Why A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney Might Be the Perfect Book for You

Posted September 27, 2018 by Sophia

Why A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney Might Be the Perfect Book for You

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Why A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney Might Be the Perfect Book for YouA Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
A Blade So Black #1
Other Books: A Blade So Black
Published by Imprint on September 25, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

Note: This post is not a review for A Blade so Black. Instead, this post focuses only on the positive aspects that I enjoyed from the novel.

You’ll Like A Blade So Black If You Like…

Alice in Wonderland and Retellings

L.L. McKinney’s debut novel is based off the original classic by Lewis Carroll, set in modern day Atlanta. Maybe you’re a sucker for retellings of any kind, including Alice In Wonderland, like me. Or Carroll’s tale was a part of your childhood and you could live for that.

POC Protagonist!

Ahhhh #BlackGirlMagic. Plus that cover is gorgeous.

Monster hunting

Seriously, though, a kind of dark and twisted Alice in Wonderland where monsters are formed in a dream realm? Talk about badass.

Buffy vibes

Other than hunting down monsters in Wonderland and getting rid of the Nightmares that plague the land, Alice is just an ordinary girl who deals with all the things a regular girl has. She’s got a huge responsibility to bear on her shoulders and still kicks butt.

About L.L. McKinney

Leatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests.

Elle’s also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan, living in Kansas, surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with. Aside from rockin’ the Favorite Aunt thing, she spends her free time plagued by her cat–Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o’Butterscotch or #SirChester for short–or defending the realm from the enemies of Azeroth. FOR THE HORDE!

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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8 responses to “Why A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney Might Be the Perfect Book for You

  1. I am so glad that you liked A Blade So Black! I have been seeing it around the blogosphere, but I don’t think that it is getting enough attention. I mean, a diverse retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a kickbutt heroine deserves ALL OF THE ATTENTION.

    I love retellings, but they tend to stick to the same cis, white characters from the original story. It’s about time that retellings caught up with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement!