Madness in Wonderland by Tabitha Bouldin
Madness in Wonderland can be summed up in these two words.
I am not one to get so entranced in a book such as this, even though I am slightly captivated by Steampunk thanks to my fifteen-year-old daughter. The imagery that Tabitha Bouldin masterfully created was imaginative and tangible. Yes, I said tangible because the words used invoked the use of the scenes.
“Hatter stomped alongside, his mutterings filling Alpha’s ears with buzzing drudgery.”
If that cannot invoke the imagination to spring to life, nothing can. I could smell the dirt, feel the wind in my face, and see the hulking monster because of Bouldin’s descriptiveness.
Now, let’s talk about this mash-up.
Alice in Wonderland meets Frankinstine in a world of Steampunk’s gears, technology, and leather-clad Victorian clothing. YES!!!! Top hats and goggles with night vision? Amazing. Bouldin has combined two of my favorite stories in a unique way that had me turning the pages when I should have been sleeping.
There was one small hiccup that I did struggle with – the lingo. Never have I read this sub-genre before so I wasn’t up-to-date on that part. It didn’t stop me though.
I know that Tabitha Bouldin has been an author of contemporary fiction, but if this is her new direction…girl, take me away in your steamship.
**I was given a copy from the publisher. Positive reviews are not required but freely given.
About the Book
Book: Madness in Wonderland
Author: Tabitha Bouldin
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Christian
Release date: March 8, 2022
Wonderland is in trouble.
Under the rule of the Red Queen, Wonderland is under constant threat. In fear for her throne, children are taken into the queen’s army and only the strongest survive.
Alice is nothing but a pirate, but with the help of Hatter, they hatch a plan to sneak into the Red Queen’s palace to free Hatter’s sister. After all, Alice has always wanted to fly an airship.
Dr. Frank N. Stein has created an army of automatons to serve their queen. Of particular note: a prototype soldier. Part man. Part machine. The best of both worlds.
Doc’s monster is a threat to everything they know, but Alice sees something in the man that begs she look beyond what he’s done and search out the heart of the beast for the better of the realm.
He’s their only hope of survival, but how can a monster learn to love when all he’s known is hate?
Click here to get your copy!
About the Author
Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.
More from Tabitha
Madness in Wonderland is a story of found family, good versus evil, rambunctious heroines and strong heroes who are not afraid to leap across airships for their people.
Trust me when I say I’ve tested their loyalty.
I put the Wonder’s crew through so much I started feeling sorry for them. Then I had another airship shoot at them with their cannons. That’s when I knew this story was not only a source of entertainment for me, but it was also challenging me. Madness forced me to become a better writer. Each page demanded my full attention if I wanted to have any hope of catching the true vibes of the story and bringing them to the page.
When I first started writing Madness, I had a rough idea of what I wanted. Evil Queen. Check. Alice as a tough but loving heroine. Check. Frankenstein’s monster. Check. (What’s Wonderland without a little havoc?)
Then the characters took over the story.
Frankenstein’s monster didn’t want to be a monster.
Hatter wanted to be more than a mad side character.
Alice wanted everyone to get along without losing another crew member.
Meeting their demands was a challenge and the story shifted from a whimsical fairy tale to something more. It dove deeper than I planned and showed me that I can do hard things too.
Texas Book-aholic, April 5
Where Faith and Books Meet, April 6
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 6
Inklings and notions, April 7
By the Book, April 8
For Him and My Family, April 8
deb’s Book Review, April 9
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 10
April Hayman, Author, April 10
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 11
Snark and Sensibility, April 12
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 13
Simple Harvest Reads, April 14 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Book Butterfly in Dreamland, April 14
Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 15
Christina’s Corner, April 15
cats in the cradle blog, April 16
Mary Hake, April 16
Sylvan Musings, April 17
Back Porch Reads, April 18
To celebrate her tour, Tabitha is giving away the grand prize package a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.