Book Review: Toxic Wonderland
Mal knew when she entered Wonderland, it would be mad; she was not prepared for it to be toxic and running red with blood.
Mal is a Fixer, a child raised and trained to “fix” broken fairy tales by an organization the Fixers refer to as DeadEnd. Because, once you enter a fairy tale, there’s no getting out.
Mal has been assigned Wonderland. You know Wonderland, the place Alice visited as a child. Wonderland, with a Mad Hatter and a Cheshire Cat. Wonderland, who has consumed twenty-seven Fixers before Mal and has been dubbed “toxic” by the Operators of DeadEnd. But Wonderland needs to be fixed. It’s been toxic so long that every Wonderland story in the real world is being transformed into something entirely not child friendly.
After training for eleven years and studying every re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s classic, Mal leaves the world behind and enters her very own dead-end fairy tale. Well… everything is certainly twisted. The people are broken; the Bloody Queens’ reign has thrown the world into turmoil and upset the balance; and the places are, quite frankly, mad.
At least she found a few mostly sane, entirely gorgeous men to help her along the way. Help her re-write this fairy tale back to its original wonder. And perhaps help her build a life in Wonderland for when she succeeds - because she is determined to do what the other twenty-seven have not been able to.
Everything seemed pretty straight forward, and going pretty smoothly, until she realized the fairy tale she’d been sent in to fix is actually infected by another…
**This is a full-length, new adult, reverse harem, dark romance novel with a ‘why choose’ ending, meaning the main character gets a happily ever after with more than one man. It contains magic, demons, shifters, nonsense, explicit sex scenes, blood, murder. There are references to past emotional abuse. This is a MMFMM book with a STRONG focus on the woman (although there is some MM and MMF in here, too). This is book 1 of 4 in the series.
I have read a few other versions of Alice in Wonderland but I really am digging this spicy version by Crea Reitan. Yet, Mal is not in Wonderland. Nope, she is in Laddenworn. The twisted and corrupted land that was once Wonderland. It is Mal's job to figure out what happened and make things right again.
She meets some very interesting characters along the way. First there is Ache aka White Rabbit. Only Ache has whiteboard abs that you could wash your clothing on. Sorry not sorry for the "Dad" joke. Then there are Ryph and Eagy, whom Mal spends majority of the time with on her journey. I really grew close to the both of them.
This version of the Chestershire Cat aka Chesh is just as witty but sexy as well and finally there is Wyat, a gargoyle. He is built if you know what I mean. Yet this would not be Laddenworn if there was not a Jabberwock that the group has to battle.
I can't wait to continue this series to see how it progresses. Plus, there was so much spice in this book that I imagine it will only get spicer from here on forward.
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