Review: Weariland

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Weariland by [Shotwell, Mary]Weariland by Mary Shotwell

| ASIN: 
B01DN86U9K | Pages: 286 |
Publication Date: May 10, 2016 | Source: YA Bound Book Tours

| Rating: 3 out of 5 stars |


For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, 
it all started with a text. 

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…

Imagine a Wonderland where imagination is banned and instead of heads rolling it's feet. That sounds pretty terrifying doesn't it? Welcome to Weariland, a world drained of its wonder and in dire need of a savior. 

Weariland opens with the murder of Alice which without any context, just lets you know that things are pretty bad. We follow Lason as she travels to England with her mother to wrap up the details regarding her grandmother's murder and she finds herself swept into a world her grandmother died trying to protect.

This novel was a fast read and has a continuing momentum that pulls you through the story. In the class "Alice in Wonderland" tale, Wonderland is under the rule of the Queen of Hearts and is already a terrifying place, but in Weariland, the land is under the rule of the Queen of Souls and things are much worse. I really enjoyed the descriptions of Weariland and the whole creative idea that supported the idea. 

One of the most fascinating things about Wonderland is the crazy imaginative elements and that is starkly contrasted with the dreariness of Weariland. I absolutely adored White and his family of bunnies and it was so lovely to see some familiar characters make appearances. There were a couple of surprises thrown in and I'm still pondering over how I feel about them as they do add something extra to the storyline but they feel a bit cliched at the same time. The execution was decently done and the story overall delivered an interesting experience.

Weariland gives you a taste of the world and what it has to offer and I believe that in the future books, there will be more adventures and clarification as this novel focused on setting the stage.

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