Monday, June 17, 2013
Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard
Author: A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered, #1
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Synopsis: 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.
Verdict: There are no words that can accurately describe the magic and wondrousness that is Splintered. A.G. Howard brought to life the much darker counterparts of Wonderland and it's many inhabitants with beautifully horrific descriptions that was not read, but instead devoured. The characters were amazing and real, you never truly knew what anybody's motives were until everything came together in the end in a fantastically-mad, mind-boggling ending. I absolutely loved this book and will always treasure it as the true classic novel that it is! I'm also awaiting the sequel with bated breath.
Okay, I cannot gush enough about how much I loved this book so I just have to write more! Wonderland was amazing, I lived seeing the chaotic non-logic that everyone there lives by. I loved seeing the characters we all know and love turn out to be completely different than anything we could have imagined. I absolutely adored Morpheus, I just couldn't help it (view spoiler)SPOILER:(even when I thought he was an evil back-stabbing liar)END OF SPOILER. Alyssa was awesome! I admired her determination to break the curse for her mom and her bravery in going down the rabbit hole to begin with along with her continued bravery all throughout her journey there when everything she ever knew was tested. Jeb was just ridiculously crush-worthy and you couldn't help but root for him to get the girl. Just let it be known that A.G. Howard is a freakin' literary genius! Alright, I think I'm done fangirling.... for now. :))
Rating: 5/5 Stars