Maggie Reviews │ Insanity

Well, I sure am glad I went into reading Cameron Jace’s Insanity, the first in the series of the same name, without reading the summary on Goodreads – had I read it, I wouldn’t have been so pleasantly surprised by the story’s plot.

I’ve been curious about Insanity for a long time, but had held off on reading it because I judged the book by its cover, which isn’t my favorite by a long shot. However, when I found the first three books in the series available for rental from the Kindle Unlimited library, I took it as a sign and checked them out virtually.

I was almost instantly sucked into Insanity, with its short and sweet chapters and quick action. As I mentioned before, since I hadn’t read the Insanity summary, I was very surprised to learn the series revolves around the maybe real Alice from none other than Lewis Carroll’s famous Alice in Wonderland.

I’ve never read Carroll’s original work, but I am aware of the basic plot points, which are touched upon by Jace in the Alice retelling.

This may be odd to some bookworms, but I very rarely go into reading a book actually knowing what it’s about. I generally don’t even read the backs of books or the insides of their jackets; I’ve read too many silly summaries, which have turned me off particular tomes.

Which leads me to a big reason I’m glad I skipped the Goodreads Insanity summary → I’m bothered that one of the major characters is referred to as ‘Professor Caterpillar.’ Granted, the character is the caterpillar of Lewis Carroll’s imagination, but in Jace’s retelling, he is NEVER referred to as ‘Professor Caterpillar’ exactly – he’s Pillar the Killer.

Anyway, despite my aggravation with the summary, the imagination that went into the writing of Insanity is incredible. Not only does Jace take the reader on a ride with Carroll’s characters in the modern world, the author delves into the personal history of Lewis Carroll himself, who also plays a role.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of the book is the guessing game played by the reader in a dance with Jace to figure out whether Alice Wonder is in fact THE Alice in Wonderland.

This is the first book in a while I’ve read decently quickly and without moving it to the back burner to start another, more exciting story. I am genuinely interested in the fates of Jace’s characters, who are those from Alice in Wonderland re-imagined, and I’m tickled that there is an upcoming eighth book.


I adored this book and am excited to continue the series. I give Insanity four stars…I would have most likely given it five, but there were a few typos I can’t let go.

For instance, the name of one of Alice’s sisters is different in one sentence – I wouldn’t have known who was being referred to had the actual name not started with the same letter as the incorrect one.

Every other facet of the book – plot, world building, character relationships, pace – fit into my reading style perfectly.

I very highly recommend Insanity, especially to those who adore retellings, as I have recently discovered I do.


11 thoughts on “Maggie Reviews │ Insanity”

  1. Wahh, sounds nice. It definitely does wonders to jump into a book without reading its blurb. Especially when you come out of the reading experience finding out that it was a GREAT book! 😛 Awesome review. 🙂

    – Lashaan

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  2. Glad to see that you enjoyed this one!! I’ve been keeping an eye on it – I love my Alice in Wonderland retellings and I love it when they’re creepy. I can’t wait until I get my hands on a copy of this one. Totally with you on not reading blurbs though! Sometimes I read them and think, ah, well there’s half the plot. It’s so much more fun when you don’t know what to expect!

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    1. Yes! That’s how the GR blurb is – it pretty much tells the entire story! I think that’s why I tend to avoid summaries like the plague! Retellings are awesome and I’m so into Alice in Wonderland now! Happy reading! 😀

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  3. This sounds really intriguing. I completely agree. Sometimes the blurbs put me off completely, especially those kick ass books, whose blurbs focus on the love interest even though they’re in like three chapters. Where? Where is the logic to that, I have absolutely no idea. Going to go and add it to my tbr on goodreads now.

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    1. Oh, I know it! I had no idea just how many books there are – I think there are 8 now! Kind of makes me feel pressure! LOL! Hopefully, the series just gets better! Happy reading!


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