Sunday, March 26, 2017

Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah Pepper

Title: Death of the Mad Hatter
Author: Sarah Pepper
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: October 28, 2013
Pages: 333


Never in my wildest dreams did I consider the possibility that I could fall for the boy with the girl's name. Why couldn't Ryley have bacne, chronic case of nose bleeds, genetic baldness, or uncontrollable gingivitis? Oh no, he had to be perfect in every way. And, that body... Nuff said. It was all I could do to convince my knees not to weaken at the sight of him. Forming coherent words when he spoke my name was dang near impossible. 

Perhaps if his frontal lobe was a teensy weensy smaller, I might have been able to convince myself that he wasn't so intellectually stimulating. But, he was stimulating,in more ways than one; there was no denying that; no matter how badly I tried to hate him, I couldn't. That made what I was about to do so delightfully horrible that even the wicked Queen of Hearts would be impressed--Alice Mae.


I found a copy of this book in the most curious place. You see, it was sitting atop a table next to a delicious looking cake that read "Eat me" and, well, I can never resist cake, so I did. And do you know what happened? I instantly gained five pounds (damn slow metabolism.) But the cake was so worth it. It had the most rich, moist buttercream frosting I had ever had the pleasure of putting in my mouth. 

I was really intrigued by the cover of this book though. It was pretty clearly an Alice in Wonderland retelling, and I'm always a big fan of those, so I hurried to put the book inside my coat pocket, just in case the cake made me shrink or something. I'm pretty weak under normal circumstances and knew I would never be able to carry a book that was ten times my size. But alas, there was no shrinking, only a slight increase in the size of my already substantial derriere. I wish I could say that I loved the book, but it had gotten my hopes up so high for an incredibly shrinking act and then failed to deliver on that count, that everything after that was quite disappointing. This book would have been far better if it had resulted in a reduction in my size. I didn't even see a significant improvement in my stamina from carrying it around in my pocket for a week before remembering it was in there. Sad. 

But my complaints aren't all the author's fault. I mean, she's probably not responsible for the non-shrinking cake, although she might be, so I'm not ruling her out from my list of suspects quite yet. And if I'm being completely honest, the story was mildly intriguing, I guess. I mean, killing a mad hatter is always a little bit interesting right? But all the miles I had to walk just to work off that cake was the real murder here. 

2 out of 5 stars plus ten stars for the cake because it was magically delicious. 

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About the Author

Award Winning Author, Sarah J. Pepper, specializes in fantasy and paranormal romance. She unveils the beauty of love in her new adult/young adult novels. Her works envelope dark, paranormal romance - think "happy ever after" but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn't only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It's in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of - both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn't mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head at

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