That is the only thing I can think to say (taking my cue from the Christmas themed expletives laced throughout the book) about Stacey Marie Brown’s newest work Descending into Madness. This is the first part of her Winterland Tale series and is like nothing she has written before. We’ve all read or at least seen retellings of classic children’s stories and fairy tales but Descending into Madness is Stacey’s version of sticking in a blender Alice in Wonderland with the Christmas tales involving Santa Clause and other favorites, adding a hefty dose of adult spices, blending until well mixed and “Voila”! You have Descending in Madness; the most unique, twisted, and hilarious reinvented story involving bits and pieces of the original stories and characters you will ever find.
When I first started reading I was actually clueless as to the storyline. I only knew that I liked Stacey’s books so I would read and review this one, too. Initially I was disappointed thinking she was not doing a very good job of producing her own version of Alice in Wonderland. I’m not sure if it was the hulking reindeer man leading her down the rabbit hole, the white rabbit with only one foot, or the Chippendale-esque Ebeneezer Scrooge as the Madhatter that made me realize that this was no retelling of any of these stories in the traditional sense but a strapped in, psychedelic, crazy ride; no drugs needed. There is no way to describe it, you just have to read it for yourself.
Descending into Madness is fascinating and extremely compelling and incredibly hard to put down. Of course, that kind of story would also happen to end with a riveting cliff-hanger that will have you issuing your own Christmas themed expletives when you realize you there is no release date yet for book 2.