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Review: A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney

A Dream So Dark is an action packed sequel to A Blade So Black. An Alice and Wonderland re-telling, A Dream So Dark advances us further into Wonderland. We fall head first into a world of wonder, danger, and conspiracy.


Still reeling from her recent battle (and grounded until she graduates), Alice must abandon her friends to complete her mission: find The Heart and prevent the Red Lady’s rise. But the deeper she ventures into Wonderland, the more topsy-turvy everything becomes. It’s not until she’s at her wits end that she realizes—Wonderland is trying to save her.

There’s a new player on the board; a poet capable of using Nightmares to not only influence the living but raise the dead. This Poet is looking to claim the Black Queen’s power—and Alice’s budding abilities—as their own.

Dreams have never been so dark in Wonderland, and if there is any hope of defeating this mystery poet’s magic, Alice must confront the worst in herself, in the people she loves, and in the very nature of fear itself.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

A Dream So Dark is non-stop action. There are revelations, betrayals, and new friends. While you can certainly get lost int he action, battle scenes, what I enjoyed most was that A Dream So Dark looks at the nature of our choices. When our memories are taken away, when we lose touch with who we are, what kind of decisions can we make? At what point have we lost ourselves?

Just like in A Blade So Black, I liked Alice’s perspective and style of narration in A Dream So Dark. Her two worlds collide in a collision of sparks and consequences. The past comes to haunt our protagonists as we find out more about Wonderland and the characters we have come to love. What can we do to avoid repeating our past mistakes? While I lacked the urgency of the read and the ending felt a little rushed, I am still very committed to finding out what happens next!

Find A Dream So Dark on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


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