Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.
If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.
I am going to take a moment to fangirl over the fact that this cover is so pretty and that my man Morpheus is on front of it.
I was really scared to read this book because many people had been saying they didn’t like it that much. I was devastated before I even picked this one up because I love Morpheus and I didn’t want to be let down reading a book that was featuring him.
I’m so glad that I finally did read this one though because I ended up highly enjoying it. I guess I just let the opinions of others invade my mind and let it get out of hand because I do not feel the way many readers did when reading this one. In fact I thought this one was even better than the first book for the fact that we get to see all three main characters growing up and changing. I loved that Alyssa is forced to face her Netherling self and what she wants to do about living in the human world with a slew of powers and a touch of madness. In addition I also felt that Jeb was very different than the boy we saw in the first book. I certainly feel as if he grew up fast and had his mind set on adult adventures already and I loved that he was this artistic man who had a passion and wanted Alyssa to enjoy everything he had to offer.
Aside from both of them we can’t have a book in this series without mentioning Morpheus. I loved him in the first book and I love him even more now that we were able to see more of him and his side of the world they live in. I feel that in this book we are able to better understand Morpheus and see his side of things. I love how witty he is as well as the lengths he is willing to go in order to win over Alyssa. His antics just amuse me and make me so happy. I would be a Morpheus girl if I was Alyssa.
Overall I really enjoyed this book because it was a book that allowed us to see more of Alyssa and Morpheus. To understand the two of them as well as their unique relationship with each other. I felt that to some this book might seem slower in pace and that there isn’t some big battle between good and evil. This book is more about a personal battle and the struggles that Alyssa goes through in order to figure out how she is going to live her life and which side she wants to reside on. I loved the internal battles in this one that really allowed for a lot of character growth.