book reviews, reading

Book Review: “Unbirthday” by Liz Braswell (Disney Twisted Tale)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Let me start off by saying I do not believe this book fits in with the premise of Disney’s Twisted Tales series. The whole point of the series is to take the original story and twist it into something else. This story is more of a sequel. It does not twist the original story but takes place when Alice is an adult, eighteen or nineteen, and goes back to Wonderland to save it from the murderous Queen of Hearts.

With that being said, I really liked this story. It was definitely not kiddish like the original one could be. Of course, it was still filled with plenty of nonsense, but also some young adult/adult themes like murder, death, tyranny, gore, and violence. The author did a great job of capturing the voices and writing style from the original! That was my favorite part of it. It really did feel like a sequel from the same author, except for the fact that it was not for kids.

A quick summary of the story is Alice is an adult and has forgotten Wonderland. Her sister keeps trying to set her up with “respectable” young men but Alice walks to a beat of her own drum, like her aunt Vivian, who was not in the originals but is a real trailblazer. Alice gets into art from her aunt, particularly photography. It’s through the photos she takes that things get warped and the creatures of Wonderland try reaching out to her for help. She travels back and forth several times between her land and Wonderland as she tries to figure out how to save it from the Queen of Hearts, who is murdering her own people to gather as many toys as she can so she can bring about the End of Time as the winner. There is a twist to this but I won’t tell you what that is.

Though I feel it doesn’t fit in with the series, I did like the book on its own for what it was. The author did a great job and all her research into the originals paid off. I recommend reading!

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