Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Review: Ensnared

Title: Ensnared
Author: A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher:Amulet Books
Pages: 384 pages
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description: After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

“We will wreak such beautiful havoc together.”
            I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. THIS SERIES THOUGH! I had to take a few days off of reading after finishing Ensnared just to try and gather my thoughts.  Having done so, I’m hoping I can try to put into words how I felt after finishing the third book in this trilogy.  Bear with me!

“One thing being crowned a queen in Wonderland has taught me: Power is impotent unless it’s cultivated with risks.”
            If there’s one thing that really stood out to me in this book, it was the transformation of Alyssa.  Up until Ensnared, Alyssa really had a hard time reconciling her two sides.  Although her netherling side was new and exciting, she always felt compelled to remain in the human realm and be with her friends and family.  In book 3 though, she’s not shying away from her power and responsibilities anymore, and she finally starts to take action and act upon her duties as Queen of Wonderland. 

“There is no reasoning when it comes to Morpheus. You just accept him as he is.”
            Truer words were never spoken!  Who would want to change him though?! If we’re being completely honest here, Morpheus was my favorite character from the whole series.  Very few times does this happen where my favorite character from a book was not the protagonist themself, but in this instance I couldn’t help but fall in love with Morpheus.  He’s hilarious, sarcastic, and downright witty, and he reminds me a lot of Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. 
            For me, the best part about Morpheus in Ensnared was that he was stripped of his magic.  When they get to AnyElsewhere, Morpheus’s magic is somehow transferred to another one of the characters, and everything from his powers to even his wings don’t work like normal.  When Alyssa is finally able to find Morpheus in AnyElsewhere, her intuition tells her something about Morpheus is off, and she finally uncovers the truth.  Although he tries to play it off like it’s not a big deal, the softer side of Morpheus starts to make an appearance at the loss of his magic.  It was a nice change of pace to see Morpheus like this, because in the other two books he always seemed to be overcompensating and somewhat showy with his powers and self-confidence.  Here though, he’s forced to depend on other people and put some trust in someone other than himself.  I absolutely loved seeing this side of Morpheus!  
            Speaking of AnyElsewhere, I was really excited to see a new setting in this series.  I was disappointed however, that this was only a trilogy and not a longer series, because I thought there was so much potential with this new world, that could have been expanded upon.  Maybe it’s just my bias talking though, because I was so bummed to have found out there were only three books in this series (other than Untamed, which is a collection of three novellas and doesn’t come out until December).  I do have to say though, the ending of Ensnared was spectacular, and I was really happy with how everything turned out. As I was reading Ensnared, I was getting increasingly nervous to finish it, because I was afraid I wouldn’t like how it ended and that it would ruin the whole series for me.  NO such thing occurred though, and even though it was the last book in the series, I am completely and utterly content with how A.G. Howard wrapped everything up!  Simply spectacular series!  



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