Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 1st, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.
Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
I’ve always been a fan of Alice in Wonderland. When I heard SPLINTERED was Wonderland, only darker and a lot more delicious, I was dying to get my hands on it.
Lucky for me, SPLINTERED is just as good as I expected. No, not just as good. It exceeded my expectations and topped my list of requirements. It was incredibly good. Dark and delicious. Totally awesome.
Yes. That good.
A.G. Howard knows how to keep the words flowing, the world growing, and the characters living. I’m not normally a fan of pony-tailed guys, but Jebediah Holt is an exception. I mean, come on, isn’t his name hot enough? And then there’s Alyssa Gardener – daughter of a madwoman who sips pot roast from a tea cup. She’s a skateboarder, a bug artist, and an all around unique protagonist you won’t find anywhere else.
And then there’s Morpheus – the bad guy with a soft side and an amazing accent and fashion sense. He also happens to be a moth. I especially loved him in the end.
SPLINTERED is a whirlwind of fun. Dangerously thrilling tea parties, flesh-eating flowers, walrus eating clams (no, it isn’t the other way around) – SPLINTERED has the whole shebang. Including a story that will make you feel all the feels and end with your heart racing. In a good way.
Rest assured, there isn’t a cliff hanger ending, though I would love to see more of Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheus. In fact, the ending is perfect. From start to finish, SPLINTERED is a must-read. Trust me when I say it’s as gorgeous inside as it is on the outside. A.G. Howard is an author to watch.