A friend brought this book to my attention. As soon as the words Alice in Wonderland came out of her mouth I knew I had to read this book. I love retellings of my favorite stories. Cameron Jace has taken Alice In Wonderland and brought it to modern day. He has created a world that is mad, dark, twisted and holds some horrors. Insanity draws you in from the very first page, it had me reading non stop until I finished the book. This book left me wanting more, wanting the next book, wanting to know what happens next. Cameron Jace's characters are well developed, and has you rooting for/or against your favorite characters.
This story follows Alice Wonder, she doesn't know who she is or why she is in an asylum. Shock therapies have left her with no recollection of her past. Her only friend, a flower in a pot, whose named Tiger Lily. Alice tries to escape from the asylum and fails. This is where she is introduce to Professor Carter Pillar a serial killer serving his sentence in the asylum, he has been commissioned by the police force to help find and capture a new serial killer "The Cheshire Cat" whom is at large. He has requested Alice as his assistant. Professor Pillar is filling Alice in on the Wonderland Monsters, and who she really is, even if she thinks it's completely mad.
Cameron Jace's way of introducing the Wonderland characters as an alter ego in the modern day, had me looking forward to meeting other Wonderlanders. Like the Cheshire, was a very interesting character and how evil he was, Alice thinking she was really mad for thinking Wonderland may just in fact be real, and Professor Pillar being absolutely crazy. But all the characters fit with the book and if you changed them in the slightest it would change the book completely.
Insanity lives up to its' name, it is purely insane. I would recommend this book to everyone. You will have so many questions while reading this book, and wonderings of what will happen. Trying to solve the mystery along the way of reading this book and looking for clues was fun, it keeps you interested, sadly I did not guess right at the end. I cannot wait to get my hands on the remaining books in this series I have not read yet and let you know what I think of them.
With How the Dead Lie as my introduction to Havenwood Falls. Stacey takes you on a journey through a town of all things paranormal, and introduces you to characters, not just from her story but from other stories. I know I want to learn more about the town and how it came to be a haven of sorts for the paranormal.
How the Dead Lie is captivating and thrilling. It's a paranormal mystery. It has Stacey's witty humor and well developed characters. As always there are many twist and turns you don't see coming. I have stopped trying to guess where Stacey will lead you in a book, because nine times out of ten she will head you in a completely different direction which has your jaw hanging open.
Octavia our necromancer, has had a rough go at life, always jumping towns when people find out about her abilities and or trying to use her for their gain. On her travels she has wandered into the town of Havenwood Falls, a place where she could settle down at. The city council is alerted when someone new comes into their borders. To become a permanent resident she is put on probation so to speak for 90 days and cannot use any dark magic. They also set her up with a job at a butcher shop. A necromancer working in a butcher shop what could go wrong? Will there be zombie cows? Nope just little undead pig named Bacon. I love Bacon, no seriously the pig named Bacon.
She is so close to becoming a permanent resident when the unthinkable happens, she accidently used her powers to bring back a body that was in the freezer of the butcher shop. Thinking someone in the town is trying to chase her out. She along with the help of Willie (undead deadman she brought back to life) are going to find who could possibly want her gone. The adventure these two go on had me laughing out loud, and rooting for her to find happiness and a place to belong.
So who is trying to get her out of town? I am not giving spoilers at to who left the body. I may have given one, or two, however its a very quick read, and you will know in no time at all. You have to read it. You will not be dissapointed. I look forward to the next book. I do hope it is longer because I want to know everything there is to know about Octavia, and her pet pig Bacon.
I had the pleasure of meeting T.J. London at this years (2018) Once Upon A Book Author Signing. She was talking with Stacey Rourke and when she was talking about her book The Tory, I knew I had to get myself a copy. I like historical fictions. I am not familiar with history, but I do like learning about it in a more creative ways than from a textbook, ie, movies or books, mostly books.
T.J. London's written word and the way she described this book, created a world that drew me in. From page one I was engrossed with learning more. Captain John Carlisle is the lead male character in The Tory, he is an English Army Officer. He was banished, for reasons unknown, because of banishment he became a drunk amongst other things. General Howe has called upon John, knowing his past works with creating maps, and knowing the Oneida territory, he offers John to go undercover. Howe wants John to befriend the Oneida tribes, having them sign a peace treaty with Britain. In return for John taking this mission he will be granted his rank and social status, he once was accustomed too.
With John's new identity in place, he heads to the Oneida territory, his men have secured lodging and set his story into motion. Dellis (Daylis) the lead heroine who is the Innkeeper where John and his team are staying. She half Oneida and John uses this as a way to gain the trust of her people. Her grandfather is the Chief of one of the smaller Oneida tribes. John is unaware at first, their pasts are linked together, and when he becomes aware he grows an even more fondness of Dellis.
The Tory is not a romance book, but there is a romance plot in the story. John and Dellis has a romance that is not forced but one that grows, and each find themselves having feelings for one another. He is truly trying to be better of a man, an even better man than before his banishment. The town sees Dellis as not pure and he wants to keep her honor by doing right by her and for her.
The Tory is very much a historical book and to have little bits of elements you can relate to makes it a very interesting read. It did take me a few days to read, but it never lost my interest. I caught myself when doing house work, my mind would come back to wondering where the story was going to go next. I had to stop reading at one section, getting called away for the kids most likely, and of course I was just getting ready to find out some vital information. I was annoyed but came right back to find out what happened. You know that it's a good book when you get annoyed by being interrupted from reading. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a Historical Fiction. I look forward to reading the next book, The Traitor.