Book Review – Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz 4

Title:  Alice in the Country of Clover Cheshire Cat Waltz 4

Author: QuinRose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2013

 

I feel like when reading a series that is done in small doses like this series it can get difficult to write reviews for each book.   I’m not saying this installment of Cheshire Cat Waltz was bad, as it was good but there was not a lot of plot.  The story starts out with a little bit of questioning of Boris if Alice loves him but not a lot.  The story then progresses to show that Alice might still be questioning her past life and as a result Peter White questions her relationship with Boris and how she feels for him.

 

To put that love to the test Peter challenges Boris to try and kill him and really has to push to get Boris to act in any way against him because Boris knows that Alice would be upset if he killed Peter.  Alice is held back and made to listen and not interfere because of Nightmare to try and show her not only how Boris actually feels about her but how she actually feels about Boris.

 

Giving you a very small spoiler warning here, (for what you read next will spoil things a bit)but things get a little more committed between Alice and Boris and actually gets rather steamy as well.  I won’t go into details here as part of reading this story is to see the drawings yourself and read the story.

 

As an added bit of this book there is set up for book 5 as Alice’s relation to the Hatter Family such as living at Hatter Mansion will come to be used against Alice and Blood Dupree as there are several who think she has a special sort of relationship with Blood rather than Boris.  Over all, I would give this a solid 3 out of 5 page review, good to read but not a must do.

Book Review – The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party 2

Title:  The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party 2

Author: Quin Rose

Illustrator:  Riko Skura

Format:  Paperback

Published: 2011

 

Another manga another day.  Alice? You bet.  After reading the first in the series I was a little underwhelmed by the plot arch of the Mad Hatter in the Country of Hearts.  It was a bit crude and direct the first book.  This second book has it’s moments but they are more ‘tasteful’ or as tasteful as Blood Dupree can be than the other book and there was more heart and emotion involved and it was kind of amusing.

 

I actually liked this story even if it did play a little bit on a story arch that was used with a different, character.  In this book Alice was taken by a rival mafia and placed in danger to the point that Blood and the whole Hatter Mafia went to rescue her which was reminiscent of when a group of bad guys captured Alice to get to Nightmare and he rescued her.

 

I think what helped push this story a bit better was Peter White revealing that he wanted Alice to stay in wonderland even if it was with another man, also mentioning that he is her Sunday Afternoon and concept that has intrigued me quite a bit, since discovering it.  Additionally in this story Alice gets to learn of the relationship between Vivaldi and Blood which was something that has not happened in other books.  We as a reader know but Alice as a character has never found out till this point, which I liked because it was neat to see her reaction.

 

Overall, I would give this book at 3 out of 4 page review.  I liked the book well enough and I have no intention to stop reading these Alice books as long as they are available for me to read.  So you have been warned there are more of these reviews yet to come.

Book Reivew – Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on my Heart

Title:  Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on my Heart

Author: Sana Shirakawa

Concept: Quin Rose

Illustrator:  Nana Fumitsuki

Format:  Paperback

Published: 2014

 

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!

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