Title: Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on my Heart
Author: Sana Shirakawa
Concept: Quin Rose
Illustrator: Nana Fumitsuki
Okay, so this is the most epic thing ever! This is a novel based on a manga that is based on a game. This is so incredibly cool to me! I saw the title on my library shelf list and I put it on hold and thought it was just another manga, something I can read quickly and something fun as I would say most of the Alice in the country books are fun. So you can imagine my surprise when I pulled the book from the shelf and stared in shock as a nice thick volume of 320 pages. At first I thought oh that must be book X that I have on hold to have my jaw drop to realize that this is a full on novel!
Needless to say I was giddy with excitement! I couldn’t wait to delve in and read this book! I had to tell myself to be responsible before I could read this book I started it late Thursday night and only stopped because I absolutely had to sleep and then spend the rest of the day reading between everything else that I was supposed to be doing that day. I had it finished by the end of the night because it was simply that good!
The story takes place in a whole new country for Alice but this is something very different from the other countries that she has visited. In this country Alice remembers everyone but no one remembers her and the people that she is meeting are younger than their other selves and not only are they are younger they are a little different in personality and not everyone from before are present and Alice has to adjust to the fact of seeing overly familiar faces and being treated as if they had never met.
This story is centric on Alice and the Mad Hatter and it is a well crafted and woven story. It was interesting seeing the dynamic between Alice and Blood through the whole story and I liked the new characters that were introduced though we really only go to know the Dodo who is known as Jericho Bermuda. Jericho is a ‘dead’ character and his time is accounted for and most people don’t like him and I am not sure why as that concept about him was never explained but it added an interesting layer to the character.
In reading the Afterward I have learned that the country of Diamonds is the turning point for the entire series and I will not hesitate to get my hands on any other Country of Diamonds stories to learn the mysteries that were presented. Over all this was my absolute favorite Alice in the Country of story by far as it is leaps and bounds above the other stories and I wish I could play the game, but alas it is in Japanese. Anyway I would give this book at 4 out of 5 pages and say that if you like the series at all this is an absolute must read. For all others read a few Heart and Clover manga’s and then delve into this novel. It is seriously that good in my opinion!