A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

From Goodreads:

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.


My Review:

When I read the book, to be honest, I was curious because of the image. There is a fierce African-American female ready to fight, with a blade, superimposed in a space with flowers. How beautiful is that?! The novel is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland in Atlanta, Georgia. How intriguing…. so my curiosity led me to a wonderfully written novel. I fell in love with the main character, Alice. She is a fierce female who has to weather the death of her father, and then, the feelings she has for two of the guys in her life has her heart split. She also has to fight these creatures derived from nightmares (in the dream world). I loved it! The characters are relatable. L.L. McKinney did a wonderful job. Check it out 🙂

I give the novel four stars. I loved it, but the cliffhanger and the feeling that there could be so much more development in the story had me wanting more.

If you’re wanting to know more about the writer, please check this out..

L.L. McKinney’s Website.

Thank you NetGalley and McMillan/Imprint for such a great novel!