Title: Alice in the Country of Hearts Love Labyrinth of Thorns
Authors: Quin Rose
Illustrator: Aoi Kurihara
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of Julius and Alice as in the Original series Alice in the Country of hearts Julius’ clock tower is where Alice had chosen to spend a lot of her time as it was neutral territory and Julius didn’t really force himself on her. Really in the stories from before this one Julius acted as if he didn’t care about Alice at all but then there would be small soft moments where you could tell he cared. I know I’ve said in a previous review that Boris is probably one of the more sane characters of those found in Wonderland, I would say Julius would out rank him as he doesn’t really wield a gun unless he has to and he is very busy and focused on his work repairing clocks which are the ‘hearts’ and souls of those in Wonderland.
This story is about how Alice and Julius become a couple and it is drawn by a different artist than the one who normally does these Alice stories. I will start off and say that the drawings are pretty decent and close to the original at times but there is something off about them the lines are more round and soft in some areas and more angular in others, and the shading at times is wrong for certain hair colors. Still it was decently well done and my focus is always the story. Unfortunately the story is kind of right there with the art work, just a little off. Alice’s character doesn’t seem quite right to me and she seems almost rushed and forced into being with Julius. Of course part of that might be because getting them to admit their feelings for one another was through a concocted devious plan by Nightmare who stole Alice away into a tower with her door blocked by thorns which were the thorns around her heart. Julius was told of her danger and went to rescue her. Really over all the story was over the top a bit and rushed. Of course trying to get a love story in, in one short book is a challenge I’ll admit, but really as a fan of the Alice in the Country series I think I would give this book a 2 out of 3. This story didn’t capture or rapture me away and is something that I could easily do without in my collection of reading Alice stories. If there were a sequel I would not be reading it. Fortunately there isn’t and there are many other fun Alice stories to read.