In Review: The Wonder of You (A Different Kind of Wonderland #1) by Harper Kincaid

Posted February 23, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: The Wonder of You (A Different Kind of Wonderland #1) by Harper KincaidThe Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid
Series: A Different Kind of Wonderland #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 13, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 170 pages
How I got it: From the author
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What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through
Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland:
New York City.

Alice Leighton may have stopped chasing rabbits a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean she’s not up for some grown up adventures. What’s not part of her Alice 2.0 plan: losing her head – and heart – to the rugged and enigmatic Dare Grangeworth.

Women go mad over him, but not Alice.
No way. She may be curious, but she’s not stupid.

Now the man used to being pursued is the one doing the chasing. He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, everything between them feels larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, but is it enough to keep Alice by his side in Wonderland?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

As soon as I saw the cover and blurb for The Wonder of You, I knew I had to read it. I’d never read any of Harper’s books before, but this one sounded way too good to pass up. I was all in for this book as soon as I hit the second page. Alice was amazing and sassy in the way she stood up to the (then) stranger who was trying to take her cab and I developed a total girl crush. I love a sassy heroine who has no problem standing up for herself.

I’ve read a number of young adult retellings, but I haven’t found that many new adult or adult ones that have interested me. I really should spend some time looking for others because I thoroughly enjoyed this. I’m not the biggest fan of Alice in Wonderland — I don’t dislike it, but I don’t feel as strongly about it as many of my friends do — but I was still fascinated by the concept here. I think it played out well, too, because the book totally lived up to the blurb and had me flipping pages like I was possessed. I needed more of Alice and Dare. Their story was fun and sexy — and a little dirty — and I wanted to see how it all played out.

The Wonder of You was a great introduction to Harper’s writing and the Different Kind of Wonderland series. I loved how she wove Alice in Wonderland references in without hitting you over the head with them. They were subtle, but I think that made the book even better. I’m nearly as intrigued by the secondary characters as I was Alice and Dare and I’m hoping to see more from all of them very soon. I can’t wait to see whose book will be next and, truthfully, I don’t really have a preference. I want them all.


“Hey. Newsflash, jackass: I am not your personal bachelor party and this is not your cab. So feel free to throw that white male privilege you’re carrying ’round somewhere else.”

“I think being rude and pushing people out of your way is probably who you are—either that, or it’s who you’ve become. One’s true character reveals itself when things aren’t convenient.”

I may have fallen down the rabbit hole, but I didn’t fall off the turnip truck. Guys like City always got what they wanted. And this time, he wasn’t going to get me.

About Harper Kincaid

A woman with the heart of a revolutionary,
The mind of a pragmatist,
And the inappropriate humor of your tipsy BFF...

Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. Along the way, she worked as a community organizer, a professional matchmaker, an art teacher, a popular blogger, and a crisis counselor (to name a few). All the while, longing to have the guts and follow-through to do what I really wanted: to write and become a published author. That wish has finally come true.

Besides writing about sexy people falling in love, Harper adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, wearing black, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh 'til they snort. She's a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but have now happily settled in the cutest lil' town, Vienna, Virginia.

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