(Descriptions from Goodreads)
The Legend of Ellie Quin by Alex Scarrow, review at Stainless Steel Droppings
Welcome to a universe as you've never seen it before;- genetically engineered pocket pets, plant life with a crabby attitude, soda pops that fight back...and revoltingly slimy junk food.
Ellie Quin's just an ordinary young girl. Bored with her life on a remote farm, staring up at the stars at night and wishing she was far away on another more exciting planet.
She thought she was ordinary. Turns out she couldn't have been more wrong. It turns out she's the most valuable, the most dangerous, the most sought-after human in the universe... and there are people already zeroing in on her.
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:
The Explorer by James Smythe, review at My Bookish Ways
Anticipation for 2013
The Ranting Dragon offers up their Top Twenty Most Anticipated Novels of January 2013.