5 stars for Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase #MM #YA #fantasy @HarmonyInk @Dreamspinners


Title: Mad About the Hatter
Author Name & Publisher: Dakota Chase (Harmony Ink Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 20th, 2015 — 190 pages


This isn’t his sister’s Wonderland….

Henry never believed his older sister, Alice’s, fantastic tales about the world down the rabbit hole. When he’s whisked away to the bizarre land, his best chance for escape is to ally himself with the person called the Mad Hatter. Hatter—an odd but strangely attractive fellow—just wants to avoid execution. If that means delivering “Boy Alice” to the Queen of Hearts at her Red Castle, Hatter will do what he has to do to stay alive. It doesn’t matter if Henry and Hatter find each other intolerable. They’re stuck with each other.

Along their journey, Henry and Hatter must confront what they’ve always accepted as truth. As dislike grows into tolerance and something like friendship, the young men see the chance for a closer relationship. But Wonderland is a dangerous place, and first they have to get away with their lives.

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Mad About the Hatter is the perfect story. It’s a Wonderland fantasy adventure, full of characters and riddles and Pastry Wars, and it just happens to have a gay love story in it. That’s what I’ve always wanted in mainstream fiction. Just a slightly queer angle, looking at things another way. This isn’t a gay YA problem novel, it’s a fantasy book with two guys I fell in love with.
Wonderland’s Hatter is either friend or foe, and he’s got a problem. The Red Queen wants him to find “Boy Alice” and bring him back to the Red Castle for execution. Straightforward, right?
“Boy Alice” is Henry, Alice’s little brother (in an updated, modern “real” world), who hates her stupid Wonderland stories and her stupid face. But he’s been dropped into Wonderland to find Hatter. So they meet. Wonderland ensues.
I am not a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but anyone who is a fan will sigh with relief and joy at a book that really gives life to Wonderland. All the beloved characters come alive, from Cheshire Cat to Tweedledee and Tweedledum, infused with energy. The world-building is fun, the scenes are funny, and Hatter and Henry’s romance is neither too rushed nor too subtle. Everything works.
In a world where everything’s topsy-turvy, Chase manages to get everything just right.
~C. E. Case


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Dakota Chase writes stories of the fantastical, of ghosts and monsters, and time travel. She lives right on the border of Normal, and has been known to take quick trips into the next town over, Crazy, although she usually finds her way home again without little trouble. She shares her home with “Nibbles,” her Shar Pei/Labrador mix breed that may or may not be a werewolf in disguise, and a husband who definitely isn’t a werewolf even though he’s been known to be shaggy, and howl from time to time. She has four grown children, one of whom has spawned, resulting in two grandchildren whom she adores. When she isn’t writing, Dakota likes to crochet odd things, like killer shark slippers and skull dolls. She loves sushi, spicy foods, and grapes, but is highly allergic to any form of math.


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