The Vanishing by Rebekah Lewis

The Vanishing by Rebekah Lewis
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short Story (33 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

What happens when the hero who saved Wonderland from the destruction of the famed Jabberwock needs to find a worthy paramour before the Red Queen picks one for him? Devrel, the last of the Cheshire cats, has the perfect solution. He’ll just pluck one from the human world and gift her to him for his un-birthday.

Realizing her friends were playing a joke on her, Cadence is heading home when she sees the cat smiling at her. Next thing she knows, she’s in Wonderland and in the arms of a handsome man who thinks she’s slightly unhinged upon meeting her. Intrigued by Gareth, Cadence makes an offer to act as his companion in exchange for his protection as they journey from the Tulgy Wood to the Red Kingdom—a simple solution which endangers both of their hearts as the castle looms in the distance.

The problem with wandering through the woods alone is that there won’t be anyone else around to help you should something unexpected happen. It’s even more dangerous when the trouble is otherworldly in nature.

The opening scene gripped my attention immediately. I felt nearly as disoriented as Cadence did before I figured out what was going on. This was my first introduction to Ms. Lewis’ playful writing style. Based on how much I enjoyed it, I will be keeping an eye out for what she comes up with next. She appears to be quite comfortable using her vivid imagination for the science fiction and fantasy genres.

What didn’t make sense to me was the romance. The characters involved in it were fascinating as individuals, but they had many more reasons to distrust one another than they did to feel any sort of mutual attraction. I would have preferred to see them solve their problems without this subplot. It might have worked well in a sequel, but it wasn’t necessary for this story.

This world is filled with mysterious creatures. Many of them have already been described in the original version. It was amusing to see them again, especially the ones that I’d nearly forgotten reading about. While readers don’t need to have any previous knowledge of this universe, those of us who do remember the lesser-known parts of it will get a few extra chuckles out of this tale.

The Vanishing is a good choice for anyone who has ever wished they could really visit Wonderland.

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