Magical Mondays: Magic, Mutations, and Red Queen

One of the nice things about working at a bookstore is that I come into contact with lots of books that I might otherwise not have heard about. (Nice for me, that is; not so much for my wallet.) The new YA fantasy novel Red Queen has jumped onto our teen bestseller list, and while I was much surprised (and pleased) to discover that it was an original story and not yet another tired Alice In Wonderland retread, something about the premise left a little to be desired.

redqueenSpoilers for the novel below the jump.

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Was Once Upon A Time In Wonderland Worth Our Time?

Once Upon A Time In Wonderland has its origins in a cool and eminently sustainable idea: take the Once Upon A Time mythos and tell other stories that have happened in its universe that just don’t fit into the main OUAT story. To reference a similar project, it could have been to Once Upon A Time what Paradox Space plans to be for Homestuck. As Once Upon A Time seems to include, at this point, the entirety of classic speculative fiction within its parameters (as the inclusion of characters like Peter Pan, Dr. Frankenstein, and Robin Hood suggests), if the Wonderland spinoff had been successful, this could have been a launching point for a whole network of derivative series.

Unfortunately, we instead got the most boring, bland, and tropey mess I’ve seen since that one Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. (You know the one.)

Shots fired.

Shots fired.

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