Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on December 19, 2013
Genres: Fairy Tale re-telling, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
Hannibal meets Alice in Wonderland.After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.
Insanity is the first book in the young adult series of the same name. Originally I thought that the series was going to be called Mad in Wonderland, and I have to admit that I liked that name more, but insanity is very fitting for this book. I loved this book. I think it might be my first (and only) 5 star book of the month. I thought that Cameron Jace did an amazing job capturing the mad essence and nonsensical sense of Lewis Carrol in his writing. I am a huge fan of both Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so these books were a match made in mad heaven for me.
I loved Cameron Jace’s Grimm Diaries, but Insanity has to be my favorite book of his to date. All of the characters came to life right in front of my eyes. Pillar the Killer was incredible. I know it sounds weird, but I am totally infatuated with him. I know that was not the intent at all, but I really like seeing the way his mind works, and through Cameron Jace’s masterful writing, I felt like I could see his insane little gears spinning in his head as we way talking to Alice. And Alice was a treat all in herself. I am just as confused as she is about why she would kill her classmates. Or did she even do it? I don’t know. Sometimes I think she did, and sometimes I don’t even know what I think. Insanity will have you questioning everything. I love when a book can make me do that.
Insanity focuses on the Catepillar and Alice being in an asylum. They have to stop the Cheshire Cat from his killing spree of girls. All of the wonderland characters, or monsters, have been reincarnated into modern versions of themselves. It was a cool take on the story. I am not going to get into too many details, because that is half the fun of reading the book, but I will say that it kidn of reminded me of the saw movies mixed with Alice in Wonderland. And I am sure that there are many more twists, turns and secrets to be revealed in the next book. I would love to pick Cameron Jace’s brain about his Lewis Carrol knowledge and learn more about his research for the book, because I am kind of obsessed with it. In fact, I think my only 2 5 star reviews of 2015 have been about alice in wonderland! (Insanity and The Collector’s Society.)
Whether you love Alice in Wonderland or not, read insanity. It is totally messed up and crazy but in the best way possible. I loved every cuckoo moment of Insanity.
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I really need to try more from this author obviously! I tried a set of his novellas quite a while ago and liked them but it sounds like this is a series that I for sure need to pick up.
I really am looking forward to this book, even more now after your review!
Melissa (My World...in words and pages)
Oh. Now this sounds a bit different and interesting. 🙂 I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. Thank you!
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
I totally agree about this book! It was crazy in all the best sort of ways!
Oh wow, I am surprised you were able to love this one so much! I have also read it and I didn’t like it very much… I was excited at it being a retelling, but I found the book to be repetitive and also too confusing. Nothing made much sense to me. But to each their own!
Thanks for this! I need more Alice! This sound great!
—>insanely obsessed. To read a book and by turning the first page I fell into the rabbit hole of being obsessed. made me feel like Alice found myself asking same questions as characters. still reading the series it needs more advertisement. being able to binge read and just when I didn’t think it could get better or more interesting the twists turns tests yesss this book series is amazing you’d be Krazy not to try it. hard to find books with a krazy edge I found some times it seemed slow than it would throw something so random and unexpected loved the read can’t wait to read more especially end of book tidbits of this was real this wasn’t was amazing had to comment quick going back to reading happy reviews