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Confessions of a Bibliophile

An aspiring writer and bookstore employee with an incredibly bad book-buying habit... I'll read just about anything (so long as it will appeal to my interests in some way), but my main loves are YA and sci-fi/fantasy. I also like quirky history and science books and will book nerd. A lot. Currently in the process of weeding out my personal library. Find me on Twitter @princess_starr or check out my YA book, Snowfall, on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/240027

The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars #1)

The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars #1) - While I love the concept of this book, there are points where I feel like the author wasn’t sure what audience he was writing for. Thematically, it’s a very dark take on the Alice books, complete with elements of steam and cyber-punk and I love the descriptions of the various weaponry. However, Redd and Jack of Diamonds don’t really work as viable antagonists. Redd either evil laughs at every turn and while her childish personality works well for a take on the Red Queen, it comes off as quite childish at points. Jack of Diamonds only exists as a comically fat aristocrat to point and laugh at his ineptitude. However, the setting and thematic elements were enough for me to enjoy the book and even pick up the first sequel.