Sunday, June 17, 2018

REVIEW: The Wonder of You

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The Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid

Modern Alice in Wonderland Re-telling 

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What it's about:

What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland: New York City. The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program. Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’. Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude. He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart. Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City.

No it’s not a PNR.  It’s a light, funny romantic comedy. Fast-paced with entertaining banter, it loosely uses the Alice in Wonderland concept. Alice, clin psych grad student just moved to NYC to finish her degree. This is one girl who has no problem standing up for herself and doing so in a southern belle way that lays down the smackdown, but with that sweet smile. Then she meets Dare, a celebrated artist. Liked this guy because he felt real and, perhaps, unlike many stories, he didn’t sleep around.
Not always a big insta-love kinda reader but it worked in this story. I was flipping pages to the end because this couple was magic together...and boy did they know how to argue. Love an author who can make this work.
Just a heads up these characters have some rather heavy emotional baggage to sort through. There’s a rich cast of secondary characters, especially Alice’s sister and friends who are strong and sometimes overpowering but all waiting in the wings for their stories.

  Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. For years, she was a jill of all trades and a master of none, but is now tickled hot pink to pen stories that break and mend people's hearts for a living. Kincaid believes seduction occurs from the neck up, which is why her characters are smart, sexy, and slightly quirky - and definitely worthy to be your next hard-core book crush.
When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh 'til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil' town, Vienna, Virginia.
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