REVIEW: Scott Jenkins’ Road To Wonderland (RTW #5) by Charlie M. Matthews

Book: Scott Jenkins’ Road to Wonderland
Author: Charlie M Matthews
Genre: New Adult


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Scott Jenkins is charming, smooth, full of ambition and he has plans. Plans that don’t involve being a 19-year-old builder, working long hours at his father’s construction company, hauling wheelbarrows or stacking bricks in an underpaid job. But as with most things in Scott’s world, the dreams and ambitions he has set himself never really go to plan.
When Scott’s best mate, Ethan Walker, hits rock bottom, everything changes overnight. After years of trying to figure out his purpose in life, he now knows what he has to do, and more importantly, who he has to save. Tiptoeing on the outskirts of a world filled with drugs and violence, Scott ends up walking down roads he never even knew existed. What was once a simple life, suddenly seems incredibly complicated – especially with the arrival of a forbidden love who is determined to make things even more difficult for him.
Follow Scott on his journey to Wonderland, where friendships are tested, relationships are destroyed and a dangerous woman leaves the guy who once thought he knew exactly, what he wanted, in the pits of despair.
Road to Wonderland Series book 5 (all books are standalone reads)

My Review

You know how everyone tells you that they wish you could see yourself through their eyes? And that we are our own harshest critics? And that living up to everyone’s expectations can be so damn maddening that we tend to lose part of our self in the fray. This is Scott Jenkins. The young man with a smart mouth and sharp wit. A young man who doesn’t want to do what his parents want him to do. A young man who has had to live under a different set of expectations than his brother, Liam, and is so afraid to fail everyone.

Scott has watched his best friend fall in to madness and felt powerless to help. He should have done more, Ethan’s family should have done more. The one thing he is sure of, is that isn’t the life he wants for himself. He dreams big. He handles everything with a grin and humor. In so many ways Scott reminds me of my oldest son. Same personality, same big dreams…almost identical downfalls.  In some ways I felt that Scott just didn’t live up to his potential. I wanted more for him. I wanted him to be what I knew he could be. Then I realize…that’s part of the whole problem. This book is a character study as much as it a coming of age novel. It makes you really think about what we expect from our loved ones. And it makes us think about our own expectations of ourselves. Do we do things for us, or do we do it for our loved ones? Scott didn’t get in to the drug scene like Ethan. Scott had a stable job. Scott never got himself mixed up in anything horrible. Scott fell in love. This is where all reason was thrown out the window. Some may say what followed was out of character for Scott, but I digress. I think it’s exactly what should have happened. It’s what’s been happening to Scott his whole life. I cannot elaborate or I will be giving away a major spoiler and I don’t want to do that.

Charlie Matthews did a wonderful job at telling Scott’s journey.  What makes this series so unique is that each character gets their own voice, being written by a different author. I’ve come to the conclusion too, that to ask me to pick a favorite would be like asking me to chose which one of my children was my favorite. They all are. It is one of the best series I have ever read.

Scott Jenkins gets 5 Wonderland kisses from this humble blogger and I really hope that Charlie is wasting no time telling us what happens next!

Author Bio

Charlie M Matthews is a hopeless romantic, lost in her own world of fairytales and adventures. A lover of art and painting, she’d happily hang up her everyday clothes in exchange for a paint smudged shirt. In the confines of her attic room, she is able to create a world that is unlike no other. Mixing fantasy and fiction to generate a piece of work that she could lose herself in.
Charlie is a mum of three, living on the outskirts of Oxfordshire. Born and raised in Reading, she switched the bright lights and traffic jams for a quiet life in the sticks a little over 5 years ago. Between school runs and generally just being a mum, you’ll most likely find Charlie at the local hair spa. Flipping through magazines sporting the latest colour craze, or mixing colours and arranging up-do’s, sparking her creative side.
With her wild imagination and passion for reading, Charlie stumbled upon a new love.
What started as a distraction from the crazy thing that is ‘life’, soon became all too real. She no longer dreamt, about the day her words would be published for all to see because that day was finally happening.
Social Links

Twitter: @C_MMatthews

The Road to Wonderland Series:

     Izzy @ Amazon US       Paris @ Amazon US    

      Izzy @ Amazon UK      Paris @ Amazon UK    
















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