Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak is the first book in the Steampunk Fairy Tale series and it features an Alice in Wonderland theme with Steampunk thrown in. I picked this up as I got Kindle Unlimited for £9.99 for 3 months and I enjoyed her Red Riding Hood series.
I started off really excited about Curiouser and Curiouser because although I don’t know much about the Alice in Wonderland story compared to the Red Riding Hood but I enjoyed the Red Riding Hood series so much I didn’t think this could have been bad. To be honest it wasn’t however I felt it was a little harder to get into for some reason. I really enjoyed the way the characters interacted with each other and found it quite interesting to see how each and character changed over the story. The stand out character for me was Alice which shouldn’t be a surprise as she was the main character but seeing who change and question herself was really well done. The other character of note was the Queen of Hearts because although you didn’t see the character that much the character was well built by using other people’s views of them.
The story itself was also interesting it felt like the opposite to Red Riding Hood because it was about Alice being pulled back into the underworld of Victorian London where she had escaped with her sister a year past. However, she was drawn back in to help her sister’s suiter and then came realise that the person she despised she still loved. The story itself was well put together and although comparing to the Red Riding Hood it didn’t keep me as much on the edge of my seat as much but I did really enjoy.
Overall, I gave Curiouser and Curiouser 3/5 on Goodreads I would recommend picking up this book even if you’re not into fairy tales and want a quick easy book to read. Melanie seems to have a way of using the characters true to their nature in the fairy tales but make them human and fit into the time period that these books are set. The problem I had with this book however it just didn’t have the pace as the Red Riding Hood Series.