Book Reviews of Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2)

Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2)
Seeing Redd - Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2
Author: Frank Beddor
The Market's bargain prices are even better for Paperbackswap club members!
Retail Price: $17.99
Buy New (Hardcover): $13.79 (save 23%) or
Become a PBS member and pay $9.89+1 PBS book credit (save 45%)
ISBN-13: 9780803731554
ISBN-10: 0803731558
Publication Date: 8/21/2007
Pages: 384
Reading Level: All Ages
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 39

4 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: Dial
Book Type: Hardcover
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

7 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2) on + 2292 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is the second book (out of three) in the Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. I really wanted to love this series. Somehow I found this book even more boring than the first one. These books just focus too much on strategic war than on what makes Wonderland awesome; imagination.

In this book King Arch is plotting to overthrow Wonderland but his plans are interrupted when Redd returns and, once again, causes issues for new Queen of Wonderland, Alyss Heart.

This story was okay. I am a little irked that Alyss only seems to use her Imagination as a weapon, and that she uses it in such limited way. Redd actually seems quite a bit more creative with her Black Imagination. I loved that Beddor tried to expand and give more dimension to the character of the Hatter. Unfortunately it fell short for me; I thought the Hatter's character was actually weakened by the fact that he wandered somewhat aimlessly through his own personal issues.

I guess, just like the first book, the characters seemed more like outlines than actual characters to me. I had trouble reading this book. At points I found it outright boring and skimmed through sections. When the goal of reading a book becomes solely to finish it; I start to say that the book wasn't all that great.

The story was okay, the characters have potential, but the book didn't excite me and I only marginally enjoyed reading it. I am beginning to think that me and Beddor's writing style just don't get along.

This book is not as contained as the first one...it kind of stops in the middle of things. So, I will most likely read the third and final installment, Everqueen, but after that no more Beddor for me.
reviewed Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2) on + 962 more book reviews
The evil Redd Heart has disappeared into the Heart Crystal, and Alyss is now the rightful queen of Wonderland. But there is lots yet to be done: buildings to repair, morale to strengthen, relationships to mend... And Alyss is so busy with politics and using her White Imagination to make sure the queendom is running smoothly that she barely has any time to spend with Dodge, her best-friend-turned-true-love guardsman.

But people are not going to make her life as queen easy. King Arch of the neighboring kingdom Boarderland has some sinister plans up his sleeve. First he kidnaps Homburg Molly, Alyss' teenage bodyguard; then he messes with the emotions of the best Milliner in all of history, Hatter Madigan, who is suddenly forced to decide between family and duty as he has never had to do before. All the while, Arch is planning the unleashing of a formidable weapon, one that, if properly completed, can wipe out the entire country of Wonderland and all surrounding countries.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Redd is back, more dangerous and vengeful than ever. She is determined to complete her Looking Glass Maze, achieve the full potential of her imaginative powers, and reclaim Wonderland, destroying Alyss in the process. The giant army that converges upon Wonderland at the command of Redd and Arch seem on the path to the obliteration of Alyss' world as she knows it. Is there anything to be done that can put off the seemingly inevitable end?

SEEING REDD has more sit-and-wait political discourses and emotional chapters than the first book in the trilogy. However, Redd's villainy will be sure to keep fans attracted to this series. All the characters are wonderfully created, the world flawlessly imagined and detailed. This is a tale of high fantasy that you won't want to miss.
reviewed Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2) on + 34 more book reviews
Alyss of Wonderland's rule has only just begun and already those who prefer chaos to peace are threatening to destroy everything worth imagining. Trailed by newly appointed Royal Bodyguard Homburg Molly, Alyss does her best to keep pace with the spiraling, non-stop demands of being Queen while attempting to evade Molly for a few private moments with Dodge. Alyss's life is already a challenging mix of duty, love and imagining when a series of phantom sightings set fire to an urban myth of her Imperial Viciousness's return and have everyoneâ¦Seeing Redd. Has Redd somehow freed herself and her chief assassin, the Cat, from the confines of the Heart Crystal to challenge her niece once again? If not, then who has resurrected Redd's brutal footsoldiers, the Glass Eyes, and set them loose to attack Wonderland on all sides? Battles rage, looking glasses explode and the Alyssians are once again uniting to defend White Imagination in this fast-paced second book in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.

(from Amazon)

I really enjoy this series. It stays just close enough to the true story to please die hard wonderlanders like myself but has enough of an edge to be new and entertaining.

A bit on the dark side I would not recommend these books for children under the age of ten or twelve.
reviewed Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2) on + 7145 more book reviews
Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

SEEING REDD, the second book in THE LOOKING GLASS WARS series, continues off from where the last book ended.

Twenty-year-old Alyss is now queen of Wonderland. Her aunt, Redd, has disappeared into the Heart Crystal along with her sidekick, The Cat, and everything is starting to calm down.

But soon glass eyes start appearing out of nowhere and causing mayhem. Everyone believes that Redd has somehow come back and that they're all doomed. Little do they know that these aren't Redd's glass eyes. Someone else is having them made. And that someone else is the King of Boarderland, Arch.

King Arch has plans to take down Wonderland and all of the surrounding cities. And he is determined to do so. He has Molly (the Queen's bodyguard) captured and intends to have her father, Hatter Madigan, come rescue her.

Meanwhile, Redd and The Cat find their way to Earth and Redd gets a whole new group of followers. She is determined to get back to Wonderland and kill Alyss so she will finally be Queen.

Alyss and Dodge come to terms with the fact that they are meant to be together. But Dodge is still set on killing the beast that killed his parents. Nothing will get in his way -- besides Alyss, that is.

Wonderland is in a world of trouble with King Arch and Redd doing all they can to finally get Alyss out of the picture once and for all.

Full of violence and mayhem, SEEING REDD is an intense read. It's a pretty good second book to the series; parts were a bit slow but, overall, it was a good read. I definitely liked THE LOOKING GLASS WARS much better; for some reason it didn't seem as wordy as SEEING REDD. But this was still a good book. I especially liked the way it ended, and it should definitely be read by those who enjoyed the first book in the series.
reviewed Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2) on + 147 more book reviews
The untold adventures of Alice - excuse me, Alyss - in Wonderland continue in Frank Beddor's second novel, Seeing Redd, in The Looking Glass Wars series. While Alyss's devilish Aunt Redd was banished to the oblivion found in the Heart Crystal, the reigning queen of Wonderland has begun to reconstruct her fallen land and bring peace to her people once again. However, as with every good-and-evil story, darkness lurks in the corners of light, waiting to pounce at the least expected moment.

But this time, that darkness (I am speaking of Redd here, by the way) is gathering a few comrades to help make a cleaner sweep of the kingdoms.

In attempt to return to her place at Queen of Wonderland (and perhaps pick up a few more lands along the way), Aunt Redd begins seeking an entrance into the Looking Glass Maze, which, upon completion, delivers to the victor a great increase to their imagination's strength. However, unable to access the Maze through her own means, she seeks, and unexpectedly finds, the knowledge she needs to gain the power she seeks.

Meanwhile, the distant droves of Boarderland is being ruled by the devious King Arch, who, in attempt to bring Alyss's former bodyguard Hatter Madigan under his allegiance, kidnaps Madigan's newly-discovered daughter, Molly, who also used to serve as Alyss's protector.

The story takes unexpected turns and twists as Redd recruits Earth residents that possess unusual and plain creepy Black Imagination-powered abilities and techniques, including the control of skeletons and the (and I use this term loosely) art of live autopsies. With a scarily expanded army backing her up, Redd vows her return to the throne, even with Alyss's powerful imagination standing in the way.

Beddor masters the art of suspense in this book, leading the reader through a series of paths that give the reader not one clue to how the book will close. The expanded knowledge on Redd's past and her removal from the inheritance of the throne develops the character to her fullest extent, but not necessarily in her favor. The more developed her character is, the more wicked she becomes. The book ends with a few select, unexpected losses, but on a note of future continuation. But with Beddor currently working on bringing the current books to the silver screen, it may be a while until the war truly sees an end.

- T.C. Robson
myspace.com/tcrobson
reviewed Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2) on + 94 more book reviews
Alyss of Wonderland's rule has only just begun, and already those who prefer chaos to are threatening to destroy everything worth imagining. With her life now a mix of duty, love , and tough decisions, Alyss is doing her best to keep pace with the nonstop demands. And then a series of phantom sightings set fire to an urban myth. The people think Her Imperial Viciousness has returned. And everyone is seeing Redd.
But has Redd somehow freed herself and her chief assassin, The Cat, from the confines of the Heart Crystal? If not, then who has resurrected Redd's brutal foot soldiers, the Glass Eyes, and set them loose to attack Wonderland on all sides? Can Alyss unite her country and her people to defend White Imagination, or will Wonderland be lost?
reviewed Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars, Bk 2) on + 7145 more book reviews
Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

SEEING REDD, the second book in THE LOOKING GLASS WARS series, continues off from where the last book ended.

Twenty-year-old Alyss is now queen of Wonderland. Her aunt, Redd, has disappeared into the Heart Crystal along with her sidekick, The Cat, and everything is starting to calm down.

But soon glass eyes start appearing out of nowhere and causing mayhem. Everyone believes that Redd has somehow come back and that they're all doomed. Little do they know that these aren't Redd's glass eyes. Someone else is having them made. And that someone else is the King of Boarderland, Arch.

King Arch has plans to take down Wonderland and all of the surrounding cities. And he is determined to do so. He has Molly (the Queen's bodyguard) captured and intends to have her father, Hatter Madigan, come rescue her.

Meanwhile, Redd and The Cat find their way to Earth and Redd gets a whole new group of followers. She is determined to get back to Wonderland and kill Alyss so she will finally be Queen.

Alyss and Dodge come to terms with the fact that they are meant to be together. But Dodge is still set on killing the beast that killed his parents. Nothing will get in his way -- besides Alyss, that is.

Wonderland is in a world of trouble with King Arch and Redd doing all they can to finally get Alyss out of the picture once and for all.

Full of violence and mayhem, SEEING REDD is an intense read. It's a pretty good second book to the series; parts were a bit slow but, overall, it was a good read. I definitely liked THE LOOKING GLASS WARS much better; for some reason it didn't seem as wordy as SEEING REDD. But this was still a good book. I especially liked the way it ended, and it should definitely be read by those who enjoyed the first book in the series.