🌟 3 stars 🌟
Romance novel covers always make me a little uncomfortable because of their tendency to be quite revealing. Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall was a quick read that took me a few hours since it was only a little under 200 pages. I really just wanted something to read between The Cruel Prince and when my copy of Scythe would come in the mail, so this suited perfectly. For such a short book, it kind of fell short as well, as I would only give this book three out of five stars, since everything was rushed and I was not the biggest fan of the main character.
Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter’s Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate–and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys–throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.
The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland–and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother’s mating–or fight for Alice.
Honestly, I was not sure what I was expecting since I have never read a straight retelling of a fairy tale before. I loved Alice in Wonderland, so I was curious about how this story would progress. Since it is a short book, I did not go into it with high expectations, but it was a decent read nonetheless. The book is mostly told from Alice’s point of view, but with a few chapters that let us see into the Mad Hatter’s head.
The Mad Hatter’s character was a bit intriguing, just the right amount of insanity and bouts of reality to be a somewhat likable character. However, he fell flat as well when I felt like he had the potential to a more complex character. The Mad Hatter is dying. His fairy godmother has to bring him the right Alice that is his “mate” so he does not spiral into insanity.
Bring in Alice Hu who is twenty-five years old and just opened a Cupcakery and Tea Shop named after the Mad Hatter that she has been obsessed with her entire life. The infatuation was so intense to the point that her parents threatened to throw her in an asylum unless she stopped talking about the Mad Hatter. I felt that Alice was an annoying and incredibly whiny character. She would sulk if she did not get what she wanted whether it be going home or the Mad Hatter’s attention, but it just got annoying. Later on in the book, she claims to be someone that does not give up, but a few chapters back that is exactly what she wanted to do except she could not leave Wonderland.
There were also minor grammatical errors with missing punctuation throughout the book which was a bit bothersome. I should have figured out from the blurb that this book would be more sexual tension than anything else, but at least there was still some semblance of a plot. Overall, it was an okay read, but I was not left desperately wanting to read more about the lives of these characters after the ending.