Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: Splintered

Title: Splintered
Author: A. G. Howard
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Pages: 384
Source: Krazy Book Lady ARC Tour

Goodreads Description:

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.

Praise for Splintered:
"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."
--Kirkus Reviews

My Thoughts:

As a child, Alice in Wonderland, always kind of freaked me out. You know, with all of the creepy disappearing cat, Mad Hatter, and evil queen. Plus, the world (in the Disney cartoon movie) was creepy in and of itself. However, lately Alice in Wonderland retellings have been popping up everywhere! One of my blogger friends, Kayla at Bibliophilia, Please pointed me to an ARC tour for Splintered. The description sounded interesting so I thought I would give Alice another shot.

I absolutely loved the world! It was magical and beautiful and only sometimes creepy! Maybe, I can handle things better now that I am an adult? ;) I enjoyed learning about the original Alice in Wonderland (though I don’t know how much the author changed since I’ve never read the original but this book has me wanting to.)

I thought Alyssa was a great heroine. She was both strong and determined. She wanted to save her family from the curse and was willing to risk it all to accomplish her goal. As far as Alyssa was concerned there was nothing that was going to get in her way. Jeb was Alyssa’s best friend that ended up following her to Wonderland. I liked Jeb but I always get irritated with guys that can’t make up their mind and want to act like they are pushing the girl away for their own good. Let the girl make the decision for herself! Geez! Morpheus was a difficult character to figure out. He’s one of those you can’t decide if he’s a good guy or a bad guy.

The pacing and plotline of Splintered is action packed. There really wasn’t a dull moment. You constantly find yourself trying to figure out how things tie together or who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.

Splintered is an excellent debut by author A. G. Howard. The world will have you mesmerized and the characters and plot will have you completely engrossed!


  1. I, for one, did not like Jeb AT ALL! What did you think of the Sooper Sekrit plot twist?

  2. I liked Jeb but he just got ony nerves! Lol. As for the twist, I didn't see it coming and I typically love twists I don't see coming so I loved it. What about you?

  3. I loved this book so much! I couldn't stand Jeb though. I know that he wanted to keep Alyssa safe, but he was just overbearing. I'm still deciding how I feel about Morpheus...

    Lizzie @


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