About the Book
Book: Madness in Wonderland
Author: Tabitha Bouldin
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Christian
Release date: March 8, 2022
Wonderland is in trouble.
Under the rule of the Red Queen, Wonderland is under constant threat. In fear for her throne, children are taken into the queen’s army and only the strongest survive.
Alice is nothing but a pirate, but with the help of Hatter, they hatch a plan to sneak into the Red Queen’s palace to free Hatter’s sister. After all, Alice has always wanted to fly an airship.
Dr. Frank N. Stein has created an army of automatons to serve their queen. Of particular note: a prototype soldier. Part man. Part machine. The best of both worlds.
Doc’s monster is a threat to everything they know, but Alice sees something in the man that begs she look beyond what he’s done and search out the heart of the beast for the better of the realm.
He’s their only hope of survival, but how can a monster learn to love when all he’s known is hate?
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About the Author
Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.
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Madness in Wonderland is a story of found family, good versus evil, rambunctious heroines and strong heroes who are not afraid to leap across airships for their people.
Trust me when I say I’ve tested their loyalty.
I put the Wonder’s crew through so much I started feeling sorry for them. Then I had another airship shoot at them with their cannons. That’s when I knew this story was not only a source of entertainment for me, but it was also challenging me. Madness forced me to become a better writer. Each page demanded my full attention if I wanted to have any hope of catching the true vibes of the story and bringing them to the page.
When I first started writing Madness, I had a rough idea of what I wanted. Evil Queen. Check. Alice as a tough but loving heroine. Check. Frankenstein’s monster. Check. (What’s Wonderland without a little havoc?)
Then the characters took over the story.
Frankenstein’s monster didn’t want to be a monster.
Hatter wanted to be more than a mad side character.
Alice wanted everyone to get along without losing another crew member.
Meeting their demands was a challenge and the story shifted from a whimsical fairy tale to something more. It dove deeper than I planned and showed me that I can do hard things too.
The imagination and creativity of this author shines in this tale with a twist. Alice In Wonderland meets steampunk where nothing is what you thought you knew of the fairy tale. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland and even played her in high school. Her character is unique and quirky in a way that attracts the curious to her. I loved how determined she was to not only save Hatter’s sister but to save the monster that everyone mistrusted. Beneath the surface, Alice saw more than evil.
The nod to space is evident in the transportation used in the story. I could easily picture the airship with all its gears flying around commanding power and recognition. With chaos aboard it is a fight to see who will win in their quest for victory. As the characters decide who will be win one statement stood out to me. Chess makes it clear that “If the Maker can forgive one like me, He can forgive anyone.” What a shock this was to the Hatter. Do we think that some people don’t deserve to be forgiven? It is an argument that travels around the airship as the characters debate who should have a clean slate.
Among all the action going on, the author gives us lessons we may have overlooked in our lives. I have never heard of an unbirthday gift. But oh my does it resonate within me. Have you ever received a gift from someone just because ? Maybe they wanted you to know how much they care or were thinking of you. That readers, is an unbirthday gift. Those are the ones we hold dear because it was given with compassion and no expectations.
Greed, jealousy and power overtake characters in this story that has its share of danger and adventure. I loved how the author creates a theme of feeling rejected and slowly heal from the wounds of feeling worthless. The story is not with a few surprises which had me focused on what was to happen next. With madness happening in front of Alice will she be able to save herself? Can she depend on others to discover the truth and set her free? Grab a copy of this book to discover what happens to Alice and experience the battle of free will.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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