The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.
This Week’s Topic: A book about magic
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
My rating: 1 of 5 stars (DNF)
My Original GR Review: This book just wasn’t for me. I saw the musical and I absolutely loved it. The book, however, was extremely different and I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary details, ideas, and concepts in the fact that it just made the book straight up bizarre. I only made it 45 pages into the book and just couldn’t bring myself to come back to it. I feel like this is either a love it or hate it book. Unfortunately I was not on the love it side. I would have kept reading if it was a short book, but I couldn’t make it through that many pages.
I think my mistake here was hoping it would be like the musical, which I adored! The musical is a very light adaptation. The book was extremely intense and a little too much so for me! I ended up not finishing and swapping the book.
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review: Very interesting twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland tale. I like how it was intentionally different, making Wonderland a real place which Alice must claim back from her vicious aunt who stole the throne back from Alice’s mother. Very creative, quick read which keeps you reading until the end.
I still haven’t read more in the series yet, but I really did like this first book! I really enjoyed the retelling of Alice in Wonderland and how the magic of it all had a purposeful story instead of just chaos!