BOOK REVIEW: Falling For Alice by Dawn Dalton, Shari Green, Denise Jaden, Kitty Kestwick and Cady Vance

FFA-front-cover Title: Falling for Alice

Author: Dawn Dalton, Shari Green, Denise Jaden, Kitty Kestwick and Cady Vance

Publisher: Vine Leaves Press

Publication Date: April 24, 2015

Format: eARC, 110 pages

Source: Received from the author

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

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In celebration of the 150 years of Alice in Wonderland, five Young adult authors took on a different tack to retell the classic tale. The book is an anthology of 5 short stories, now let us follow the rabbit down the hole and relive the world where people have fallen under the spell.


​New Alice. New Wonderland. New stories ​to love. From ​the modern Alice dumped in the Aquarian ​Age of the late sixties, to the ​present day Alice, tormented by body image and emotional issues, to the Alice of the future, launched forward through time and space, FALLING FOR ALICE offers five fresh takes on ​Lewis​ Carroll’s classic tale. For 150 years, people all over the world have fallen under Alice in Wonderland’s spell. ​Now, follow five Young Adult authors down the rabbit hole to discover Alice like you’ve never seen her before. One thing is certain—this is not your mother’s Alice.


Drunk by Dawn Dalton

The story is more on the gloomier side. But you have nothing to worry about that. Along the story, the reader can actually feel Alice’s self-doubt, fear of what will happen and the voices inside her head that made her even more scared.

“Her body feels like lead.Not brittle like her broken pencil, heavy like bricks and boulders.”

It is apparent in the story how she shuts herself from the world she barely keeps up and pushes people away who actually cares for her. From the very first part of the story, you can tell that it is all about a girl who’s mad, angry, depressed and confused at the same time. Thumbs up for Ms. Dalton, who has a gift of writing a character that is both troubled and intriguing at the same time.

White Rabbit Rx by Denise Jaden

In this story, Alice struggles to live her daily life despite her most talked about weight gain. Due to the necessity she feels to be accepted again by the people surrounding her, she then looks for a quick solution to solve her problem.

“Sometimes people like us for the wrong reasons.”

I was shaking my head a bit when that part came. I truly think that it doesn’t matter how people look at you, but what matters most is what’s inside of you. But later on I contemplated that Ms. Denise addressed a topic that is, how much a person struggles to belong in a society who completely shut her off with it’s upsetting customs. At the end, she learned now when people are being genuine towards her or not. She learned to love herself, not to change her body for other people’s liking.

Alice at Woodstock by Shari Green

Out of all the five stories, this has to be my favorite. Alice, a struggling teenager and musician was transported back to 1960’s and landed at Woodstock. I find it similar with the PJO series, when Percy and his gang was stuck at the Lotus Flower Hotel, where the people are still living at the year 1977.  Throughout the development of the character, the story sent a clear message of the significance of loving yourself.

“Who we think we are is influenced by who others think we are.”

You don’t have to live your life thinking about what they think, but how you genuinely are as a person is more important.

Wormhole to Wonderland by Kitty Kestwick

The story is on a futuristic setting, yet it didn’t sway from the original one.

“I felt free finally on an adventure of my own.”

I love how Ms. Kitty put space-age touches to the story. I also love how the simple parts of story addresses the effort of the last of human race to save literature for the next generations. It is a well-written one that could pass as a novel, and I will support Ms. Kitty if she ever does that! 🙂

Wonder in the Stars by Cady Vance

The story tells about a girl named Alice who learned her true self while she was in space. Literally. At first I wondered what she was doing, but the reason behind it both touched and surprised me. She came to space for a particular reason but found more.

“He explained how the sky stretches out to infinity, how our home is just a tiny fish in the cosmic sea.”

The story directed the importance of holding on to your dreams, and how heartbreaks teaches us a lesson, and again how Alice saved Wonder.

I honestly love how all the authors viewed Alice as a tough heroine on all five stories. It is a beautiful retelling of a classic piece that would lead any reader down the rabbit hole, and see for themselves the magic and mystery that is Wonderland. And Falling for Alice brought me there.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS: dawn dalton final

Dawn Dalton is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor and communications specialist. Her short story, THREAD OF THE PAST was included in the SPIRITED anthology (Leap Books, 2012) and her novel, KILLER INSTINCT, (Leap Books, 2013), co-written with Judith Graves, was nominated for the Silver Falchion award. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she’s geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff and their giant English Mastiff, Roarke. Dawn also writes contemporary Young Adult under the last name IUS. ANNE & HENRY debuts September 2015 from Simon Pulse. Visit Dawn online at or follow her on Twitter @dawnmius or @dawn_dalton.


ALICE is thirsty—and no matter how much she drinks, nothing can satiate her need. But when she meets Lewis, the tall, scary boy with the cat-like hazel eyes, her emotions spiral out of control. Is he the cure to her thirst—or the final catalyst that will send Alice down the rabbit hole of madness?

denise  Denise Jaden’s novels have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of America, Inspy, and SCBWI. The first draft of her debut novel, LOSING FAITH (Simon & Schuster), was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo, and she loves talking with writers and students about her fast drafting process. Jaden’s other young adult novels include NEVER ENOUGH (Simon & Schuster) and FOREIGN EXCHANGE (an Editor’s Pick from Evernight Teen). Her non-fiction books for writers include, WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART and FAST FICTION. Find out more at


In a desperate attempt to lose weight, Alice takes an experimental drug, WHITE RABBIT, which comes with side effects like heightened senses and the chance to see who her true friends are…and are not.

kitty    Kitty Keswick adores writing YA short stories almost as much as novels. Kirkus named her short story DEATH BECOMES HER,”Among the Standouts,” in the SPIRITED anthology (Leap Books, 2012). Her short story MY PROM DATE’S A VAMPIRE was published oringially by The Wild Rose Press (2008) the rights were bought by Leap Books (2009). Her debut young adult paranormal, FREAKSVILLE (2010) was one of the inaugural novels that launched Leap Books. Her second novel FURRY & FREAKED is due out in late 2015. She’s a professed anglophile and once spent a blissful month touring crumbling ruins in the UK. She loves twisting fairy tales with history, lives for make believe and even has a fairy door or two in her home. Kitty now resides fifteen miles inland from the sea with her hubby, stepson and a very lucky black cat. She can often be found dipping her toes in the moody waters of the west coast. Visit her blog at


The year is 2114. Alice is one of the elite humans chosen to repopulate a New Earth, traveling onboard the Starship Jabberwocky, to Kepler¬-22b a planet six hundred light years from Earth in the Cygnus Constellation. The Originators blended her DNA with that of famous authors to produce a perfect human, each with a specific job needed to make their new home habitable. Humans are flawed by nature. Alice’s creative and curious character isn’t something they planned. She longs for adventure far beyond the confines of her plastic, metal and glass world and doesn’t fit their drone mold. When flashes of disturbing images clog her memories, Alice is desperate to do anything, to go anywhere, to find the answers. Even if it means losing her mind.

shari green

Shari Green writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction and occasionally masquerades as a poet. Her first novel for teens, FOLLOWING CHELSEA, was released by Evernight Teen in Fall 2014. When she’s not glued to her laptop, Shari can often be found wandering in a blissful daze on the beach near her home on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Visit her online at


Seventeen-year-old Alice’s punk band Mad Cat is primed for its inaugural tour, when the other members—including Alice’s boyfriend—team up and cut her from the band. Humiliated and raging-mad, Alice stashes her guitar in the back of a closet and retreats from both music and social life. But when she falls down a proverbial rabbit hole, landing in the midst of the largest peace-and-music event in history, Alice must confront the question that’s been eating at her all summer: if she isn’t a musician, who is she?


Cady Vance is the author of Young Adult and New Adult speculative fiction, including BONE DRY, NEVER SLEEP and CLASH. After growing up in small town Tennessee, she decided to embark on a grand adventure by packing up her bags and moving to NYC. Now, she studies for her PhD in the UK and dreams of seeing the universe. Visit her website at or follow her on


When Alice Dodgson’s long-term boyfriend, Wyatt, enrols in the first teen program to spend six months aboard the international space station Wonder, Alice is quick to sign up so she can join him on his epic adventure. But Wyatt breaks up with Alice just after launch, and she’s left to navigate this strange new world of zero gravity alone.


6 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Falling For Alice by Dawn Dalton, Shari Green, Denise Jaden, Kitty Kestwick and Cady Vance

  1. Oo, not heard of this one, but I love anything Alice in Wonderland related. Will have to give it a go! Congrats on your first review, hope you’re enjoying book blogging 🙂


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