The Wonderland Trials (The Curious Realities #1) (Hardcover)
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Solve the clues. Face your fears. Survive the Trials.
All Alice Liddell wants is to escape her Normal life in Oxford and find the parents who abandoned her ten years ago. But she gets more than she bargained for when her older sister Charlotte is arrested for having the infamous Wonder Gene—the key to unlocking the curious Wonderland Reality.
Soon, Alice receives a rather cryptic invitation to play for Team Heart in this year’s annual—and often deadly—Wonderland Trials. Now she has less than twenty-four hours to find her way into Wonderland where nothing is impossible . . . or what it seems.
The stakes are raised when she discovers players go missing during the Trials each year. Will she and her team solve the clues and find the missing players? Or will betrayal and distrust win, leaving Alice alone in a world of her own? Follow the White Rabbit into this topsy-turvy fantasy where players become prey, a sip of the wrong tea might as well be poison, and a queen’s ways do not always lead one where they ought to go.
About the Author
Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a castle. Now she spends her days homeschooling her three Jedi in training, braving the Arizona summers, and reminding her superhero husband that it's almost Christmas (even if it's only January). When she's not writing, Sara might be found behind her camera lens or planning her next adventure in the great wide somewhere. She is a Hufflepuff who finds joy in the simplicity of sipping a lavender white mocha and singing Disney tunes in the car. Sara is the author of the Unblemished trilogy and Coral, a reimagining of The Little Mermaid that focuses on mental health. Sara loves fairy tales and Jesus, and she still believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”
“A compelling tale full of whimsy, magic, love, and courage.” – C.J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of the Ravenspire series
— C.J. Redwine
“Certain to mesmerize with its quirky, yet familiar, cast of characters, whimsical world-building, and treacherous intrigue.” – Lorie Langdon, author of Olivia Twist, and the Disney Villains Happily Never After Series
— Lorie Langdon
“Packed with ingenious nods to Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, The Wonderland Trials is a triumph.” — Katherine Reay, best-selling author of Dear Mr. Knightley and The London House
— Katherine Reay
“Magic and family and infuriatingly adorable romance, all bound together in a story that rejects—and even redefines—the impossible.” — Nadine Brandes, award-winning author of Romanov, Fawkes, and the Out of Time Series
— Nadine Brandes
"A world where fantasy bleeds into reality, and one never knows where the game stops and real life begins." — Lindsay A. Franklin, Carol Award–winning author of The Story Peddler
— Lindsay A. Franklin
In The Wonderland Trials, Sara Ella crafts a dystopian retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic, reinventing with flair all Wonderland’s denizens and infusing the story with freshness. It is inventive and colorful in its own right, abundantly able to charm and to intrigue.
— Lorehaven Magazine