Saturday, October 24, 2015

Meditations in Wonderland by Anna Patrick ~ 2015

Everyone here is mad - the rumors are true

"Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality." - Lewis Carroll


Author: Anna Patrick
Publisher: River Grove Books
Publication: October 6th, 2015
ebook
ISBN: 9781632990464
Language: English
Jacket design: Kim Lance
Jacket image (small girl): © iStockphoto.com / - myillo
Author photographer: Jonathan Baley


"This book was provided by Sara Jenis in exchange for my honest review alongside my proffered thank-you for asking."


5 Stars


Anna Patrick
Being sucked into the rabbit's hole with Elizabeth is a psychological dystopian twist on the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Anna Patrick told an artistic tale of a twenty-four-year-old interior designer by the name of Elizabeth. A young woman who resides in Brooklyn, New York with her boyfriend Adam and their French bulldog, Fitz, having a personal complex of inner demons amounting in her.

Elizabeth sits every morning for her ritual morning meditations before work and on this particular morning, she wants to confront her demons head-on. These inner conflicts, that she even keeps secret from her boyfriend, takes her on a journey I believe all of us can relate to in one way or the other.

Elizabeth started to meditate and saw her own rabbit hole open up in front of her. As she fell deeper into the abyss of her soul she saw her childhood doll Alice. Just a glimpse is all before Alice rounded a corner and out of sight.

Welcome to Wonderland - catch me if you can, bitch.  -Alice

Elizabeth chases Alice through Wonderland from clues Alice leaves and runs into characters we all know - the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Tweedle Twins and finally, no spoiler, Alice. Anna Patrick's writing provoked thoughts with each character playing a role related to the over all theme of the story. Beautiful writing.

This tale has shown we wear masks for societies sake as well as our own and after taking a look at ones-self there are definitely dark sides as well as the light sides with, of course, splashes of grey.  It is a journey of self-acceptance. A very thought provoking tale. Loved how Anna Patrick described and brought Elizabeth's inner self to life.

Ms. Patrick's use of the original classic tale and twisting it into her thought on this tale - there are so many topics we could discuss in this story: drug addiction, madness, reality, relationships, self-worth, symbolism, comparisons to Lewis Carroll's version, how the subconscious effect/affect our conscious, behavior - the list could continue. There is so much in this quick read. You just have to sit one weekend and indulge into the rabbit hole. I do insist folks; you will not be disappointed.

This tale was an enjoyable read. The pace was not rushed though there were places that seemed to drag a bit, but really, no biggie. Elizabeth keeps going and so will you as you turn the pages to find out if Elizabeth finds what she is after. The ending with that twist is personally satisfying.

A wonderful debut where you will find yourself chasing Elizabeth as she chases Alice through Wonderland. Readers will take away from this read above all - awareness of reflection.



Recommend you ask? Yes. Yes I do.


Here's where you can get your fingers on Meditations in Wonderland:
  •  Amazon ~ Kindle $7.99 ~ Paperback $12.71 USD


About the author ~

Anna Patrick graduated from Boston College with both a degree in communications and the first draft of Meditations In Wonderland. She is also the creator of a popular Tumblr under the same title. Now a full-time book publicist, Patrick lives in Northern Virginia with her boyfriend and their French bulldog. Meditations In Wonderland is her first novel.