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The White Queen

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  224 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
The devil owes the Hatter a favor…

… and he knows just what he wants for his prize.

But unless he can corrupt sweet Alice, he cannot claim her—for one cannot steal a soul that isn’t tainted. That is... unless an innocent offers it of her own free will.

THE WHITE QUEEN is a tale of pure horror by USA Today bestselling author Addison Cain. There is no romance, no white knight.
Published June 5th 2018
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I adore fairytales. Not to brag or anything but I own all the Disney and Pixar movies.

But there is something I love more than fairytales...darker, perverse retellings. So when I came across this little story, I was beyond delighted.

I am a Wonderland junkie. There's something about it that draws me in. Maybe its the dark undertones because when you think about it, it's a pretty fucked up story all in its own. But this little read, takes it to a whole new level.

This is a shorter story starting wit
Once upon a time, Addison Cain wrote a short story about Alice in Wonderland that was included in a boxset of adult fairytales. It was a pretty darn dark story. Then, our plucky heroine got the rights to her story back and she was able to put the stuff back in that she had to take out.

When this Alice sees the white rabbit, she doesn't want to go and follow him down his rabbit hole for a topsy-turvy tea party. In fact, she would be perfectly happy to never see a white rabbit again in her entire l
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want horror, this is horror of the finest! Or the worst?
Either way, the devious way a young girls life is set up to be consumed by evil is frightfully fascinating.
With explicitly descriptive language Ms Cain drags you ever deeper into the purposeful madness of the Hatter. His relentless bullying and prompting to gain the unwitting admission of a young woman to wreck havoc in her life is chilling and addictive.
You'll hate what you read, but you just can't stop!
Add to that a family's reac
Bre Hood
It's very rare that I find an author that can write multiple genre's well, but leave it to Addison... it doesn't matter what she's writing, it's bound to suck you in and leave you begging for more. I can't say I'm much of a horror genre fan, but hot dang, I gobbled up this story. As with everything else she's written, Addison's world building skills don't disappoint in The White Queen. What a unique and twisted short story. This is definitely one of those books where you are going to finish it a ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a dark and twisted retelling of Alice in Wonderland and not for the faint of heart. There are no happy endings here. But if this is up your alley, you will devour this almost immediately like I did.

Another brilliant story written by Addison Cain. I continue to be floored by her creativity, dark imagination, and compelling storytelling/writing style.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A dark and twisted version of Alice in Wonderland.
Is a short and very entertained story.
If you like dark stories with no happy ending you would love this.

The imagination of Addison Cain doesn’t hace limits, the way she took this child’s story and mede her horror filled is fantastic.
Jenny B
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark, twisted and everything I love in a book. This book was everything I would have never expected and had me clinging for more the entire read. Not much to be said in a review that the blurb won't give you. All I can say is that if you like dark and disturbing you have met your match in this book
Jun 13, 2018 added it
Shelves: dark-darkish
Poor Alice. She’s in the vicious hands of beloved literary characters gone wild. The author warns that this is horror instead of her usual dark romance, and she’s right. It’s a tense, subliminally-pervy, sinister take on “Alice in Wonderland.” The pervy stuff is mostly off screen or detached and not explicit.

This story reminds me of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” but with malevolence and nightmarish violence instead of Victorian feminist angst. Is Alice a reliable narrator? Wh
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WTF did I just read? What a twisted, OMG, WTF short story. Talk about nightmare inducing, I never want to see a fluffy stuffed toy white rabbit ever again! In fact, after I finished reading this I went into my daughter’s room to make sure there weren’t any eff’ed up sinister toy bunnies hanging out in her room.

The White Queen is the retelling of Alice in Wonderland. This is not your Disney version at all! This version comes from the ever so twisted mind of Addison Cain so you are probably thinki
Claire Cronin
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my life, what a dark and twisted treat this was!!! A retelling of the fairy tale Alice in Wonderland and it was utterly delicious in a very dark, twisted, horrifying and nerve wracking way!! Not for the faint hearted as this is no Disney version!!

I so love these dark fairy tale retellings, and this one is a corker. My daughter 'had' a white bunny with black eyes in her bedroom (I went straight in her room and took it out immediately after reading this) and has since been burnt after reading t
Leslie OBrien
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Because, if you aren’t, you will be after reading Addison Cain’s “The White Queen.” Scarily based on “Alice in Wonderland,” reading this horror story will leave you sleeping with the lights on, fearful of what goes bump in the night, and you will love every page of it. As others, I’m sure, will point out, there is no (traditional) happily ever after. This is a horror story that spans years and the rabbit hole…well…do you really want to know what resides in the deep recesses of your mind, er, Ali ...more
Robin Smith
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-little-dark
Have you ever heard the term "Don't freak the [email protected]%k out" ?? This does NOT apply here. Once you read the lovely (haha), bright, Gothic tale, you are gonna freak - just a little. Unless your high comes from being in the darkness. Truly Ms. Addison has one truly twisted sense of being for some of her characters but you will not be able to put it down. You've got to find out what happens no matter what. The punch in the gut though, is the ending. You feel sorry for this girl/woman but in the end she ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has been a few hours since I finished this book and what can i say.. It is a Addison Cain book.

I kept thinking poor Alice. She is unwanted and unloved all her life. She knows no kindness.

It is a dark, disturbing and very sad story.
Ginnette Mori
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully Horrible

Addison Cain can weave such a beautiful nightmare. This is a dark read. A twisted "courtship" and a twisted HEA for the heroine(victim?). I highly recommend if that is your genre and if not, I warn you away. Adison is too good at her craft.
Unapologetically Book Obsessed
A dark twist on an already dark story

I am so upset with myself that I didn’t discover Addison Cain’s writing earlier. Though I’ve usually been a reader that requires a neatly wrapped ending to the stories I read, Addison’s penchant for dark and complex elements to her stories, as well as leaving some things as answered, has still managed to keep captivated by the characters and plot. Each time I end one of her books, I ask myself, “Why?”. Why is it over and why is it so darn good?

The story of Al
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having read the original censored version in The Dark Forest anthology, I knew what I was getting into reading this. This unadulterated version is delightfully terrifying, horrifyingly intriguing, and downright twisted. I enjoyed every second of it! In true Cain fashion, the story is not what it seems from the start and has you following the breadcrumbs through truly dark places, twisty paths, and off sheer cliffs of wonderfully detailed and imaginative horrors. This is not a happily ever after ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alice is a wonder. She's not the same girl as her namesake, the curious girl, Alice of the infamous tale. Alice is not curious. She does not seek adventure. She does not seek greatness. She seeks only peace, love, affection, and mostly, sleep. Tormented by creatures of the midnight hour, unseen and unheard by any others, she is driven to an incurable madness. The red lady, the tweedles, the chesire, the hatter, each pays Alice a visit in the night, each offering a different torment. Just when yo ...more
Nicole Konstance
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This telling is a dark and twisted horror version of Alice in Wonderland. Original in a slightly lighter and shorter version in a box set of adult fairytales. Fantastic in its form, but should not be read by the feint hearted.
In this version Alice is terrible neglected by her superficial parents and she is nightly tormented by grotesque versions the Red Queen, the twins, the Cheshire Cat, the white rabbit and the hatter. As her parents, the nanny and even the doctors from the psychiatric hospit
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

If you are looking for romance or even A happily ever after move along. This is not a fairytale nor is it the Alice in Wonderland that you read as a child. It's dark, twisted, and horrific. You will want to stop reading but you won't be able to stop because this author is incredibly talented. I'm convinced that she is either a witch or a drug dealer because her words are crack.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Walk down the rabbit hole with me. Meet Alice from her first meet with the demented red queen who visits her as a child to the mysterious Hatter, who pretends to keep them at bay until she fails to do as expected. See Alice as she grows u a young woman whose parents will not let her leave the house because of her nightly mishaps( well mishaps unless you are Alice).

A short twisted tale that the author has penned, this is a fantastic work of horror. Walk in and you'll leave changed. I totally lov
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The White Queen is a dark and twisted vision of the traditional Alice in Wonderland. Addison Cain is a woman who knows how to toe the line with darker plots. If you are wanting to test the black waters of darkness then I suggest The White Queen. It's dark enough for those who are new to the genre, and those who enjoy the darkness this is just a delightful taste of Mrs. Cain's work.
SBee Reviews
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

“Is Alice as mad as the Hatter?”

I received an Advance Reader Copy for The White Queen written by Addison Cain and voluntarily reviewed this book. Only from this author can this twisted version of the innocent Alice in Wonderland come to be. It is dark and will jab and linger at the recesses of your minds. Alice grew up in well-to-do society as sweet and innocent as can be, but her parents cannot believe the tall tales she tells. So what is worse than not being b
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've always thought Alice in Wonderland was a bit on the creepy side, but now I realize how truly creepy it can be. The author plunges us into a true horror story from the very first page. I kept thinking it has to get better for poor Alice, it has to get better, it just has to get better for her, but alas...

I'm not sure how to even describe the story. The writing is really good, and the story incredibly creative and original. I don't know that dark even begins to describe it, I'm thinking grisl
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of many things, Alice in Wonderland one of them, and twists on stories or alternate history fiction... so this twist on Alice in Wonderland was right up my alley. The fact it was a dark tale without that Happily Ever After expectation made it intriguing. It was a thrilling read that lingered with me far after I was done. I wanted to know more about this world Addison Cain had created, which was both similar to the one we knew and so wildly different. It was definitely a dark story, an ...more
Rebecca  Acree
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madder than a March hare...

What a fun little read. The White Queen takes everything you learned about Alice and her Wonderland adventures and twists it into a macabre retelling. Not for the faint of heart, Addison Cain creates an horrific world where nightmares frolic freely.
Kim K.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Addison Cain. What an author. “The White Queen” is a short dark, dark fantasy. If you want to be drawn into a horror story which keeps you gobbling it up to the end then this is for you. These characters were the stuff of nightmares. Horror which haunts you long after you’ve finished the story. In a world of rehashed remakes it is refreshing to read such unique stories from this author. Nobody creates dark worlds like Addison. Her stories are guaranteed to entertain, provoke profoundly and offer ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again this author has provided a dark and twisted story. While equally awesome and horrific this short version of Alice in Wonderland was a nice quick dark read. This is story is twisted and absolutely amazing. A. Cain’s dark imagination has me one again questioning WTF did I just read? If you’re not a horror fan skip this book. However, If you like your books dark and twisted like me, then this a MUST READ. I promise you won’t be sorry.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
🐰Beware the rabbit
Bloody great tale -
A unique trip down the rabbit 🐇hole
I have always enjoyed the different versions of Alice in wonderland - Let's be honest - even the "children's" version is dark and twisted - Just imagine what happens when you twist it just a bit more
Don't worry it's a quick journey
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
🐰Beware the rabbit

Bloody great tale -
A unique trip down the rabbit 🐇hole
I have always enjoyed the different versions of Alice in wonderland - Let's be honest - even the "children's" version is dark and twisted - Just imagine what happens when you twist it just a bit more
Don't worry it's a quick journey
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