{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

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{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishingWeariland by Mary Shotwell
Pages: 222
Published by Merge Publishing on May 10, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, retelling
Source: ecopy from Author

For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies,it all started with a text.


The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason asshe travels to England with her sheltering mother for thefuneral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reportersand news photographers aren’t the only ones interested intheir arrival.

As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day),Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary worldonce known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help infinding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure throughWeariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful,fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusivehistory. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return…

YA Review My Thoughts

Weariland is a young adult fantasy retelling by Mary Shotwell. Weariland is perfect for fans new and old alike of alice in wonderland. Weariland is a modern day take on wonderland. I really enjoyed this story. You might know by now that Wonderland retellings are my favorite kind of retelling, because I feel like there is so much the author has to work with. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite classics. I love how magical it all is, there are so many cool characters to work with. Wonderland is a complete world, so there are just a million different directions a retelling can go.

Weariland takes place a few generations after the story of Wonderland leaves off. Here we get to see Alice’s granddaughter, Lason. And Wonderland is not the same place we knew from the classic tale. It is now a place called weariland and the Queen of Souls rules over the land. I loved this broken and creepy concept. This felt like a dark tale. I loved that we got to see kind of familiar characters, but at the same time they were totally new. They are wonderland’s inhabitants descendants. This whole set up was a really cool concept.

I love anything that has to do with Wonderland, and weariland was no exception. This was a really cool, twisted book. There is no romance, which I was a little bummed about, but the story was twisty and turny enough to keep my interest. Bottom line: If you love wonderland retellings that have a cool take on wonderland, Weariland is the book for you. You will love this creepy setup.


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About Mary Shotwell

Mary grew up in northeast Ohio, so it was only natural for her to pursue a degree in marine biology. After studying dolphin behavior and estimating great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there, during the arduous dissertation process, where she had the idea to write a book. 

With Alice and the crazy characters from Wonderland staring her down from her bedroom poster, Mary envisioned what that fantasy realm would look like in current day. Creative writing served as a natural escape from technical writing, wedding planning, pregnancy, and job hunting. 

Mary is excited to debut Weariland (Merge Publishing, 2016), a novel introducing Lason Davies, a teenager who learns about her family’s past in a world once called Wonderland. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and three children.

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