Author: A.G. Howard
Publication: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 377 pages
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
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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.
Once upon a time (which would be a few months ago in april or may 2012) I entered a giveaway to win an arc copy of Splintered. I never would’ve guessed that I would actually win this. To me winning Splintered was mind blowing.
Just one look at the cover and you get pretty much sucked in already, right? So it wasn’t until august that I received my copy but it was so worth the wait. Not only that but the author was also really nice, always letting me now what was happening and when the arcs were being printed. A huuuuge thanks for that! 😀
Splintered is the story of Alyssa Gardner, a descendant of Alice Liddell who was the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Yes, that Alice!
Ever since little Alice descended down the rabbit hole and came out bringing a terrible curse with her, every female in Alyssa’s family has been affected by madness; hearing the voices of bugs and plants.
To save her mother and herself, Alyssa must go down the rabbit hole herself to try and break the curse.
I must admit I never really finished Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, I’ve read about half of it until other books got in the way. You know how it goes. But even so I love anything related to Alice in Wonderland. Splintered is no exception. Not by a long shot. It was so wonderful to read. Pretty much every character you know from Lewis Carroll’s tale is there, only a bit different. More mad and wicked.
Alyssa was a good heroine. I’m not saying my favorite heroine ever but eventually I started to really like her. I wasn’t a fan of her at the beginning because I wasn’t sure if she would live up to my standards that I know I have for my book heroines. Especially once she and Jeb, her friend and secret crush, entered Wonderland.
I also wasn’t an immediate fan of Jeb. I didn’t love him or anything. But I didn’t dislike the fact that he was there with Alyssa. He was just Jeb. *shrugs*
And then there was Morpheus *grins* Wicked and wild, as A.G. Howard calls him. He was one of the characters in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, you’ll sure have read/heard about. I could never quite figure out is he was a bad guy, even when most of the time he was, or he was a good guy deep inside. He was so enchanting, dark and just plain sexy with his half mask that it’s no wonder Alyssa had a hard time concentrating around him. I loved their relationship a lot more than Alyssa’s relationship with Jeb, that was a little boring. Morpheus was way more exciting.Yeah, I just love him.
“He’s a contradiction: taut magic coiled to strike, gentleness at war with severity, a tongue as sharp as a whip’s edge, yet skin so soft he could be swathed in clouds.”
Of course there were other very interesting characters. Sometimes very disturbing to read about like those killer flowers… *gulp* Anyway… all of them were amazing and so original in their own way, different, even though they are from Carroll’s tale. This Wonderland world is nothing like the one in the original book, it way more dangerous and gruesome. Just delicious.
Splintered was one amazing retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A.G. Howard gave a very original spin to the story, making it a whole lot more creepy, frightening and just fantastical. With its omnious characters and beautiful writing it was breathtaking to read about the Wonderland that Alice left behind.
I scroll past images every bit as violent and beautiful as Jeb’s paintings: luminious, rainbow-skinned creatures with bulbous eyes and sparkly, silken wings who carry knives and swords; hideous, naked hobgoblins in chains who crawl on all fours and have corkscrew tails and cloven feet like pigs; silvery pixielike beings trapped in cages and crying oily black tears.
“I go where Al goes, dances-with-bugs. And just so you know, if anything happens to her, I’ll pin you by your wings to a corkboard and use you for dart practice.”
“I hate you,” I say, the sentiment muffled against his heart, hoping to make it true.
“And I love you,” he answers without hesitation, voice resolved and raw as he holds me tighter so I can’t break away and react. “A crossroads, my beautiful princess, that was unavoidable—given our situations.”
Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
He lifts thee fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”
“Such an optimist.”
“My cup is never empty.”
“Too bad your brain is.” The words bite, but my smile softens with affection.”
A.G. Howard is most at home when weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
Her debut YA fantasy, SPLINTERED, a dark Alice in Wonderland spinoff, is slated for release *Fall 2012 by Amulet.
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I can't wait to read this book! The cover is STUNNING. Glad to see a positive review!
I really enjoyed this book too! Definitely one of my top five reads of the year!
OMG!! I like this book. I hope that is publish this book in Spain.
Can't wait to read this one 🙂 Fairy tale re-tellings are getting more and more famous! 🙂 Great review 😀 xx
This is definitely going on my TBR list. I can't believe we have to wait til JANUARY to read it! I'm a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland–so much so that I was Alice last year for Halloween and the Queen of Hearts this year! Anyway, thanks for the review. I can't wait to pick this one up!
I am really interested in Splintered, great review!
Oh my god your review just moved up higher on my to-read list! Ahh I have an eARC of it and now it's calling my name!
Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada
OMG I cannot wait to read this one!!!! 🙂