Published by Abrams on January 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school. That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs. Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her to do what’s right? Readers will swoon over the satisfying return to Howard’s bold, sensual reimagining of Carroll’s classic.
If you think that Splintered was messed up (in a good, twisted way), then you should move along to Unhinged, because WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. HELL. And if you have not read this whole series, then what are you doing with your life? You need to jump down that rabbit hole and get sucked in by A.G. Howard’s fantastic writing. (Also, purple fonts, guys. This whole damn series has PURPLE fonts. I cannot stress that enough.)
I have been fascinated with A.G. Howard’s writing since I read the first chapter of Splintered. She manages to twist a perfectly innocent (and boring) fairy tale, Alice In Wonderland, into something more twisted and dark, leaving readers wanting more. And I do want more of this whole series. Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus. Good God, I want to meet them all, and just shake their hands, be like “You guys are amazing, simply amazing.” HAHAH and Morpheus. *swoons* Alyssa needs to make up her mind and pick the sexy moth.
This book has more adventure than the first book, simply because the first book was mainly about Wonderland. But Unhinged finally puts both the human world and Wonderland together. Imagine these two different worlds collide? Horrifying, no? Throughout the whole book, it felt like I had something stuck in my throat. I was fearful of the ending (and I was right, damn you A.G. Howard.) This is also the book in which you will learn to love Morpheus if you had not already in the first book. He was much more pronounced in this book, in which his character went through a lot of phases and we finally got to see the man behind that flirty mask. Though, he is still quite an infuriating bastard. HAHA. (I say that in an endearing tone.)
Also, this book delved deeper into Alyssa’s family, which has always made me curious, especially that mother of hers. I think that it finally sheds a lot, like really a lot of light to some of the reasons behind the weird things happening in the first book. I was just there like HOMYGODHOMYGOD WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT.
Yes, that was me. HAHA. This book will make you realise that in the midst of living out our happy normal lives, what strange things have been going on that you yourself have no clue about. It makes you wonder, eh? Read this book, if you have not. Or this whole series, if you will. I will gladly direct you to the bookstore, if I have to.