Double Book Review: Alice in Tumblr-Land by Tim Manley and Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Posted November 7, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 13 Comments

Today I am going to do two short quickie reviews. I am REALLY behind on ARCs, you guys, and I am doing everything I can to get caught up at this point. If it means shorter reviews and faster reading for a little bit so I don’t stress myself out, so be it. They won’t be as detailed as they were in the past, but . And I am not sure how often I’m going to be doing this, but I’m not opposed to doing it every now and then. 

Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Pages: 272
Genre: Adult Fiction-humor
Source: I received an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher’s Blurb: Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humor book featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America 

The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.

Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to “happily ever after”—and have us laughing all the way.

Review: I feel bad for requesting this, sort of, because I really thought I would like it. I totally adore Alice in Wonderland and many of the other fairytales that the author spoofed in this book. But…this was just dull. It wasn’t very funny either. There were parts of the book where I was amused slightly, but for the most part, I felt really meh about the whole thing.

Basically, Alice in Tumblr-land is a new take on the old fairytales using modern technology and social media. Some of the ideas are inventive but they are executed very poorly. The humor just feels forced, and rather than tell you a story, the author basically summarizes the new tale under an illustration. The entire book feels like a summary of events and the narrative is incredibly flat. 

Good things? The illustrations aren’t bad (though they aren’t special either), and the book is short and can be read in a couple of hours, maybe even less for the speed demons. I wouldn’t really recommend this one. It’s supposed to be funny, and I just didn’t find it so. 




Publisher: Kathering Tegen
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult- Post Apocalyptic
Source: I received an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Publisher’s Blurb: Fans of classic frontier survival stories as well as readers of dystopian literature will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold.

Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it. . . .

New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut “not to be missed.” With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.

Not a Drop to Drink  was just magnificent. It’s tense, tense, tense and the pressure keeps building. The entire book has this foreboding feeling of things to come. Obviously that was my favorite part, but the characters are also excellent. So is the atmosphere. The pacing is a little bit slow in parts but it is never boring. There’s a romance, but it’s never annoying.

There’s nothing particularly special about the writing, but all the elements of the story come together masterfully. By the time the reader gets to the conclusion, you are spellbound and ready for it to happen, only to find that the author did something very, very unusual, and to me, very daring. I was SHOCKED and did not see it coming. She got me. And I loved it. 

This is one of those books that I WISH was a series. There are so many series that I wish were standalones, and this one is a standalone and I did not get enough of it! I want to know where these characters are now, what new problems they are facing, how their world is changing. The world-building is excellent and I felt like so much could have been built onto that. I got enough details but I wouldn’t have minded if there were more. I will definitely read whatever Mindy McGinnis puts out there.



13 responses to “Double Book Review: Alice in Tumblr-Land by Tim Manley and Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

  1. Great reviews, Kara! Sorry you didn’t like Alice in Tumblr Land. I either love or hate fairy tale re-tellings. And forced humor is really not my thing.
    Not a Drop to Drink sounds pretty good, I just may have to get my hands on that.
    Happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. You have me sooo curious about Not A Drop To Drink, I think I could like it and I am going to have to re-think my decision to skip it. Sad about the Alice book, I hate when you expect something to be funny and it just ends up being dull.

  3. BAHAH Alice in Tublr Land :’) I wouldn’t have expected it to be any good, skippin it! I really enjoyed Not A Drop To Drink as well! That ending was amazing.

    Fab reviews, Kara! <33

  4. Alice in Tumblr-Land started as a tumblr blog called fairytales for 20-somethings. It was just drawings with a couple of lines. I didn’t realize the book was adding writing so I’m not surprised it was a little problematic since that wasn’t its original purpose.

  5. The ending was the best part of Not a Drop to Drink. Unlike you, though, for once I’m glad it’s a standalone. Haha. Usually, though, I’m trying to turn all my favorites into series and then getting mad at them when they do.

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