The Jack prophesied: If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.
Heads would Roll… Hearts would Break… In the end, would it matter who Reigned?
Ryley has a secret that nobody knows, and he doesn’t want any of his friends to find out. His dad is not dead, but locked in a mental institution. Unfortunately, the new girl in school, Alice Mae, knows something. Ryley cannot stand Alice Mae, with her strange clothes and her annoying personality, but he is drawn to her for some strange reason. He wants to talk with her because she claims to know things about his father that she does not know and finds he cannot keep her out of his mind. Alice Mae is on a mission from the queen of Wonderland, Hearts, she is to bring the son of Robert Edgar to her so that she can kill him. Alice is confused by what she is feeling for Ryley, but knows she has to do her job. Wonderland will never be the same if these two do not complete the prophecy as it is written.
This book was a clever twist on Alice in Wonderland. With teen characters, and a twisted background of Wonderland, this story is a page turner. The way the characters play along with the true story, and the added back story it makes the story come to life in a totally different way. I enjoyed the way Alice is not just a girl who falls into the story, but part of the Queen of Hearts plan to reign forever. Great teen read, for those that like twisted fairy tale type stories.