I am so sorry I haven’t been posting in ages; I’ve been so caught up in other stuff, which I’ll be talking about in my other post…
Anyways, I HAVE got a review for you. Enjoy!
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Authour: 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.
Taken from Goodreads
Splintered was a refreshing break from the outbreak of books centered on angels, demons, vampires and the like. Not that I have a problem with books with these, but it does get repetitive after a while.
Splintered basically is about Alyssa, who has to journey into Wonderland to break a curse to free her mother from madness. Or so she thinks.
I loved the plot twists in this book, it kept the action from lagging and it added to the complexity and depth of each character, well, the three main ones, Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheus.
While we’re still on the plot twists, the love triangle is certainly interesting for this one. Authours have to be careful with love triangles, because there’s always a chance of readers favouring one over the other, and right now I’m favouring the bad boy, Morpheus.
Morpheus, is mysterious, dark, a free spirit and a bit crazy, to be honest. But then again, aren’t we all? He’s the “guide” on this journey, and Alyssa’s childhood friend. But of course he’s not really what he seems to be. Yep, he’s messed up, and I can honestly say I love him. Definitely the tortured hero. Though I did question his decisions (like, was that REALLY necessary?), I can’t really find a fault in the depiction of this character, so much that I’d like to see more of him in the next book.
Jeb. Okay he’s the guy, Alyssa wants but can’t have (yet. Lol.) because he’s with the “popular girl”. Also one of her longtime friends, she’s been there for him all along. Alyssa bonds with him, to the extent that they admit to each other their feelings. He’s a nice guy, brave, chivalrous, protective, loving. He has a dark past, but it isn’t really stressed in the book. Final judgment: hmm, I like him, but after reading the conclusion, I can’t help thinking that Alyssa’s decision, while it saved him, will put a wrench in their relationship.
Alyssa is your everyday girl. A bit of a social outcast; she can talk to insects and flowers. To be honest, she is a bit weird. Her mom is in asylum, and family life is fractured without her, which is something everyone can relate to. When she comes into Wonderland, it really reveals her true self, amongst the madness. One part of book which elevated her from me thinking “just another girl” to “hey she’s like me” was me thinking that Alyssa’s fights were a bit too easily solved, and she too realises this (and the reason why) and I think that brought out an awareness of her that, she’s not a puppet blindly following instructions but someone who thinks and CAN think. Overall, though, I think she’s a well-constructed character, a REAL character, with human responses and human struggles, which sets her apart from the rest of the characters of Wonderland.
However, while the characters explored were limited, the setting and action were brilliant. The plotline flowed really well, and the twists were well fitted. There was definitely a lot of action, with unexpected fights, or discoveries made every chapter.
It was a very imaginative interpretation of the original Alice in Wonderland, and I appreciated the many references to the classical story, in Alyssa’s journey, especially since I’ve read the original book.
In conclusion, you could say, a story about madness is always interesting to read.
In a sentence: One of the most interesting books I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot.
Judgment: Go read it. It’s worth your time.
Next book: Unhinged (comes out 7th of Jan. 2014)