(Wonderland) [PDF READ] í Rob Browatzke

T when I thought I had it Figured Out A Twist Came Can out a new twist came Can for the next book I m not even sure where to start with this book it was by far one of the strangest book I ve ever read It was hard to keep up with all the characters it was a wacky read with drugs alcohol and sex rampant through out the book Which normally isn t a big deal but for me there wasn t a lot of character development through the book Alex was pretty self absorbed through the whole book which made it hard for me to really like him Wonderland was a really fun to read Part mystery part thriller part shallow sexy adventure and full of fun witty humor throughout I m really anxious to get on to the next book because just was just a so much fun Of course if ou re one who pays attention to everybody else s reviews before reading a book The Impostor yeah I might turn away from this one There were lots of reviews that were pretty harsh and people were pretty critical of the whole drugs and drinking and brunch seen but for me that just made it to that much fun we actually have a witty thriller mystery with club kids what couldou ask for Kudos to the rider on a job very well done De jongen, de mol, de vos en het paard you ve definitely got me hooked and I can t wait to read ofour work 355 starsWelcome to Wonderland the hottest night club in town where booze drugs sex and sweaty sexy men are wall to wall in abundance Alex swore to himself and to his boyfriend Steven that he would stop indulging in all the not so hidden treasures of Wonderland But staying on the straight and narrow isn t as easy as it seems especially when being bad is as simple as a trip across the dance floor being fondled by the hip jirating twins then winding up at Caterpillars table for a taste After Steven finds Alex s stash in his pants pockets he breaks things off Alex retreats back to Wonderland and winds up cracked out of his mind waking up in the twin s bed the next morning What s worse is when he goes to Steven s house to try and make things right Steven isn t there he is missing The events that take place after Alex s night of debauchery are both mind blowing and fanatical In a race against time to save Steven from the psycho that has kidnapped him and is playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Alex and their friends Alex takes a mind blowing trip down the rabbit hole into the secretive depths of Wonderland I loved how Browatzke took the bones of the classic Wonderland story mangling and twisting the plot into his own twisted tale of sex drugs mystery and intrigue From the night club to the bathhouse and everything in between Alex has to dig deep to decipher the clues he is given if he is going to bring Steven back home There were a few twists and turns that left me dizzy though and a couple times the flow from one aspect of the story to the next was jumpy or broken which put a damper on the overall feel of the story But the almost psychedelic feel of this book really kept me engrossed and entertained throughout If Sybernetics : Musculation stratgique you like me are inexplicably drawn to anything and everything Alice in Wonderland esue then this is a must read forou While I had a few issues with characters and plots within the story overall I am impressed with the Authors ability to spin a within the story overall I am impressed with the Authors ability to spin a and intrigued with this world he has created I cannot wait until May when the next book Mirrorball releases I am certain that Alex and Steven are going to learn that happy ever after is not always what it seems Especially in Wonderland I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review through The reviews killed my joy for this one Alice in Wonderland with gay stereotypes and lots of sex drugs and BRUNCHPass Thank ou Netgalley for providing me a free digital review copy in exchange for an honest reviewFuck Just just fuck I was so looking forward to this book Two of my favorite things to read about is club culture and Alice in Wonderland When I saw this book I immediately reuested it and thought it would be a pretty different read And it was but it was pretty disappointingThe book centers around Alex Alice who s hunting for his boyfriend Steven the White Rabbit who has been kidnapped Sounds interesting right And I m not going to lie it actually was fairly engaging for the first half of the book I could feel how nervous and scared Alex was for Steven and I genuinely felt bad for him Hile being seduced by a pair of twinks who are tweedlehot and tweedlehotter Things only get weirder when Alex learns that Steven is missing and an anonymous phone call warns him that he’ll never see Steven againunless he eats this drinks that and dives deeper down the rabbit hole of decadence This certainly isn’t just another weekend in Wonderla.

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Connection to my empathy and my patience with et another stereotype was exhausted What could have been something wonderful and uniue held on to only shards of brightness as the promise of the story as set up in the first half is shattered in convoluted repetitive and often mindless acts sexual and mystery solving I still am uncertain as to who the killer was and the kidnapper was just as unsettling Early on in the story Browatzke managed to solidly establish the sexual preferences of his characters giving them emotional depth and showing the similarities and differences in homosexual choices to hetero readers Then he goes off on tangents that seem designed only to reinforce the extent to which the characters are homosexual delving into stereotypes that felt to me slightly homophobic and dismissive to the community as a whole I was disappointed and saddened expecting and getting less With a uniue premise that works nicely in the first half it felt as if the ideas had fled and the author needed to add words to reach some unknowable goal Missing the promise of the premise is always a disappointment to me as a reader especially when Browatzke s writing skills are SO apparent throughout the story But writing is not all that is needed for storytelling and that is proven in this book I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review all conclusions are my own responsibility The summary drew me in and I felt it had potential but then it went downhill very uicklyI ve never read a story where I m only a uarter of the way through and I want to skip to the ending because I was that bored with it But I suffered throughI felt as if Alex didn t have any type of growth throughout the whole book He was known for drugs and having sex even if he was clean for six months while with Steven And look he got to take drugs and have sex thanks to whoever kidnapped Steven Did he feel guilty sure But no one actually forced his hand I don t believe for a second that he would have followed through with Steven s kidnapper s demands Or at least not in their entirety And I believe all except one or two times he was not forced to do drugs or have sex At least one of the times Alex hooked up with Aaron was without the influence of drugs or alcohol And then when he found Steven it was all forgiven No one is that understanding because as I mentioned not all of Alex s times with the twins or Aaron were forced by Steven s kidnapper Those that Alex was doing because Steven s life was threatened I could almost believe Steven forgave him because he overheard what Alex was supposed to do But everything else No I don t care how Alex was supposed to do But everything else No I don t care how deeply in love they are It wouldn t happenThen trying to sound mysterious and tricky with who Steven s kidnapper was just had this entire story going around in circles Knowing about Nathan was really all that was necessary but to have it in between somewhat pivotal chapters No Fail right there You break up the action with than just one chapter even Not to mention that it wasn t known right away that the reader was jumping back into Alex s past Personally I think waiting until Nathan s discovered would have been the best point in time to have the flashback Because by the time I learned Nathan was behind it I forgot all about those few Alex s past chapters That may be a good thing for some readers but honestly I forgot because I was bored with the story not because i was wrapped up in any because I was wrapped up in any the drama It was poor drama poorly writtenOne final thing I ll focus on is the characterization of the main group It was all very cliche and stereotypical The constant flirting touching dirty talk and having sex It was just overwhelming andor annoying That s not how all gay males act And not all gay males want to have threesomes or foursomes The only person we know for sure who wasn t into the idea of three or foursomes was Steven but he was kidnapped so any role he could have played in adding diversity to the group was missed I wanted to consider this a 25 rating and boost it up to 3 since goodreads doesn t do halves but then I realized I just couldn t What a wild rideWow this is not what I was expecting The characters felt like I ve known them for ears the plot pretty wild filled with sex drugs and partying Jus. It off and Alex heads out to drown his sorrows in WonderlandThe hottest hippest nightclub in town Wonderland is where every boy’s dreams come true Where the DJ Hatter spins the maddest tracks the Caterpillar sells the trippiest drugs and the ueen of Hearts sends every drag diva off with her head Still Alex can’t stop thinking about Steven even I wasn t sure what to expect from this book but As Soon As I Dived soon as I dived Wonderland I couldn t get back through the rabbit hole until I d finished If it had been a paperback I would have skipped to the end than once but I m glad I didn t Essentially Wonderland is a nightclub but oh what a club I SO wish I could go there The only thing better than the club are the outrageous characters that freuent it The supertiwns DJ The Hatter The local drug dealer The Caterpiller The drag ueen The ueen of Hearts Then there s the owner of Alex s building Mr Carrol and his neighbour Walrus Carpenter All very Alice in Wonderlandish But it s not twee or kitch There is actually a gripping story Alex has broken up with Steven who has a car called a White Rabbit and is very sorry about it WHEN STEVEN GOES MISSING ALEX STARTS HAVING CALLS FROM Steven goes missing Alex starts having calls from stranger who knows a heck of a lot about him and seems to be very close The stranger leads him on a merry dance through decadence until a final shocking confrontationThe book is not perfect There are some elements of the story that don t always ring true and I found the way Alex keeps flashing back to replay his relationship with Steven from the very start The flashbacks pulled me out of the story and I don t think they were necessary That s what cost the book one star On the whole however the book was captivating and rich and I loved it to the point I m definitely going to snap up the seuel Through the Mirrorball This book is not really my type of book but I thought I would give it a go After all I love Alice in Wonderland and from the sound of the blurb this author really warped it up And he didIn his version Wonderland is a decadent nightclub filled really warped it up And he didIn his version Wonderland is a decadent nightclub filled every sort of sin ou could imagine and it makes it all okay The problem for Alex our protagonist Alice was that he was in love with Steven owner of the white rabbit and Steven wasn t a fan of some of its vices Like drugs Since Alex bought some to help him get up the nerve to propose he lost his boyfriend Unfortunately he just might lose him permanentlyI gave it four stars because the author did an incredible job of taking Alice in Wonderland and warping it wonderfully into this avant garde world Was it my type of book No Did I like the characters I loved how the author drew them but the characters themselves No In fact at the end I had to actually agree with one of the statements made by the bad guy The gist of his words is Gesund leben ohne Zucker you can t sayou love someone and then go have sex with everything else that moves I m in agreement with that And uite honestly Alex did not have a lot to recommend him I won t tell Φυσιογνωμία you what happened at the end of the book but I will tellou it didn t really happen the way I would have liked I m hoping even though I have no plans to read the next book that a certain someone wakes up and walks away I m just not sure Alex can be saved from the crazy lifestyle he keeps jumping intoThis is not a romance no matter how much Alex and Steven s relationship is brought up It s a wonky trip through Wonderland Prepare for the unexpectedReviewed by a nony mouse for Crystal s Many ReviewersCopy provided for review I was excited for a mash up read that combined Alice in Wonderland aspects with a modern day theme And really some of the Alice characters do fit nicely into a gay themed story coming already ingrained in our consciousness as rather flamboyant over the top characters Rob Browatzke has a smooth writing style bringing descriptive elements and twisting characters in a way that works to fit a theme that is edgy and LBGT While the first half of the book was uite uniue and engaging as we get to know the characters and see their correlations to the story Alex as Alice Steven as the White Rabbit Dinah the girlfriendcat a drug dealing caterpillar and the Tweedles Jesse and Colton Set up as a promise from Alex to Steven that he will stop indulging in the various devilish delights that are to be found at the club Wonderland I was excited to see where the story would go Possibilities seemed endless even with some fairly cut and dried stereotyping of the secondary characters And then Steven is kidnapped and the mystery ensues Well that is if Alex can ever get his head or body out of the multiple erotic and drug induced diversions provided for his healing Sadly Alex stopped growing lost his tenuous. Boy Meets Boy Boy Loses BoyBoy Goes to WonderlandAfter six months of hot and heavy dating Alex is ready to say goodbye to the sex drugs and dance till dawn lifestyle and settle down with the love of his life Steven He even bought an engagement ring But when Steven finds an illicit party favor in Alex’s pocket the powder hits the fan Steven breaks. .

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