Book Title: Umberland
Author: Wendy Spinale
Book Series: Everland, #2
Reading Format: Hardcover
They’re dreadfully fond of beheading people here…
Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. Except the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn’t exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated into something even more deadly. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus’s origin: an extinct poisonous apple.
Legend has it, though, that a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of an impossible labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place no one in their right mind enters. With no other options, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hadder, a wild boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she’ll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares.
But can anyone truly survive the madness of the maze? And what if there’s no apple to be found there?
Umberland is the sequel to Everland, and it is a twist on Alice in Wonderland.
I am a huge fans of retellings. I won’t be able to tell you how many retellings I have read in my life because there are a lot on my shelves, and I loved them all at the time, but these specific books…I am obsessed with them without a doubt. I just devoured this book when I got the chance to sit down after the holidays.
The characters are truly amazing, and that includes the brand-new characters featured in this novel. We got characters from Wonderland, and I just loved it so much. The plot really did stick true to the Alice in Wonderland story while staying original.
I highly recommend both Everland and Umberland if you are obsessed with retellings, because I guarantee you won’t be disappointed, you know, only if you like twists on classic stories.