A Blade So Black (Nightmare-Verse, #1) by L.L. McKinney

A Blade So Black (Nightmare-Verse, #1)

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But ...

Details A Blade So Black (Nightmare-Verse, #1)

TitleA Blade So Black (Nightmare-Verse, #1)
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Reviews A Blade So Black (Nightmare-Verse, #1)

  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    1/10/18 - Holy maple bacon cupcakes batman, that COVER!!! That cover! That cover gives me #BlackGirlMagic feels all up and down my spine! It's everything and it's why #representationmatters. I've been meaning to write an actual review but really all I can say is I wish a book like this existed when I was a little Black nerd girl who grew up on a steady diet of Mighty Isis, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman and Emma Peel. Alice was total #heroinegoal...
  • Kaylee
    The amount of negative reviews this book is getting from butthurt white people because the author tweeted saying whiteness tires her so much is fucking ridiculous. Reverse racism does not exist. Plus, the fact that it took a black woman tweeting a pretty valid negative thing about white people caused such an uproar is very telling. Where were all of you people with these negative reviews concerning *actual* problematic books and authors? This is ...
  • Terry Bell
    Not to brag, but. *I* got to read an early draft of this, and if you're jealous right now? You should be. Alice is the ass-kicking, Sailor-Moon-cosplaying, out-Buffying-Buffy heroine you didn't know you were waiting for. Not to brag, but. *I* got to read an early draft of this, and if you're jealous right now? You should be. Alice is the ass-kicking, Sailor-Moon-cosplaying, out-Buffying-Buffy heroine you didn't know you were waiting for.
  • Heidi Heilig
    I cannot wait for this book. I cannot wait for this book.
  • Joanna J.
    First, let me start with things I liked about the book: that cover is gorgeous! Any book lover knows a good cover is LIFE, am I right?! I also like the concept behind the book, because Alice in Wonderland has never felt like the tame, docile movie Disney spun out. A darker, more vicious story sounded awesome. I really appreciate LL McKinney's creative take on a classic story, and I'm a huge Buffy fan, so I loved that concept as well! I was disapp...
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    this is basically just city of bones + twilight (alice in wonderland version)DNF @ 46%Review copy provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review! Thanks so much!
  • jv poore
    Important Update: A Dream So Dark has arrived and now I know what I'm doing today!!!!******* ******** ******* ****** ******** ********* **********Alice is beyond badass in Ms. McKinney's pumped-up, re-imagined Wonderland. A Blade So Black is the epitome of what gets me excited for "my" students. Although, I could kick myself for finishing this one without having the follow-up, A Dream So Dark, right beside me.
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    This was written perfectly to appeal to black teens who never knew they could enjoy fantasy. Alice is a courageous teen who discovers her own power to kill monsters called Nightmares from the mysterious Wonderland. She has to grapple with real monsters in Wonderland while also dealing with the trauma of feeling unsafe and gun violence in her neighborhood. Alice's best friends are Courtney and Chess they make endearing jokes about race and try to ...
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    I received an arc from Raincoast Books Canada in exchange for a honest review. When I first saw the cover of this book, I screamed. I loved the cover so much and when I read what the book was about--an Alice in Wonderland retelling--I screamed even louder. So imagine my disappointment when I read the first couple of chapters and really, really, really, couldn't push through another page. Firstly, the writing isn't very good. It's a fantasy with...
  • Stacee
    I had seen a lot of talk about this one, but didn’t realize it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling until recently and I was so excited for it. I liked Alice well enough. She’s loyal and she means well, but she came across as bratty and ungrateful. Yes, yes, classic teenager attitude, yet when you’re legit never home and your mom is extra worried due to a neighborhood girl being recently killed, maybe don’t be a dick. There is a pretty la...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    Yall, no. The writing is not my style. It is choppy, rough, and difficult to get through. There is no fluidity to it at all. This is a book that didn't show me what was happening, it told me. I never connected with any part of this at all.------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...If you ever want to talk about a book that was an absolute struggle to get through, pull up a chair and get cozy because we’ll talk ...
  • Rec-It Rachel
    is there a rating higher than five stars asking for a friendrelated: F*CK THAT WAS GOOD
  • Kristen
    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Let it be known that if you write a re-imagining or re-interpretation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I will read it.BUT. It either has to be completely original (like Christina Henry's Alice--a shocking, violent romp that leaves a lasting impression) or REALLY good (like Marissa Meyer's Heartless--a prequel story about the Red Queen that is PERFECTION).Which is why th...
  • Julie
    Oh man, this book was FUNNY. As funny as it was action-packed, and the incorporation of all the familiar Alice in Wonderland elements was genius. I love me a sassy, courageous girl MC!
  • Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
    https://mobile.twitter.com/jessesinga...I say no to bullying. https://mobile.twitter.com/jessesinga...I say no to bullying.
  • ren
    updated review on october 4th 2018: i was really excited for this story, but i couldn't get into it, mostly because of the writing. i liked the characters well enough (especially alice and her mom tbh) and the story is interesting, but i only got /really/ interested on what was going on in the last 15% or so. not enough to make me want to read the next book, to be honest, but i admit i'm intrigued by what might happen in this story. comment made ...
  • Mireille Jacobs
    I want to thank all the people who pointed out the author's Twitter feed, and posted links to Tweets of hers where she expresses honest frustration with the racism of the YA genre. You've convinced me to read this book, where previously I might not have been that interested in it. Anyone who is the target of organized hate campaigns as she clearly is (what is this, high school??), and who still has the courage to speak truth to power, is brave en...
  • Olivia-Savannah Roach
    An Alice in Wonderland retelling with a black representation for Alice? I couldn’t resist – I had to have it! Combined with that cover, there was no way I wasn’t going to be able to read this one. I signed up for the tour straight away and don’t regret it at all. I breezed through this book this summer and I’m so happy to finally have read an Alice in Wonderland retelling that I liked. Because this one actually made sense!Having said th...
  • Lashonda
    It's often difficult to separate an author from their work, so I'll do this review in two parts. First, the author:McKinney might think she's on a righteous quest to bring diversity to the publishing industry, but her message is riddled with outright racism and hatred. She blatantly rails against "whiteness", white feminists, and attacks successful books that aren't by black authors. She attacked PBS and "white readers" for their Voters Book Choi...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I was sent a copy in exchange for my honest review* Alice, a young African American girl, is trying to balance her regular life with an overbearing mother and a needy best friend while also being trained to hunt and kill Nightmares in Wonderland by a warrior named Addison Hatta. I was so excited when I originally heard of this book! An Alice in Wonder...
  • Erikka
    This was just bad. It throws you into a plot with no build up or explanation, the writing is clunky and cringe-inducing, and most of the characters have little to no development. I was so excited to read a take on Alice in Wonderland with a POC has the MC and, while this is ostensibly presented as that, it doesn't really have the qualities you expect from Alice in Wonderland. The setting is barely described, she doesn't spend enough time in Wonde...
  • Sarah
    As a huge Alice in Wonderland fan the second I heard A Blade so Black is a retelling where it was actually Buffy who fell down the rabbit hole I was all in for this book and I'm so happy to say that it lived up to my high expectations.Alice is a fantastic character, she's smart and hard working and she knows how to kick butt. She may not always make the right choices but she goes with her gut and she'll fight to the death for the people cares ab...
  • Ivy Moore
    Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...A fun and fierce debut from one of the nicest authors you’ll ever meet (She was wearing a tiny top hat. What more can I say.) Alice herself is strong, while still living a real life and having relatable fears. Almost every aspect of the original Alice in Wonderland was thrown into the present, from the door mouse to the Jabberwocky. While this wasn’t the most “technical” fantasy novel, ...
  • Ricky
    "We can change the whole worldGonna take it over, gonna start it overDon't you know what we could be?A new beginning, fight until we're winningTell me that you're in itDon't you wanna be a superhero?"-Simon Curtis"Heroes always get remembered, but you know legends never die!"-Panic! at the Disco, "The Emperor's New Clothes"The last ARC I traded for online in August, finally reviewing now, and I'm gonna call this one a case of saving the best for ...
  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! I got an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley, but then I bought a hardcover myself and read that instead.I honestly don’t like Alice in Wonderland very much? That goes for both the animated and live action films Disney has made. I’ve yet to read Lewis Carroll’s books, though that’s something I’d like to do one day. That doesn’t stop me from going for Alice retellings, especially when the autho...