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Wonderland ❰Reading❯ ➾ Wonderland Author Zoje Stage – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk If Shirley Jackson wrote The Shining it might look like this deliciously unsettling horror novel from the acclaimed author of Baby TeethA mother must protect her family from the unnatural forces threa If Shirley Jackson wrote The Shining it might look like this deliciously unsettling horror novel from the acclaimed author of Baby TeethA mother must protect her family from the unnatural forces threatening their new and improved life in a rural farmhouseThe Bennett family artist parents and two precocious children are leaving their familiar urban surroundings for a new home in far upstate New York They're an hour from the nearest city a mile from the nearest house and everyone has their own room for the very first time Shaw the father even gets his own painting studio now that he and his wife Orla a retired dancer have agreed that it's his turn to pursue his passionBut none of the Bennetts expect what lies waiting in the lovely woods where secrets run dark and deep Orla must finally find a way to communicate with not just resist this unknown entity that is coming to her family calling to them from the land in the earth beneath the trees and in their minds.

10 thoughts on “Wonderland

  1. Kat Kat says:

    the scariest thing about this book was that they thought it was accurate to market it as if shirley jackson wrote the shining

  2. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    Upon her retirement from a professional ballet company in New York City Orla is ready to settle in to care for her two sensitive children Eleanor ueen and Tycho Her artist husband Shaw really needs a chance to focus on his workUp until this point Shaw has been the main caregiver for the children as Orla's career reuired long hours outside of the home A sacrifice he was than willing to make but now they both feel it's his timeThe couple decide to move to Northern New York a remote area closer to where Shaw grew up Orla is ready for a change and making a clean break from her dance lifeBonus that the open space and slower lifestyle will be good for the children Plus the beauty of nature is really what Shaw wants to encapsulate with his artAfter purchasing an old farmhouse with plenty of acreage far from civilization they make their move It's already the holiday season and snow covers the ground giving the children something exciting to focus onIt seems to be exactly what they wanted until it's notThe seclusion uickly gets to them and mysterious events start occurring on the property And by mysterious I mean freaky as heckExamples would include the Aurora Borealis appearing in an area it shouldn't be visible 10 feet of snow falling in one night and the trees consistently creeping closer to the house These are mild examples of course I will leave the bigger ones for you to discover on your ownAdditionally Shaw and Eleanor ueen both seem to be channeling a powerful energy from the woods As you can imagine it's all a bit overwhelmingWhen things turn dangerous Orla must do whatever she can to protect her family from the entity trying to trap themDark and dangerous this book explores some weighty and thought provoking subjects Wonderland is a very slow burn and one that you need some time to think about It's a uiet story in way I think the longer I sit with this the I may grow to appreciate itThe uality of Stage's writing cannot be denied I love it but also realize this book will not be for everyone parts of it weren't even for meI do feel the end dragged a lot than it needed too and began to feel monotonous because of thatOverall though I think this is a wildly creative and thoughtful story I will keep coming back for anything she writesThank you so much to the publisher Mulholland Books for providing me a copy to read and review I genuinely appreciate it

  3. Lori Lori says:

    There's a sentence about halfway through Wonderland where the mother thinks if they could only get away safely she'd let her son Tycho sing The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round a song they'd always discouraged him from singing because of its annoying repetition This was my favorite sentence in the book because it's so ironic it made me laugh out loud I had high hopes for this horror novel because people I trust love Baby Teeth but I think I would have preferred reading 350 pages of The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round because it could be less annoying than WonderlandThe publisher has compared this to Shirley Jackson mixed with The Shining So think of The Haunting of Hill House Then subtract from it all of the suspense the multidimensional characters the erotic undertones and every bit of scary stuff Now think of The Shining Erase Jack and REDRUM and the twins and the blood on the walls and the ghosts in the bar and the hedge maze and anything else that was horrifying terrifying and entertaining Just take the frights and the fun out of both and you're almost at Wonderland Why publishers make these inappropriate comparisons I don't know They're setting up the reader and the author too Try it Here's one I recommend reading one of my favorite books Nabokov's Pale Fire because it's so remarkably like Charlie Brown comics compilations and Thus Spoke ZarathustraI don't doubt Baby Teeth is a really great book This isn't even a good book it's a horridly boring and freuently ridiculous book It's about a family that moves from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks to an isolated home The wife was a ballet dancer which if you read this you will be told a hundred times at least The husband who is from kind of around there wants to paint They want their kids to grow up with fresh air and nature Note I grew up in NYC and you know there's summer camp and summer homes and rentals and day trips Just saying they could have practiced The kids have weird names a little boy named Tycho and his older sister Eleanor ueen who takes the crown for most annoying character name I've yet to encounter Their names will be repeated a thousand times although Eleanor ueen's feels like ten thousand at least Eleanor ueen was annoying the first time and I kept hoping her mother the ballet dancer would call her E or any nickname Girl would have been fine but nope it's the full Eleanor ueen for the full book in which not much happens so you really really notice the repetition of Eleanor ueen and Tycho over and over because you're reading what they have for breakfast lunch and dinner and what they wear and how they sleep and every move they make and every thought their parents especially the mother who was a ballet dancer and is a total bore have about Eleanor ueen and Tycho Eleanor ueen and Tycho Eleanor ueen Tycho Tycho Eleanor ueen if you're not exasperated yet please teach me patience Because they live in a book I wanted to throw Eleanor ueen and Tycho across the room But it's not their fault the author named them that and an editor didn't have the sense to say um how about Jack and Jill or something easier since you're going to have these names in every other sentenceThere's the family the house the giant tree and the snow and nothing much happens I didn't like the parents and I was so incredibly sick of reading Eleanor ueen and Tycho The tree is supposed to be menacing the snow is supposed to be menacing except they're not because everything moves so slowly and the narrative is so boring there's no suspense and most of it makes no sense I wish I had't bothered to finish because there's no payoff and as I write there's a genuinely unnerving pandemic going on and this collection of sentences about oooh big scary tree that has very nothing much happening and stars Tycho and Eleanor ueen that never once frightened me was a EMIT YM FO ETSAW

  4. Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestZoje Stage seems to be taking things that most people like and find wholesome and turning them into objects of horror Children? Check Nature? Check What's next bake sales? Dogs? Sunsets? Whatever she picks I'm sure I'll find it totally validating because this book reminded me why I hate camping and hiking so much Nature can be creepy I don't think I've ever been so freaked out by trees since I read UPROOTED by Naomi NovikThis book is about a family that ends up moving to the middle of nowhere so the husband Shaw can paint His wife Orla is a retired ballerina and now that her star has faded she's going to be the one taking care of the kids in their reclusive cabin in the woods But what first seems like a rustic and charming idyll uickly starts to become uneasy and horrifying as the family starts to see things that can't be explained like lights strange weather and other phenomena that defy rational explanations but somehow seem to be tied to the mysterious white pine on their property And then things start to get really really twistedLike a tree root LOL jk  For the first 75% of the book I was deliberating on giving this book 5 stars Stage captures in this book the ambient horror that made Ira Levin such a lasting read You don't need blood and body counts to make a horror novel good; the atmosphere in this book is fantastic Regardless of what you end up deciding about WONDERLAND it is unuestionably a better book than BABY TEETH The character development is refined it is less cheesy horror movie and Kubrickian and the writing is much mature and even lyrical in some parts I liked this a lot and found it way less frustrating than I did BABY TEETH which felt like a bad 80s horror movie at timesThe last 25% of this book got a little weird And I don't want to say any about it because I don't want to spoil the ending but to explain why this didn't end up getting a solid 4 stars from me or even a five I want to tell you about this movie called The Langoliers which is one of Stephen King's lesser known projects It's a horror movie that is filled with pulse pounding spine chilling build up which is ruined in an instant during the grand reveal where you are treated to some truly heinous CGI I have a shelf on Goodreads called The Langoliers Effect where I shelve horror novels whose effects are slightly tarnished by their reveals and I feel like that is slightly the case here It doesn't spoil the book but it does get kind of weird and not necessarily in the good kind of wayIf you enjoy Ira Levin or M Night Shyamalan 's good movies I think you will like this The atmosphere is nicely crafted and the writing is great and it is so freaking creepy Even if you didn't like her first book BABY TEETH I would still urge you to give this one a try as it's uite a different book from her first and she's improved so much between then and now that I'm really excited for whatever she decides to put out there next because I'm sure it will be even betterPS The children are named Eleanor ueen and Tycho and the parents are named Shaw and Orla Wot Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review  35 to 4 stars

  5. Jasmine from How Useful It Is Jasmine from How Useful It Is says:

    I always plow into a story without knowing anything about it but because I have read this author's debut I have a certain expectation and this story is different Definitely interesting about small space living versus big space living Orla's family used to live in NY in their cramped apartment where they are always in each other's face Now they are living in the country in a big farmhouse with the kids sleeping in separate rooms she worries that her family will grow apart I like Orla's heart to heart talks with her daughter The words flow by fast to me but the story seems to slow with the narrator feeling regret for her move and her thinking a far range of explanations for unexplained happenings
This book is told in the third person point of view following Orla retired ballet dancer as she and her husband Shaw 38 their daughter Eleanor ueen 9 and son Tycho 4 are driving to rural Adirondacks relocating away from New York city The move was for Shaw's benefit because he wanted to be with nature for his interest in painting Despite Orla feeling anxiety about living out of nowhere she kept it to herself and agreed to move to make her husband happy Upon arrival both her daughter and Orla were spooked Soon the family started seeing things that weren't there like aurora borealis It might be hallucinations due to well water the land being haunted or something else
Wonderland is a different read compared to the author's debut This book should be categorized as of a paranormal or magical realism story instead of thriller That ending definitely not what I have expected but I liked it The read is creepy at times I think if there was another view of the anonymous It then the story would go by faster or at least kept me hooked longer I was getting tired of Orla's view by chapter 28 Her reactions are realistic and in any given situations anyone would react the same One view just makes me feel the narrative is lengthy I like the nature aspects of this book though I'm a city girl and would never choose to live in a secluded place everxoxo Jasmine at wwwhowusefulitiswordpresscom for details Many thanks to Little Brown Books for the opportunity to read and review Please be assured that my opinions are honest

  6. Michelle Michelle says:

    I will murder someone for a copy of this arc I'm kidding Or am I??? 😈

  7. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Sometimes you step out and read something a little different than your normDid you read Baby Teeth Zoje’s Stage’s last book? I did not Too chicken Do you ever read thrillers with just a touch of horror? I don’t usually thinking horror is not my thing Some are even calling Wonderland a dark fantasy and I get it While not a typical horror or fantasy reader I recently read The Ancestor and loved it so I wanted to give Wonderland a try and I was not disappointedThe Bennett family moves from the city to upstate New York Very upstate The closest house is a mile away with tons of privacy in the middle of the woods Something is calling to the family This book is CREEPY I had to suspend disbelief as I often do with thrillers in order to get the most out of itOnce the family moves there are weather changes It’s hard to know if things are really happening or if they are hallucinations Is it the house? Is it what’s outside? Just let go and be prepared to get lost in this dark dark worldI’ll never look at a tree the same way again 😱I received a gifted copy All opinions are my ownMany of my reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom and instagram wwwinstagramcomtarheelreader

  8. Bridgett Bridgett says:

    Well that was a huge struggle Okay friends I'm just going to go thereno beating around the bush This story was dull in every imaginable way I actually contemplated not finishing it something I rarely do but holy crap the repetition I would read five percent on my Kindlethen give myself a pep talk to read five It was tediousI will say thisthe prose was lovely and Zoje Stage absolutely nailed the setting I felt as though I was personally living in this old rundown cabin in the middle of the Adirondacks She perfectly captured the dark foreboding environment as well as the feelings of the characters as they adjusted to their new lives but that's where my happy thoughts end Wonderland was horribly slow painfully repetitive and the conclusion was bizarre but not in a good way And don't even get me started on the children's names If I have to read Eleanor ueen or Tycho one timeI think I may scream I loved Baby Teeth and I've been eagerly anticipating Stage's sopho offering for the past 2 yearsbut man what a disappointment AVAILABLE NOW 15 stars

  9. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Hooray Another semi unpopular review is on its way When I read the definition of the book if Shirley Jackson wrote Shining it might look like this I chant “Yes Yes Yes”and after getting rejections from NG I still kept my composure I didn’t throw anything or jumped on coffee table and cried as I asked myself “why why why the publishers hate me so much”I am not a drama ueen right? Okay I jumped on coffee table but after ugly crying session later I performed tap dance See I can be optimistic waited till its release date excitedly started as soon as my book arrived Well of course cabin in the woods in the middle of Adirondacks Poltergeist meets Conjuring and Shining kind of eerie story premise is dreamy combination So what could get wrong? Well I tell you what’s wrong when I’m giving details about storyA cute family part of four living in a shoe box size extra close encounters of the family kind NY house living each other’s face needing for a change not to choke each other Okay I over exaggerated but they actually need a bigger placeSo Orla mother retired ballet dancer Shawn who wants to sharpen his painting skills fingers crossed moving into rural area in the middle of nowhere doesn’t make him dull boy and sharpening his skills to throw at axes sweet children who have worst unimaginative and meaningless names Eleanor ueen and Tycho?? Poor children should sue their parents to ruin their childhood Eleanor is 9 and little Tycho is 4 As soon as they decide to move their bigger spacier but also creepier place the weather starts to change and weird things start to happen put them in a position not to differentiate the reality and hallucinations Yes most parts of the book is blurry confusing brain cell frying kind of uestioningly indecisive I personally adore bleak eerie high tension horror meets paranormal genre stories but this book was too slow too boring and too depressingly exhausting You feel like you are trapped in a same circle and nothing new comes out Everything repeats itself It could have been shorter and the pace could have been faster And of course outcome of the story was nonsense for me I enjoyed Baby Teeth It was disturbing but smart gripping debut I can empathize with the author’s decision to choose writing on a different genre But honestly this slow ultra confusing illogical direction of story didn’t fit my expectations I’m giving 25 stars and rounding them up for the promising beginning but unfortunately this is not my cup of Bourbon Yes I need a stronger drink after reading the ending and wiping away my frustration

  10. Matthew Matthew says:

    After enjoying Stage’s Baby Teeth I had high hopes for this one Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it uite as much In fact at one point in the book I was pretty sure it was going to be a 2 star review But the ending ended up redeeming it somewhat and I was not unsatisfied that I read itMy biggest issue with the first 23 of the book was that it was drawn out and repetitive Have you ever read a book where it felt like all the meat was in the last 50 pages or so and the buildup only had about 10 pages of material but the author stretched out to 250? If so you know what this one felt like to me The story was interesting and uniue but the only was to expand the exposition was to get the same inner monologue from the main character over and over again until the climax was finally reached But the climax was pretty decent so it was at least kinda worth itAt first this book made me think a lot of The Shining If stories where people seclude themselves in the snowy wilderness and start to lose their minds is your jam then it is worth checking this out I listened to this while walking in 85 to 95 degree weather so there I was sweating like crazy while my characters were freezing the dichotomy of it crossed my mind several timesIf you are willing to readlisten to slow burn supernatural thrillers this one is worth a try for the sake of the resolution But if you don’t have patience for the slow burn this may end up in your DNF pileNote on the audiobook The Xe Sands narration was not great; a very whispery and uncomfortable delivery Just my opinion

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