#Review: Allison’s Adventures in Underland by C.M. Stunich @CMStunich

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Um. Um. Um.
Are you reading this?
If you are, I need your help.

I was at a party; I was running; I fell.
And get this—this is the part you’ll never believe—I fell down a rabbit hole.
Like Alice in those old books.

Except in those books, there wasn’t blood everywhere.
In those books, the characters weren’t all male, attractive, and interested in me.
Forget everything you know about the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the March Hare …

This isn’t Wonderland; this is Underland.
Violence, sex, drugs, and magic … that’s all there is in this place.
There’s me, Allison, and there are the men that want me, the enemies that hunt me, and the darkness that’s quickly rolling in.

And only I can stop it.
So if you’re reading this, will you help me?
Please. I just want to escape this place and go … home.

ALLISON’S ADVENTURES IN UNDERLAND (Book 1 of 3 in the “Harem of Hearts” series) — is a full-length reverse harem/new adult/dark romance novel, a gritty retelling of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. Don’t expect a children’s tale; these characters are nothing like their more innocent counterparts. This book contains: drugs, cursing, violence, sex … and love found in the darkest shadows.

Review

Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of retellings, generally, I find them flat and lacking imagination, but this one is written by C.M. Stunich and it’s no secret that I love her writing so I took the risk and god-damn was it good. Underland is a very dark, warped shadow of the Wonderland we know.

When Allison falls down the rabbit hole she ends up in a world where everyone really is mad, but they are also stunningly good-looking men who are very interested in her. Her main companions are twins Tee & Dee and as the book progresses more men who we recognise in slightly different guises from the original story join the group, all with very distinct personalities.

There are drugs and monsters, fights and not so subtle innuendos thrown around in this world. As we learn about Allison’s backstory she’s been through some awful times and I think this draws her to Tee & Dee especially once she learns about their history and how they ended up where they are now.

There are so many moments in this book where you think something is going to happen within the group dynamic, knowing this is a reverse harem, and then the story moves on. I was literally on the edge of my seat and I read this in one sitting. I absolutely loved how dark and twisted this was, it was completely suited to me and the way my mind works, I just can’t believe we have to wait until March for the next installment, how will I cope?

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TitleAllison’s Adventures in Underland
Series: Harem of Hearts #1
Author: C.M. Stunich
Genre: Romance | Fantasy | Retellings | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 December 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: TBA
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Description:
After Alice by Gregory Maguire, the bestselling author of WICKED, is a wonderful retelling of what happened next after Alice disappeared down the rabbit hole. An entertaining spin on Lewis Caroll’s classic tale of Alice in Wonderland, this novel will delight fans of Angela Carter.

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