May 25, 2013

Reviewed: Splintered by A.G. Howard

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.
 An absolutely wonderful take on an already twisted tale. I was fasinated by the way the author continued an old story and added a modern day twist to it. The landscapes are described in minute detail with attention to an outlandish degree of wierdness. Not what I expected at all from reviewing the inside jacket. The story played out to be so much more than I originally thought. The storyline was very solid with lots of crazy twists to add the perfect amount of mysteriousness. It lets you in and keeps you guessing the whole way through.
Publisher-Amulet Books
Reviewers Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review.


1 comment:

  1. Despite the fact that I really hated Jeb, I loved the dark twisted Wonderland :D I agree about the twists and the mysteriousness.


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