Title: The Hatter’s Wife
Author: Anna B. Madrise
Publisher: Black Quill Enterprises
Date of publication: February 1st, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folklore
Number of pages: 89
POV: 1st person
Where you can find this book: Amazon
Maddie Milner is mad.
She’s mad about being left behind in the town of Topside and mad about not being mad enough to go that…that…place.
But most of all, Maddie’s mad to get her husband back – the Hatter – whose been stuck at a never-ending tea-party somewhere in the depths of Wonderland.
With time finally, on her side, Maddie is determined to find a way into that…that…place – to save her husband, and make them all pay…especially, the Queen of Hearts.
Maddie was left behind.
She hasn’t forgotten.
Now she wants revenge.
I absolutely loved The Hatter’s Wife. Written in 1st person, you are taken through Wonderland while Mad Maddie Milner searches for her husband, Tippery Milner….aka The Mad Hatter.
As a fan of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (I have read both), I appreciate how closely the author followed those stories but at the same time put her own spin on them. I liked that the Mad Hatter had a wife who missed him and was willing to do anything to get him back.
Maddie Milner was hilarious. She was very focused on getting her husband back from Wonderland and had to do some insane things to even get into Wonderland from Topside. To get there involved a yew tree, a pocket watch and a piece of chalk.
What I liked the most about Maddie is that she was unabashedly snarky and she admits, right in the beginning, that the story she is telling is being told to someone in her head. As with most Wonderland/Topside residents, she isn’t really all there….lol.
Her adventure, once she gets to Wonderland, was truly that, an adventure and of course, here I am laughing during it all. I will say this, the Queen of Hearts did get what was coming to her. I never liked her, even when I read the original books.
The end of the book was very interesting and I believe it couldn’t have been more perfect for this story. I do hope that the author takes another trip into Topside/Wonderland again!!
How many stars will I give The Hatter’s Wife: 5
Why: I loved reading this short story about Wonderland. The author did a great job of creating new characters that were based on the original characters in Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. The snarkiness of this book was fantastic too, as well as the play of words. Like I said above, I had to reread chapters because of the wordage and laughed while I was doing it.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Older teen (16+)
Why: No sex or language. But there is violence.
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**