Review Of Splintered

Sunday, 3 August 2014
Book: Splintered
Author: A. G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Young Adult, Retelling, Alice in Wonderland, Debut Novel

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: 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.

Review: I have a confession to make, I love Alice in Wonderland. Splintered is none other than a dark retelling of the story, but instead of Alice Liddell, we follow one of her decedents named Alyssa Gardner. She is artsy, punk, and totally awesome with this cool ability to understand bugs and flowers. Or maybe it's not so cool considering that she kills bugs to use in her artwork.

On top of that, the Wonderland that we read about is different from the Disney movie, but it's a good different. While the movie downplays how dark and scary Wonderland is, the book doesn't shy away from it. 

Morpheus is basically the equivalent of Ash from The Iron Fey Series if he were half moth with their manipulative, arrogant, bad boy ways. They're both super gorgeous in case you were wondering.

Howard creates a story that is well written and intriguing, leaving you guessing about what's going to happen next. 

Overall, if you're an Alice in Wonderland fan, or are looking for a great story, give this book a try.

See you all tomorrow for another review!

- Hearts And Crowns

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