Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hatter - Daniel Coleman - Blog Tour Review

There's nothing wrong with a touch of madness. - Cheshire Cat

In a kingdom that doesn't need saving, a young man ignorant of social norms is the unlikeliest of heroes. And despite his extreme dislike of confrontation, Hatta knows his destiny is to mend a rift that doesn't exist.

On the other end of the spectrum is Chism, a young Elite soldier who thrives on conflict. How will this rash, obsessive soldier aid the child-like Hatta in his journey?

Throw in the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts and other familiar characters as they emerge to fill their eminent roles in the tangled ascent into madness of literature's most lovable lunatic.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.

Title: Hatter
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: June 10, 2011
Format: E-book
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Daniel Coleman and Teen Book Scene for sending me this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. 
Blog Tour: Teen Book Scene blog tour. You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner located below the review. 
Look for it: Amazon, Kindle
My rating: 4/5 

Hatta is a young man, full of colourful dreams and expectations. Walking across the country, picking up jobs where he can, he shows an affinity for anything and everything, except for fighting. He has a gentle disposition and you will know who he is as soon as you see him. He will be the one wearing the most colourful assortment of clothes and hats you will likely ever see. He might also be slightly mad, but that will not stop him from trying to bring peace to a land on the brink of war. He is joined by several familiar faces, and some new yet engaging characters. 
Hatta is quite the character, and I absolutely loved the direction Coleman took with Hatter. I'm not a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, but I loved this story as we see many familiar faces interact with Hatta. He is also a madcap designer, and his creations are fantastical. He is a loveable character, and I think many will enjoy reading his story. 
Chism is another excellent character, and he complements Hatta's character quite successfully. He was raised with a sword in hand, and where Hatta is peace-loving, Chism is not. He vows to uphold the Circle with the Sword, and will stop at nothing to protect the values of the Circle, even if it means placing his own life in jeopardy. 
Do not glance over the characters idly, as every character in Hatter has a use, and every word or detail will come full circle in the end. Coleman's writing is strong, and he pays attention to detail, and it shows. With characters showing up from Wonderland, we'll get to see a side of the Queen of Hearts that is rarely seen. We'll also get to see the Cheshire Cat in all of his glory. 
All in all, this is a welcoming and refreshing spin on the Alice in Wonderland tale. As someone who was not a fan of Alice in Wonderland, this story has won me over. I couldn't help but love the characters, and the world Coleman created. I was completely invested in the outcome. I hoped Hatta would bring about peace, but was unsure if he would be successful due to certain characters' proclivities to war. This is definitely a recommended read. 

1 comment:

Chrystal said...

I really like the cover - it looks fun and whimsical! This book sounds really good and I'm going to have to check it out. :)