Monday, May 6, 2013
Wonderland by David Matthew Barnes
After her mother loses her battle to cancer, fifteen-year-old Destiny Moore moves from Chicago to Avalon Cove, a mysterious island in South Carolina. There, she starts a new life working part-time as a magician’s assistant and living with her eccentric uncle Fred and his hottie husband, Clark. Destiny is soon befriended by two outcasts, Tasha Gordon and Topher McGentry. She accepts their invitation to accompany them to a place called Wonderland, a former boarding house owned by the enigmatic Adrianna Marveaux. It’s there that Destiny meets and falls in love with Dominic, Tasha becomes enamored with Juliet, and Topher gives his heart to Pablo. When Destiny uncovers the reason she and her friends have really been brought to Wonderland, she’s faced with the most crucial choice of her life.
Wonderland was interesting. I thought it was going to be a retelling of Alice in Wonderland but it wasn’t. I really liked the LGBT aspect of the book. Most of the characters were either gay or bisexual. I find it easier to identify with books about LGBT characters for some reason. The book is a YA book, but I think adults will enjoy it as well. The book teaches that even though the people we love may die, they never really leave us. Destiny loses her mom to cancer, but she still has good memories of her. I liked all of the characters. Even though Bettina was a pain in the ass, I liked her fashion sense. My favorite character was Topher. Even though he faced adversity every day, he never gave up. He could have stopped running and let the bullies catch him but he never did. I hope that the author writes a sequel. I would love to watch everyone’s relationships progress. I would also love to learn more about Bettina and whether or not she does have the gift of sight.
I give Wonderland: 5/5.
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I received a copy of this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.