A Review of “Vincent in Wonderland”

Vincent van Gogh meets Alice in Wonderland—literally.

C.E. White’s Vincent in Wonderland is a middle-grade fantasy reimagining of Alice in Wonderland. We follow an eleven-year-old Vincent van Gogh through a burrow into Sian. There he encounters the white rabbit who introduces him to Alice. With their special abilities awakening, Vincent and Alice learn they have been brought to the newly created Sian to use their gifts to defeat the Jabberwock.

A delightful tale, Vincent in Wonderland sweeps the reader away into a world awash with vibrant color. Stunning imagery and inspiring words breathe fresh life into an adventure that includes a few familiar faces.

While the beginning pace was a little slower than I expected for a modern tale, it is quiet reminiscent of the original classic in that respect—moving along in a dream-like state. The excitement increases as the final battle scenes approach, culminating to an end ripe with heartfelt intensity and meaning.

It’s a tale fans of the original classic are sure to love. And each chapter offers a Vincent van Gogh.

Vincent in Wonderland is available on Amazon.

Content Guide

Romance (low)
Hand holding.

Violence (low)
Characters encounter death. Two battle scenes with the Jabberwock. Nothing graphic.

Language (low)
Four instances of stupid, one instance of idiot, and one instance of imbecile.

Sensitive Topics (low)
Death and grief. Suitable for intended audience.

About Vincent in Wonderland

A prequel to The Worlds Next Door.

11-year-old Vincent van Gogh discovers a curious new world through a tunnel on the moor. A mysterious white rabbit introduces Vincent to Alice, and their quest begins—defeat the dreaded Jabberwock before it consumes all of Wonderland. 

A slithy tove, an ill-tempered caterpillar, and the Cheshire cat meet them along the path as their adventures take them through fields dancing with flowers, tangled forests, and looking-glass pools.

But all is not what it seems in Wonderland, and Vincent may not have— and may not want— what it takes to succeed. Destroying the Jabberwock may cost more than he’s willing to give.

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About C.E. White

C.E White is an author and collage artist living in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and two cats. She loves whimsy, fairy gardens, and the Oxford comma. She also delights in rainy days spent on her porch with long books and large cups of coffee. Vincent in Wonderland is the prequel to her first book, The Worlds Next Door.

“One of the most impactful things I’ve learned from reading other-world stories is contentment. So many of my favorite characters had to travel to other worlds to find that what they wanted most was right in front of them. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis taught me about faith and perseverance and forgiveness. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which I remember reading in one sitting as a child, taught me about hope and resilience and friendship. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie taught me that we all have to grow up, and that maybe that’s not a bad thing. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeliene L’Engle taught me to be OK with not fitting in. I don’t think I ever read a story that made me a worse person.” – C.E. White

​Connect with C.E. White on Instagram (@cewhitebooks), Twitter (@cewhitebooks) or on her website (cewhitebooks.com).


A Review of “The Girl Who Could See”

The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson is a science fiction thriller with a thread of romance. While aimed at new adults (ages 18-25), it’s also suitable for mature teens.

Nineteen-year-old Fern Johnson struggles to hold a job and ignore her imaginary friend. She only wants to care for her niece, and shield her from the same childhood—the same trauma—Fern suffered. A trauma Fern can’t remember, but that brought Tristian, her imaginary friend, into her life.

In The Girl Who Could See, a contemporary sci-fi, Kara Swanson weaves a tale layered in action, mystery, and suspense with hauntingly beautiful prose. Exciting and, at times, heart wrenching, this novella explores the themes of love and sacrifice. Fans who enjoy a blend of crime-thriller suspense, science, and heart will enjoy The Girl Who Could See. Highly recommended.

And, if you prefer audiobooks, the narrator does an excellent job of reading.

The Girl Who Could See is available on Amazon.

Content Guide

Romance (low)
Flirting and a kiss.

Violence (low)
Mention of blood, bleeding, and violence. Nothing graphic or detailed.

Language (low)
Two instances of the word stupid.

Sensitive Topics (low)
Fern comes from a broken home. Mention of drugs, trafficking, and abduction. Nothing graphic or detailed.

About The Girl Who Could See

All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see. 

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

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About Kara Swanson

As the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent her childhood in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate to characters dropped into a unique new world, she fell in love with the fantasy genre and was soon penning stories herself.

​Shortly after moving stateside, Kara received the Mount Hermon Conference “Most Promising Teen Writer Award.” Her latest release, The Girl Who Could See, was a finalist for a 2018 INSPY Award and won the 2018 Parable Award. 

Swanson is on the faculty for the Young Writer’s Workshopalongside best-selling authors Brett Harris and Jaquelle Crowe, where they guide thousands of young writers. She is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency and has been on staff for the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conferenceand the Realm Makers Writers’ Conference. She works with many authors and editors as a communications and marketing assistant, as well as offering critique and proofreading services. She has had articles published in online and print magazines, including Brio MagazineThe Rebelution.com and Encounter Magazine

Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, forming sincere connections with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order.

​Kara loves to hang out with other book nerds and chocolate enthusiasts on Instagram (@karaswansonauthor), Twitter (@kswansonbooks), and on her website (karaswanson.com).


Travel to Katie Clark’s Whispering Tower

K.A.:
Excited to have Mrs. Katie Clark on the blog today talking about her newest release, Whispering Tower.

Welcome, Katie! Before we launch into all the behind-the-scene fun, tell us about your story.

Katie:
Whispering Tower is a young adult time travel novel.

Katie:
Stuck in London for one of her mom’s work trips, Skye Humphries can’t help holding a grudge when she ends up roped into a summer tour group with Philip-who-crushed-her-heart. But when Skye and Philip find themselves barreling through time after unsuspectingly opening the veil between the past and present, they’re thrust into a world where Skye’s very life is in danger. If she’d known her choices were between summering with Philip or being sacrificed to the god of the skies, Skye might have changed her attitude. Now she must figure out what’s most important to her—getting even for the past or having a future.

K.A.:
Traveling with the person who broke her heart and forced to choose between getting even or having a future? Seems like a situation that’ll change a person’s perspective. What inspired you to write this story?

Katie:
I actually get asked this question a lot, but I never answer it for this series! That’s because these stories have a tad of a mystery going on, and giving too much information gives away the surprise! So your readers will just have to read the book to learn more (hee hee!).

K.A.:
Lol. An air of mystery definitely adds to the fun. So, will reading demystify your source of inspiration? ;-)

Katie:
Haha. Reading the story will help others see and understand what the inspiration was for each story.

K.A.:
Tell us about some of your research. In the story, they travel back in time. What time period do the travel to and where do they go?

Katie:
Ancient Mesopotamia, specifically ancient Sumer.

K.A.:
What was the hardest part of researching an ancient time period?

Katie:
The hardest part of pulling the book together was the elements that took place in the past. Whispering Tower is a time travel story—I did a lot of research to make it accurate, but I did take creative liberties because after all, it’s fantasy!

Dig into Sumerians and Mesopotamia on Khan Academy.

K.A.:
It’s easy to see how that could be a challenge, especially if the story goes in a direction that does fit neatly into a pre-existing timeline. What’s the most interesting discovery you made writing this story?

Katie:
I love researching the past, and my favorite discoveries had to do with learning some of the history associated with the ancient middle east. I loved learning about the social classes, and the styles worn during that time period. Would you like a picture?!

9 things you many not know about the ancient Sumerians on History.com.

K.A.:
I’m a huge fan of Easter Eggs. Any hidden references, details, or tidbits readers should keep an eye out for?

Katie:
Well, no Easter Eggs per se, but I did try to use some symbolism. Sand is used throughout the story to symbolize feelings of restlessness and unease. You guys can be the judges on whether I pulled that off!

K.A.:
Whispering Tower is available on Amazon and at other book retailers. Or, if you haven’t read the first book, you can grab both books here.

K.A.:
Great to have you here, Katie. Thanks for giving us a backstage tour of your latest release, Whispering Tower. Looking forward to reading it!

About Katie Clark

KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes young adult speculative fiction, including her romantic fantasy novel, The Rejected Princess, a supernatural survival novel, Shadowed Eden, and her dystopian Enslaved Series.

You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

 

 

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