Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase

25926238Title: Mad About the Hatter
Author: Dakota Chase
Published: August 20, 2015
Pages: 190
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Henry refused to believe the stories his sister, Alice, would tell about visiting a place called “Wonderland.” After all, there was no way that such a place could exist. Yet, she insisted, and her insistence only served to drive a wedge right through their entire family. But when he finds himself suddenly in an unfamiliar place, he remembers that his sister told him to “find the Hatter.” He’s not sure what it means, and when Hatter arrives he thinks he may just regret asking after him, but it’s all he has to work with.

Hatter–yes, that Hatter–faces certain execution. The Red Queen has made it clear she wants his head to roll, and there seems to be no escape. But when the Queen learns of the presence of “Boy Alice” in Wonderland, Hatter may just have the opportunity to do her a favor and save his head…literally. And why wouldn’t he gladly serve up the cantankerous “Boy Alice” to do just that.

But can Hatter really give someone else up to save himself? And might Henry’s first impressions of the Hatter soften as they journey together through this strange land? Regardless, both Henry and the Hatter are about to learn there is much more to this situation than either of them ever could have imagined.

I absolutely love a well-written retelling of a classic tale. While this isn’t a “retelling” per se, but a reimagining of the world of Wonderland and what happened after Alice left for the last time, it hits all the right points for me. There’s humor, suspense, adventure, romance…and it’s all woven seamlessly together in a truly organic way.

There is a need for high quality LGBT YA, and this book is one that helps fill that need. This is a story that I think is enjoyable for all ages, but it’s one that I particularly think teenagers would find appealing. Dakota Chase demonstrates a creativity and an original voice here that truly stands out. I look forward to more from this author, for sure!

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]