Weariland - Deb Coman, Mary Sue Shotwell
  *** Weariland by Mary Shotwell Genre: YA Release Date: May 10th 2016 Merge Publishing Summary: For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text.  “HIDING PLACE.”  The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in their arrival.  As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day), Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary world once known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help in finding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure through Weariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful, fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusive history. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return…  My Review I really loved this retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I got really wrapped into the story from the beginning. I really loved the main character of Lason, she was definitely a very interesting young adult. Boy for not a very long book, it was filled with a lot of action and adventure. Lason sure went through a lot, in this book. The little tiny bit that Lason's grandmother was in it, which was just in the beginning, she seemed like she would have been in awesome character. I wasn't sure about Lason's mother at first, but I started to like her towards the ending. I felt bad for her when Lason went missing. I really loved some of the characters from Weariland, I would have to say that White the rabbit was my favorite. And I couldn't stand the Queen of Souls, who is the queen now. I am still not sure about Nicholas another character, I am not sure if he's good or bad. I am not going to tell you who Nicholas is, you'll just have to read the book to find out whom he is, on your own. Another character that is in the book but not from Weariland is, Inspector Landry. I am not sure about him either. I really liked the ending it tied up somethings, but there is still a lot of things that still is left to take care of. I really can't wait to read the next adventure that Lason, will find herself in. I offered to take part in this book tour on my very own. This review is my personal opinion, and no one else's. Add to Goodreads Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book Trailer: About the Author Mary grew up in northeast Ohio, so it was only natural for her to pursue a degree in marine biology. After studying dolphin behavior and estimating great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there, during the arduous dissertation process, where she had the idea to write a book.  With Alice and the crazy characters from Wonderland staring her down from her bedroom poster, Mary envisioned what that fantasy realm would look like in current day. Creative writing served as a natural escape from technical writing, wedding planning, pregnancy, and job hunting.  Mary is excited to debut Weariland (Merge Publishing, 2016), a novel introducing Lason Davies, a teenager who learns about her family's past in a world once called Wonderland. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and three children. Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours