A Dream So Dark (A Blade So Black, #2) by L.L. McKinney

A Dream So Dark (A Blade So Black, #2)

Still reeling from her recent battle (and grounded until she graduates), Alice must abandon her friends to complete her mission: find The Heart and prevent the Red Lady's rise. But the deeper she ventures into Wonderland, the more topsy-turvy everything becomes. It’s not until she’s at her wits end that she realizes—Wonderland is trying to save her.There’s a new player on the board; a poet capable of using Nightmares to not only influence...

Details A Dream So Dark (A Blade So Black, #2)

TitleA Dream So Dark (A Blade So Black, #2)
Release DateSep 24th, 2019
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Fiction

Reviews A Dream So Dark (A Blade So Black, #2)

  • Quinn
    I haven't read this book yet, but it's not going to be out for another 6 1/2 months, which means MOST people haven't read it yet, and yet somehow, 57% of the reviews are all 1-star.Stories that center around straight white males (people who make up 25-30% of America and 5-10% of the world) don't get subjected to these kinds of pearl-clutching censorship campaigns to the same degree as books like this that center around about anybody else (people ...
  • Olivia-Savannah Roach
    When I read and reviewed A Blade so Black, I was left with some mixed feelings. While there were elements to the first book that I enjoyed, there were some that I wanted to change too. I took a chance on the sequel and A Dream so Dark pleasantly surprised me! I really enjoyed this one, a lot more than book one. It’s definitely worth continuing the series.This book continues right where the second one left off. In terms of plot, it’s a lot str...
  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    That. Fucking. Awesome. Cover!!! Gimme this now!!! 2019 and The Fountain Pen Diva demands MORE BIPoC on my book covers and in the books I read.
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    I read and adored the first book in The Nightmare-Verse series, A Blade So Black, an urban fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderlandset in modern day Atlanta. It was an original take with teen Alice Kingston training with Addison Hatta to battle Nightmares in the realm called Wonderland. Readers were given an interesting history of the three Queens and then a dangerous foe arrived: the Black Knight.A Dream So Dark brings readers back to the action...
  • Cheshire
    https://slate.com/culture/2019/01/blo...I've given this rating because of all the complications surrounding this book. I think I will stay away from this series by this author because of the controversy. I have seen goodreads users attacked left right and centre because others feel the same way. This is my opinion, it is not an attack on the author, nor anyone who likes this book, so don't attack me because you don't understand what has been goin...
  • Ricky
    Well, of course this sequel's happening. Tell us something we don't know. *insert Sherlock Holmes responding how a pig's orgasm lasts up to thirty minutes*But seriously. I'm super overjoyed that this book has finally graced our shelves.And with a cover so bloody beautiful, seeing it in person was amazing! Though I didn't get it as an ARC like I did for ABSB, all good things come to those who wait, eh?And yes, I couldn't help but notice the heart ...
  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    Oh, this was good. This was SO good and even better than A Blade So Black. Higher stakes, fantastic developments, and new characters that I loved instantly. - A retelling of Alice in Wonderland but darker, more sinister, with just the right amount of whimsy and peculiarities of the original story.- Continues the story of Alice, a Dreamwalker or guardian of the portal between our world and Wonderland.- Following the events of the last book, Alice ...
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  • Neeks
    I hate that I find so many editing issues in these books because I genuinely LOVE the premise. I love how McKinney write fights scenes, I love how we go from point A to point B, I ADORE Alice and, by association, Hatta. So WHY do I continue to feel like these books just needed an extra week with an editor? After my review for A Blade so Black I felt like honest to goodness crap. I truly did. I liked the foundations, I liked what we were building ...
  • Tayla
    2.5 starsI liked this one *slightly* more than the first, but still disappointed.It's not that A Dream So Dark is bad, it's just... A mess. I'm so frustrated with some of the relationships because, as I mentioned when I read the first book, it felt like they were just thrown in to check a square on a "YA trends to capitalize on" bingo card. Representation is great, but it kinda feels like pandering if it does nothing to advance the plot. But, I'm...
  • Claire
    Well, this was a freaking soap opera from start to finish.From 4 “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” reps (out them 5) to poorly handled familial and romantic relationships, and not one but two love triangles that involve the same character—yes, two (2) in one book, you read that right—that were just... terribly written, developed, and resolved, this one was a huge disappointment. After finishing the first book, expectations weren't high, (even ...
  • Valerie Fazio
    Goodreads giveaway. The language is very casual which seemed to devalue and discredit the author. It felt like a teen writing a YA teen book. Needless to say, it was difficult to get through. I often love fairy-tale, fantasy spin-off novels but this one just didn't do it for me. The first book of this series was borderline bearable, however, I was just happy to be done with this one. Would not recommend, I'm happy I didn't purchase this book and ...
  • Chris Talbot-Heindl
    I wanted to love it, but I just didn't. There didn't seem to be much character development between the first book and the end of the second book. I thought we would have gotten somewhere with them by now. I'm also kind of sick of Alice falling in love with literally anyone who treats her nicely. There's nothing in the history of what we've been given to suggest that would be a trauma response, so I don't get it.I appreciate the addition of LGBTIQ...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) A Dream So Dark is an action packed sequel to A Blade So Black. An Alice and Wonderland re-telling, A Dream So Dark advances us further into Wonderland. We fall head first into a world of wonder, danger, and conspiracy. A Dream So Dark is non-stop action. There are revelations, betrayals, and new friends. While you can certainly get lo...
  • NC Nerd
    This is a YA, Fantasy for 14+. @401 pages. (May change at final print)There is violence, some cursing, some LGBT references, and some teenage "angsty" kissing. I received an ARC from a Goodreads giveawayFirst of all, if you loved the cover for A Blade So Black, you are gonna flip your lid over the cover for A Dream So Dark. When I was young bookworm teen, I was feening for a series like this. I read Stephen King, because he was good for adding PO...
  • Louise
    "I am Alice Kingston. AndI am afraid. But fear cannot stop me." This is not my favourite Alice re-telling.That honour always, always, goes to Frank Beddor's, The Looking Glass Wars .It was the first Alice re-telling I'd ever read and it burrowed it's frumious Bandersnatch claws into me and never let go.To this day, I've yet to find another to usurp its place. A Dream So Dark , though?A firm second.A firm equal second with Christina Henry's, A...
  • Brandie Bridges
    This book was everything. I love this version of Alice being a badass warrior and making sure all the people in her life that she cares about is safe. I really enjoyed the book because there was nothing but action throughout the book. NOw I will say it was hard for me to get into the book but that was probably because I was in a slump, but once I was a few chapters into the book I was immediately hooked. This book brought many aspect to life for ...
  • Jackie
    I think I enjoyed this one more than the first!“A Dream so Dark” takes us back to Wonderland to face off against this who wish to see Nightmares roam free and create an unstoppable undead army and it be up to Alice and her friends to save the day before the darkness consumes everyone in both worlds. This book still played a lot to the Buffy like elements especially bringing in more of the mundane responsibilities of normal life while trying t...
  • Kymari
    Literally read this all in one go! Couldn’t put it down. The good: the world of Wonderland continues to be expanded with interesting new characters and we even get different POVs in this book! I loved that things are just as action packed as before and just as riveting. I have some ideas of what the major thing at the end happened but I guess I’ll just wait until the third book comes out. The bad: I love that this book is diverse and really t...
  • Susie
    Freaking ChromeBook Distribution gettin in the way of my reading this sequel to an OHMYGAWD amazing story! Had my time been my own since this book arrived (it’s the first and only book I’ve ever won by entering goodreads giveaways for the last 6 years!), I’d have finished it in a flash. This story is so rich with surprises and so yummy with unexpected relationships that I always feel just slightly off-kilter. And that’s a GREAT thing. I r...
  • Susan
    This book was everything I hoped the first one would be! This was excellent!! Adventure, intrigue, magic, darkness, lightness, magical creatures, kick ass women: it’s everything I could want in a fantasy book. I loved seeing all these characters fleshed out and enjoyed the new additions. Loved it!I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    I just love this series so much
  • R.C. Rejino
    More thoughts on this when I reread it. But first, I plan to reread A Blade So Black and then IMMEDIATELY launch into the reread of this just because I fucking love this series. Queen of the gays!!!
  • :]
    4.5The fact that chess doesn’t remember the kiss hurts my heart. I loved the ending, didn’t leave me on a cliff. Even though I still have so many questions. Time to wait til the next installment. Also... Humphrey being there is a nice touch. Adds more questions for the next book. 4.5The fact that chess doesn’t remember the kiss hurts my heart. I loved the ending, didn’t leave me on a cliff. Even though I still have so many questions. ...
  • Julia971
    Alice is still herself and she is still the truth. This sequel is action packed and a little bit more on the romantic side. The nightmare verse is still as frightening as ever but Alice finds out she has more allies than she thought she had. My only regret? There is a weird thing with her friend that is strangely not explored...To my fantasy fans: if you liked the first one, you'll love this one. To my romance fans : you'll be happier. To my Alic...
  • Ryanreads
    the random pansexualism and stereotypical colloquialisms were off putting decent story though wished this was the final book