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Weariland YA Book Tour, Review & GiveawayJoin me today for my review of the YA book Weariland by Mary Shotwell. It has been generations since Alice left Wonderland and things have not been going well in that magical land. You can read about the book, then don't forget to go and enter the giveaway that I've linked to at the bottom of my post.
For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text. “HIDING PLACE.” 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…
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From the first pages of Weariland Mary Shotwell does a stupendous job drawing you into the story and intriguing you. She doesn't explain everything at one time, so the story and mystery of Lason's family unfold over time. I finished this book in one sitting because I was so interested in they storyline.
We meet Lason, who has a secret friendship with her grandmother, as her life is turned upside-down when her grandmother sends her a mysterious text message right before she dies. Just as with the original Alice, Lason doesn't know what is going on when she travels to the magical world.
It was interesting as Lason learned the history of how Wonderland became Weariland and the role that her ancestors have played throughout the years. She finds out more about her family, both past and present. The twist at the end makes me impatient to read the next book to see what happens next.
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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