The first 25% of this novel is fantastic. Why? Because there is adventure, cool plot twists, an actual clearly defined plot (take notes, Book Two!), Wonderland creepiness, and a blissful lack of the two male sides of the love triangle. Then Morpheus shows up and, interesting though he is, things start to go downhill. Then Jeb shows up with his asshole factor dialed up to unbearable levels, and I was once again trapped in YA Love Triangle Purgatory until everything wrapped up in an are-you-kidding-me anti-climax.
If I had a dollar for every time Alyssa moans in this book about how her heart is literally and figuratively tearing in two, I could probably afford a trip to London to search for the Rabbit Hole. If you adore books about virginal borderline Mary Sues who love two different assholes and can’t imagine life without either of them, you might love this series. It does have a cool premise and an awesome backdrop. For me, it was just okay. And I’m taking the second short story collection off my to-buy list. Howard’s Wonderland is spectacular, but I am so done with these characters.