Review: Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) by Cameron Jace

Insanity (Insanity #1)
by Cameron Jace
Published December 19th 2013

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.


I wish I could very well narrate how totally mad everyone is in this book. First, the Cheshire Cat; but hey, everybody knows Cheshire had always been downright crazy through the looking glass, right? And then there’s Alice Wonder, wrapped in a straitjacket and tried to escape from the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum with her flower in a plot, which she named Tiger Lily. I mean, who in her right mind does that? But hear me out, there’s a reason why she kept the pot andย talked to it.

Wonder how she came to be in the asylum? Apparently, she killed all her classmates but she had no recollection of any of it. Nada. What’s crazier was, there’s also this professor with a hookah and a pipe who seemed to get in and out of the asylum, in his own free will, Professor Carter Pillar. And they were soon to team up, to prove that the other is sane and the other isn’t quite delusional as people thought of them to be.

I think this is one of the better retellings of Alice in Wonderland with a touch of Grimm Brothers. I couldn’t keep my eyes open the last two nights that I’d been reading this. I was afraid to see Cheshire’s grin when I close my eyes. Yep, I was quite terrified of him. Even on the original Lewis Caroll book, I never really liked him. But Alice, ahh, she’s my kind of girl. A little crazy at first glance, but hey, she’s got the nerves of steel and a mind worth dissecting. Oh no, that was the rabbit talking. I better shut up now.

This is a highly recommended read to those who want to engage in a terrific Alice in Wonderland story that’s mind boggling, mouth-gaping and a whole lot of mad fairytale retelling. Read at your own risk. You had been warned.



3 Comments Add yours

  1. Haha! I love this fun review of yours, Ate Claire. It shows how much you enjoyed the craziness in this novel. I have never been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland but this retelling is definitely enjoyable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I almost got crazy after reading this.. and I want to read what’s next.. I guess Carter Pillar got to me.. LOL

      Thanks Aj ๐Ÿ™‚

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