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Publisher's Summary

"With memorable characters and page-turning thrills, A Blade So Black is the fantasy book I've been waiting for my whole life. Alice is Black Girl Magic personified." (Angie Thomas, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Hate U Give)

In L. L. McKinney's A Dream So Dark, the thrilling sequel to A Blade So Black, Alice goes deeper into a dark version of Wonderland.

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 the living but raise the dead. This Poet is looking to claim the Black Queen’s power - and Alice's budding abilities - as their own. 

Dreams have never been so dark in Wonderland, and if there is any hope of defeating this mystery poet’s magic, Alice must confront the worst in herself, in the people she loves, and in the very nature of fear itself.

An Imprint Book  

"Mixing elements of Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer... a delectable urban twist on beloved fairy tales." (Entertainment Weekly)

"A dark, thrilling fantasy-meets-contemporary story with a kickass heroine." (Bustle)

©2019 L.L. McKinney (P)2019 Macmillan Young Listeners

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  • Crysta M
  • 02-07-2020

Amazing sequel

All the things that made book 1 so amazing are still here and I'm very excited for book 3! The "caterpillar" cracked me up and I loved the couple new faces as well as all the old.

My *only* criticism is I wish they had kept it as only Jeanette as the narrator. She was amazing, of course, and she does most of the book, thankfully! But the other two... oi. I really struggled to like the male narrators, they eventually grew on me but every time it was their chapter I found myself missing Jeanette.
Jeanette's performance is an easy 5 but the others were, at best, a 3. So I averaged it at 4.

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  • That Lady in Texas
  • 04-05-2020

Yep. I still like this series.

I continue to enjoy fantasy/sci-fy with different cultural identities within the narrative.

Alice's mom seems exactly like my mom. That was a hoot!

More, please!

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  • Lexi
  • 23-07-2021

Another Hit!

I can't wait for book 3! Is Alice the red queen? How did the pardon work with only one royal unless she is royal? So many questions!

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  • Kendra Gordon
  • 28-06-2021

love love love

if a movie was made i would definitely love to see how it goes.... would probably be one of my favorites

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  • Dia L. Jones
  • 12-06-2021

Even Better Than The First Time

What a great series! I can't wait for the movie...if there ever is one. I would pay top dollar to see it. Get this book. You won't be disappointed!

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  • WildChild24
  • 15-05-2021

Action Packed Adventure!

Loved this book from start to finish! Can't wait to see if there will be a trilogy 😍. Thanks L.L. McKinney for a great storyline, exceptional characters and lots of moments to keep you wanting to hear more!

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  • Damen Massey
  • 08-10-2020

me like it alot

great continuation of the story with cool representation, wish I could travel all over the world free of charge lol

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  • Tamara Carr
  • 29-07-2020

I loved it

The Chapter were little off but a great story nonetheless. The 3rd book comes out next year. guess I'll be patiently waiting!

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  • Theron King
  • 13-07-2020

Solid

A good follow up to A Blade So cursed. Excited to read the third book.

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  • Desi
  • 30-04-2020

Book 3 Please!

This was a great spin on Alice-in-Wonderland. The detail that was described was awesome. I could see every image dancing in my head. I am so ready for a 3rd book.

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