Following her best friend’s suicide, Alyson Carroll descends into the realm of Dreams and Nightmares. In her quest to find home, she discovers that Charlie might not truly be gone after all, but when she meets Oswin, the prince of Terra Mirum, Alys must face her own fears and raise an army against The Nightmare Queen, or surrender as the world of dreams is consumed by terror and darkness forever.
I know what you are thinking, not another Alice in Wonderland series. You would be wrong, because yes….so much yes another Alice in Wonderland, an epic take that not only makes you laugh but cry as well.
Alys by Kirk Callaghan is not your everyday Alice, white rabbit & all that off with your head business. There is heartache and terror. More than just your everyday story. This book has fairies, nightmares & fantasy.
Alyson, Alys is a young woman stuck in the small town of Appleweed. Her best friend, Charlie, have plans though. Plans to get out, just as soon as they have saved up enough money. All plans are shattered when Alys hears from the sheriff that Charlie has taken his own life, he left her. With heartache at the front of her mind and nothing to hold her back she takes to leave. After leaving town she has a car accident that in turn leads her down a tunnel and through a wall where the mortal dreams reside, Terra Mirum. From there you get to follow along with Alys through all the twists and turns.
Don’t go thinking that this story will be like the Disney story, while there are similarities in some of the characteristics and some of the plot, the story itself reads to its own tune. I loved the take on painting the roses red. When Alys has a flashback to when her mom bought red roses, only to find out they were white. You can feel the fear young Alys has as she tries to paint them red with her watercolors. The hurt and pain that she feels makes your heart break right along with her.
There is so much more to this story than just Aly. While this is her adventure you get to meet the strong willed residents of Terra Mirum All of the different characters, Smoke and Oswin. The rhyme and reason, Robin & Basir. All fighting together, some through force and bribery, to defeat the nightmares that have escaped.
If you are looking for your next epic adventure make sure to pick this one up or add it to your TBR!