#Review - Weariland by Mary Shotwell @MaryEShotwell @YABoundToursPR

by Mary Shotwell
Genre: YA
Release Date: May 10th 2016
Merge Publishing


For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text.


The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in their arrival.

As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day), Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary world once known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help in finding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure through Weariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful, fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusive history. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return…

Review: I found this book to be a quick read. I was really intrigued by the story line of Alice in Wonderland re-imagined. The book follows Alice's granddaughter and her adventures in "Wonderland" now known as "Weariland." The characters were good. I absolutely loved White the rabbit. I found though, that with the short length of the book, there was room for a lot more world building and back story. I wanted to envision more of Weariland, to be sucked into the story more. There were a few other story issues that I had, but I feel like they are more personal interest than actual plot holes so I'm going to leave them out of my review.

I'm really glad that I read this wonderful story by Mary Shotwell. She has taken a childhood favorite and turned it into something m adult mind could wrap around. Three stars for Weariland.

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About the Author
Mary grew up in northeast Ohio, so it was only natural for her to pursue a degree in marine biology. After studying dolphin behavior and estimating great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there, during the arduous dissertation process, where she had the idea to write a book.

With Alice and the crazy characters from Wonderland staring her down from her bedroom poster, Mary envisioned what that fantasy realm would look like in current day. Creative writing served as a natural escape from technical writing, wedding planning, pregnancy, and job hunting.

Mary is excited to debut Weariland (Merge Publishing, 2016), a novel introducing Lason Davies, a teenager who learns about her family's past in a world once called Wonderland. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and three children.

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