Gifts of Wonderland – A.G. Howard’s SPLINTERED Blog Tour

I love all things Alice in Wonderland, so naturally, I’m super excited to read SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard – which is a darker version of Lewis Carroll’s classic. I’m today’s stop in the official SPLINTERED blog tour, hosted by Mod Podge Blog Tours!

For the fifth day of Splintered, we’re going to talk Christmas gifts, and we’ve chosen the most difficult guy in Wonderland to buy for. After all, what could a brooding fae-like creature, who can fly and inhabit dreams, possibly need?

To assist us on our quest for the perfect gift, Alyssa Gardner and Jebediah Holt Splintered’s hero and heroine—have agreed to offer their insights as we spy from the wrong side of the looking glass on Wonderland’s most enigmatic citizen, Morpheus.


Jeb: You’re sure he can’t see you…

Alyssa: I’m sure. It’s like a two way mirror. It’s all good. *gulps to suppress her doubts*

Jeb: He’s staring right at you. *scowls* I don’t want him getting in your head.

Alyssa: He’s probably staring at himself. World’s biggest narcissist, you know? *rubs Jeb’s arm* We’re supposed to be helping the readers. So what would a good Christmas present be for Morpheus?

Jeb: *touches Alyssa’s hand before tucking a fist in his pocket* A black eye? No wait. How about a shirt. What kind of a creeper sits on top of a cliff dressed in nothing but pants?

Alyssa: Well, he does have wings… *intently studies Morpheus, trying to fight his pull on her mind*

Jeb: *slants a glare at Alyssa, hot enough to scald her cheeks*

Alyssa: *clears her throat* Let’s start with a list of his favorite things…

Jeb: You mean like moth corpses? The guy’s got warped taste…

Dead Moth

Alyssa: I was thinking more along the lines of those kooky hats he likes … or maybe those tiny glass houses he collects.

Alyssa and Jeb: *eyes meeting* Chess!

Jeb: There. The perfect gift for the freak who has everything. *takes Alyssa’s hand* Now let’s go.

Alyssa: *pauses…unable to look away from the mirror*

Jeb: Al?

Alyssa: He says he wants our readers to have his gift. *swings a glance to Jeb* He’s feeling … generous.

Jeb: *snarls* I told you he could see you! These people don’t need to be indebted to him. Nothing he offers comes without a price. We both know that. Right?


Jeb: Al, right?

Alyssa: *looks down at her feet and shrugs*

Jeb: We’re getting out of here. *leads Alyssa to the exit and turns to us* You should do the same; he’s got a way of getting to people … don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Okay readers, Morpheus wants you to have the three vintage chess piece ornaments pictured above. If you’re brave enough to try for the prize, leave a comment in the Rafflecopter about the most unusual Christmas gift you’ve ever received. For extra entries, tweet this post.

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That’s not all! Enter for your chance to win a HARDCOVER copy of SPLINTERED, courtesy of Abrams!a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to add SPLINTERED to Goodreads! We’ll be taking the weekend off, but be sure to join us on Monday for the next tour stop over at ReadingTeen, where we’ll crash Morpheus’s Christmas party!


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    December 7, 2012

    My aunt once bought me a giant brass cat that was shaped like a cat. It didn't have a nose, and was pretty creepy looking.
    My friend gave me Peruvian stirrups once (like, part of a horse's tack). I don't even ride.
    Last year I received this:

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      December 7, 2012

      Oops, brass FAN shaped like a cat :P

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    Dragana Mitrovic

    December 7, 2012

    Q: Are you enjoying the official Splintered blog tour?
    A: Yes it's very interesting, I love blog tours that have imaginative posts not only reviews. :)
    Q: What's been your favorite part?
    A: This article about Christmas gifts.
    Q: Why are you excited about SPLINTERED?!
    A: I adore retelling. :)

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    Carmen B.

    December 7, 2012

    Hm… I don't think I've ever gotten a really, really weird present. But once year a friend of mine gave me a box of speculatius cookies and a glass of sour gerkins because she knows I love both. Does the combination count as weird?
    As for why I think I'll love Splintered: It sounds like such a wonderful twist of the typical Alice story but is also closely related to it with Alyssa being a descendant of the real Alice! And I think the idea of making the tour different places in Wonderland is awesome :D
    Thanks for the giveaways!

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    Christina K.

    December 7, 2012

    My weirdest Christmas present was a Halloween costume for the next year:)

    Thank you:)

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    Nobonita Chowdhury

    December 7, 2012

    WOW!TWELVE COPIES!!!This is awesome!!!LOvin the tour!Anita's so creative with her guest posts! :)

    Btw you might want to check Anita's twitter handle.I think it's @aghowardwrites :)

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      Nobonita Chowdhury

      December 7, 2012

      OH as for the handle,I think that it's the second widget. :)

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      Anita Grace Howard

      December 7, 2012

      Eek! Thanks so much for catching that, Nobonita! I let the blog coordinator know. Oh, and I'm glad you like the post; as you can see, your boy is his usual knight in shining armor self … hee. :) Looking forward to being on your blog soon!

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      Nobonita Chowdhury

      December 8, 2012

      No problem!And yes, I already checked that out.Jeb is definitely the highlight of this post.Wait,no, just this once,I'll let Morpheus have the spotlight.He DOES look hot ;).And I'm looking forward to you being on my blog too. :) Hopefully I'll get it around by the end of this week. :)

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    Bethany Crandell

    December 7, 2012

    ALWAYS LISTEN TO JEB!! GAWD, she kills me!!!

    *takes deep, cleaning breath*

    Okay, oddest Christmas gift–it was an “almost” gift my husband wanted to buy me. A steering wheel for my 1983 Honda Prelude. Yeah…thankfully he couldn't find one (at the junk yard!) so I was never the recipient of that gift. Good for him, or he'd probably be married to another girl right now. :)

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      Anita Grace Howard

      December 7, 2012

      Hehehe. And you would've found a guy who can actually say “hamster”. ;P

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      Bethany Crandell

      December 8, 2012

      Sweetie, there's no “r” in Wa(r)shington!!

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    December 7, 2012

    I've heard MANY great things about this book! :)

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    Imagination blinds my eyes

    December 7, 2012

    Splintered sounds amazing! I'm really excited about it because I love Alice and Wonderland, and this retelling sounds awesome. :D

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    Brittney Williams

    December 7, 2012

    I'm exicited for Splintered because of the story re-make of Alice in Wonderland. Plus, I love Alice in Wonderland (well, more of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland) than the original!
    But either way, AiW in amazing!
    I can't wait till Splintered is out!

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    December 7, 2012

    Loved this! Oh Jeb, you are so funny. Please get into a tussle with Morpheus. But he can leave his shirt off, and you better take yours off too…

    ANYWAY! Great interview. Always nice seeing what sort of Christmas presents strange and kooky people like! Love the chess pieces too!

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      Anita Grace Howard

      December 7, 2012

      Ha! Hannah, I should've written a scene like that. YUMMY times. I could've called it WWF … Wonderland Wrestling Fun.

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    Holly Letson

    December 7, 2012

    I don't think I've ever gotten a really strange Christmas present.
    But, I enjoyed the post. And, would love to read this book.

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    December 7, 2012

    It sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sara (of the Page Sage)

    December 7, 2012

    I once got a vintage t-shirt that smelled of old people… That wasn't too pleasant. I can't think of anything really strange, though.

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    December 7, 2012

    Matching Body Suits (remember those from the 90's?)

    GAH!! *nightmares*

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    Oh! Paper Pages

    December 7, 2012

    The weirdest gift I received was an entire collection of Barbie clothes, dolls, houses, cars, and kits. It was incredible. The problem was that my aunt gave it to me when I was 17…

    I am really looking forward to reading SPLINTERED! I have heard such great things about the books, and I can't wait to be a part of the reading action!

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    December 7, 2012

    Nothing strange. I got a bath bubble set that came in a silk box with the letter A printed on the front. One my name is Samantha and my last name starts with a D so ya, no A in my name. Second I hate bubble bath stuff, they have always freaked me out. :( It was wrost present ever.

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    December 7, 2012

    Ive have Splinter on my TBR list for a while now! So yes! Im def excited about the tour!!!!! XD I enjoy the Q & As the most! :D

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    Tammy Sparks

    December 7, 2012

    Hmmm the most bizarre gift? A box of buttons from old Russian military uniforms. Actually, I loved that gift and still have those buttons somewhere. I mean, who thinks of stuff like that?? (My Aunt, she's fantastic:))

    Thanks for the amazing chess piece giveaway!

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    December 8, 2012

    Nothing to crazy, I got a fish tank once. I thought that was a bit random.

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    December 8, 2012

    My most bizarre gift was a cardboard cat cut-out from my grandmother. My mom got one too. My grandma was quirky, lol.

    What I like about the tour is simply the Alice in Wonderland theme, which I am a huge fan and collector.

    Thank you for the tour & giveaways!

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    Nancy Luebke

    December 8, 2012

    Ok, that's a lot of years to think back. An electric stove is not that weird, so I guess this metal sppletree thing to hang on the wall. Only that doesn't look that weird either. There was that neon yellow sweater that was made for a giant compared to me.I guess some of the candle things I've gotten were sorta weird. I know, the old clock box without a clock in it. Hope some of these count.Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Nancy Luebke

    December 8, 2012

    As for the interviews and tours, some of these get downright interesting and a little different. Keeps me coming back for more.

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    Jessica R

    December 8, 2012

    I haven't received anything too bizarre, but I did receive a large, rather strange nutcracker brooch one year… I think I was 14 or 15 and had never worn a brooch in my life. I can't honestly say I've ever worn it.
    This is a fun tour, thank you! :)

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    Terri Bynum

    December 8, 2012

    This is actually my first stop on the blog tour, although I've been eyeing this book for quite some time. (The cover is amazing also!)

    Splintered sounds fantastic – right up my alley; the darker the better. :) Thanks for your MOST generous giveaway!!

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    Soma Rostam

    December 8, 2012

    Splintered sounds fantastic, I LOVE THE IDEA OF TAKING A NEW TWIST ON aLICE IN wONDERLAND.
    loved THIS POST!
    Your reader,
    Splintered sounds fantastic

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    December 8, 2012

    I hadn't heard about this blog tour until I read this post, but boy am I glad I did. Splintered sounds amazing! I love retellings and twists on old classics and look forward to reading this.

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    Denise Z

    December 8, 2012

    I received a plaster turtle (about a foot in diameter) – I have no clue what it was about, but I have to tell you I have been carting that turtle around with me for over twenty years now just like part of the family LOL I just came across the tour today and am looking forward to more. Thank you for sharing in the fun today.

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    December 9, 2012

    Haven't received any bizarre gifts. Like the character interview and the tour.

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    December 9, 2012

    I love this blog tour! :)
    I really want to read Splintered because it has an awesome blurb and cover and I heart a lot about this book.

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    December 9, 2012

    I love reading through blog tours, it gets me even more excited to pick up the book! I have been wanting to read Splintered for a while, through seeing it on Goodreads. I have even downloaded the original Alice and Wonderland to read before I read Splintered! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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    Julianna Helms

    December 9, 2012

    I haven't really received any bizarre Christmas gifts, but I did have a friend who bought boxing gloves for the nicest girl in our class as a secret santa joke. :P Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Mary Preston

    December 10, 2012

    The most bizarre Christmas gift I have ever received had to be a baby bonnet. Did they think I was pregnant??

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    December 10, 2012

    The most bizarre Christmas gift I have ever received would have to be a pink barbie house…. 1 did/do not like barbies and I loathe the color pink….

    This sounds like an interesting book. The last Alice in wonderland twist book I read I loved so I think I will love yours too!

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    December 10, 2012

    (This is Lena…my google is acting funny, lol)

    I think the craziest Christmas present I've ever received was a half eaten box of chocolate, lol.

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    Lisa Marie @ The Young Adult Connection

    December 12, 2012

    I am very excited about this book because it sounds amazing, and the cover is so beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway!


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    December 12, 2012

    I fell in love with this book from the cover, and can't wait to read it!

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    bellas bookshelf

    December 14, 2012

    I went to my boyfriends aunts house on Xmas eve, everyones opening great gifts and I am giftless.
    The next I stayed home while he went back for brunch, he comes home with an obviously hastily wrapped gift saying that it was there last night and I must of missed it, I opened it and it was a large glass bottle with soap in it and a tacky feather hot glued to the lid!
    You could see the dried blob of glue!
    I was so offended I never went back for another Xmas.
    It was an obvious A-regift or B-some thoughtless twit picked it up for me last minute from the ugliest gifts you give to potential family members store.
    It was the gift that hurt the most to receive. I thought I was more important to them I suppose.
    Such is life I suppose.
    Thank you for the awesome contest :)

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    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    December 14, 2012

    I am excited for splintered b/c i love retellings of alice!! thanks!

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    Zemira Djedović

    December 15, 2012

    So far,I've never read a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    December 15, 2012

    I am so dying to read Splintered. It looks amazing :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    Cathy K.

    December 16, 2012

    Hm.. Strangest Christmas gift—Oh! My granny got me a can of spray cheese one year. XD Yes, I love the stuff, but c'mon!

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    December 16, 2012

    Yes I've enjoyed the blog tour! I really love this post about Christmas gifts :) as did my strangest.. idk, I really haven't gotten anything strange.. nothing that comes to mind anyway.

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    December 16, 2012

    Ok so idk anything bizarre I ever received for Christmas but I do know I have received some not so exciting gifts while playing white elephant.dirty santa game.But being I have a headache I cant remember what they were.

    I excited about Splintered is like others here,I love Alive in Wonderland!

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    Kris Mathewson

    December 18, 2012

    The cover for this book is amazing, it drew me right in. After reading what its about, i can't wait to get my hands on it!!! Sounds amazing! As for the christmas gift i can only think of the Oranges i used to get in my Stocking lol

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    Annabelle Marie Veronica

    December 19, 2012

    I'm loving the blog tour! It's awesome to see how much everyone loved it. I once received a Christmas sweater from one of my aunts that was three sizes too small.

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    December 21, 2012

    I am very excited about reading Splintered and it's mostly because of all the raving reviews I had the chance of reading. Yay! =D

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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    sanah dhillon

    December 22, 2012

    This looks awesome!

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    December 22, 2012

    Loving the tour!
    I once was gifted a e-book on Amazon, but I ended up not being able to receive it because we were both from different countries! :(

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    Shanna R.

    December 23, 2012

    When I was 7, I got a nightlight that was a creepy looking doll. Her head glowed. It was the most horrifying gift ever. *shudder*

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    December 24, 2012

    This book sounds so good! I LOVE a good twist on a fairy tale, one of my favorite kinds of novels!

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    December 24, 2012

    I'm excited for Splintered because I adore Alice in Wonderland. Thanks :)

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    December 27, 2012

    The weirdest Christmas present I've received? My grandmother once gave me two snowmen figures that cost her $100. They were just Styrofoam balls and felt and looked like a craft project. She left the $50 price sticker on both of them. And then she wanted them back a week later. lol

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    December 27, 2012

    Excited about Splintered because I twists in original stories make my love them all over again!!!

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    Lil Berry

    December 28, 2012

    Well the most bizarre gift were earrings, I was 10 and I didn't use earrings at all not even when my mom did a tantrum for me to use them so when I received 25 pairs of so of tiny earrings I just put it away and went for a gift that included toys (those earrings where never used by me)

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    Belle of the Literati

    December 28, 2012

    I looooooove fairy tale re-tellings and I have heard nothing but great things about it! So excited to read it!! :)

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    Aimee C

    December 28, 2012

    rocks…..not special pretty or anything…just rocks. From my father in law who thought I collected them. Why, who knows??

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    Aimee C

    December 28, 2012

    Excited beyond words….LOVE Alice in Wonderland so how could I not be?????

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    December 30, 2012

    Can not wait for this book to come out!!! So excited I got a chance of getting a copy before hand ^_^

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    December 30, 2012

    The oddest Christmas gift I have ever received was probably a fly wing. My parents did it as a joke, and the got a huge box and at the bottom was a fly's wing

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    Kah Cherub

    December 30, 2012

    Is the chess pieces giveaway open intl? thanks!