Review: Splintered (Splintered #1) by A. G. Howard

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Review: Splintered (Splintered #1) by A. G. HowardSplintered (Splintered, #1) Published by Amulet Books on January 1st 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 371
Source: Purchased
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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.


I received this book from my bookswap partner, and I totally totally adore this book. If I would have to judge the book by its cover, I would have fallen in love with it already because A) THAT COVER IS SO PRETTTTTTY and B) GUYS, THE WORDS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE BOOK IS PURPLE. PUUUUURPLE. You need this book, trust me. Describe in one short phrase about this book: TWISTED VERSION OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Alyssa Gardner comes from a long line of cursed generation. Or so they say. She hears flowers and bugs talk, and THAT was how her mother and grandmother and great grandmother and great great grandmother (well, you get the idea.) land themselves in the mental asylum. That’s how it has always been for the women in Alyssa’s family, so it’s no surprise when Alyssa keeps her secret to herself. This family curse happened when Alice Liddell (YOU KNOW, THAT ALICE IN WONDERLAND’s ALICE) tells the story of talking rabbits, walking cards, to Lewis Carroll. But when her mom’s “mental illness” might just make Alyssa lose her mother for real, Alyssa went on a journey to prove to everyone that they’re not crazy. It turns out, though, that that fairy tale you thought was only a story? IT’S TRUE.

Firstly, there is sort of a love triangle in this book, so if you’re not a fan of love triangle, sorry about that. I am not REALLY a fan of love triangles, but for some reason, this book kinda justifies it. Because even when Alyssa keeps swinging back and forth between Jeb and Morpheus, THAT’S WHAT I DID TOO. Because hot DAMN, they’re both hot. And they’re sweet and flawed too. Come on, how can a girl decide? *sobs*

But anyway, like I said, this is the twisted, gritty version of Alice in Wonderland. The talking rabbit isn’t cute, AT ALL. Everything isn’t what it seems and I think that’s what made me love this book even more. Because it makes the fairy tale seemed so REAL. No more happily ever after, guys. This story is about Alyssa’s life and how she’s trying to save her generation of cursed females. Alyssa is a unique character, to me. She’s unpredictable. Her every heroic actions are more or less CLUMSINESS or by accident. She takes all her family’s mistakes in stride and attempts to solve it all, not even stopping once to complain about how unlucky she is to be born in that generation. OH SHE IS SO NOT WHINY. I REPEAT, SHE IS SO NOT WHINY AT ALL.

And then there’s Morpheus. I have no idea if I should strangle him or flail over his cute self. HAHA. But he is one of the significant characters in this book. I lovelovelove him because he always keeps you on your toes. Throughout this whole book, I was so eager and curious to find out what Morpheus keeps hiding, or whether he’s hiding anything at all. Because it’s Morpheus. As much as you want to trust him, you know you shouldn’t and that’s what made the story more interesting and mysterious.

OH, and have I said that this book is twisted? Yes, it is. VERY VERY twisted. But I love it. Now, where can I get the next book?

About A. G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write Splintered — the first book in her bestselling gothic Alice in Wonderland spinoff, the Splintered Series — while working at a school library in her Texas hometown.

When writing, A.G. is most at home weaving all things melancholy, magical, and macabre into everyday settings and scenes. In her downtime, she enjoys rollerblading, gardening, and visiting 18th century graveyards or abandoned buildings to appease her muse’s darker side.

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