshelf or night stand?  I especially love the font (which was pulled from a recent Marc Jacobs campagin) which contrasts so boldly with the classic watercolour  sketches by Sara Singh (whose work has appeared in such prominent publications as Vogue, the New York Times, and House Beautiful)- absolute perfection.  I envision seeing many a high-school/uni student with their nose in one of these editions come September!

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte (9781402785337; $9.95 CAN)

Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen (9781402785306; $9.95 CAN)

Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen (9781402785313; $9.95 CAN)

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte (9781402787362; $9.95 CAN)