Monday, February 23, 2015

REVIEW: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Splintered (Splintered, #1)
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.

This is my third time reading this book and it was just as amazing this time as it was the other times! This is such an amazing and imaginative series!

Alyssa's mother has been in a mental institution ever since Alyssa was a child and she constantly worries that she will become insane just like her mother. It doesn't help that she can hear the whispers of bugs and flowers, just like her mother. Madness runs in the family. It's been that way since Alice Liddell. In order to help her mother and save her future, Alyssa has to stop her family curse and in order to do that, she has to go done the rabbit hole. She has to pass a series of tests, undoing what Alice did in Wonderland. While doing this, she will discover the truth about Wonderland and her family.

I don't know a whole lot about Alice in Wonderland. Most of my knowledge comes from the original Disney movie. But even with my limited knowledge, I could enjoy this book. And I did! It's so hard for me to review this book without full-on gushing! While this is based on another story, it is still so very imaginative! A.G. Howard completely transformed Wonderland to something completely different and dark. Really, I applaud her world-building!!

This book is also very action-packed and so fact-paced! You really won't want to set this book down! This book is also very surprising and full of twists!

As far as romance, this book does have a mini triangle. Not as much in this book, but there is one. Jeb is a really great guy, and I learn to like him more as the series goes, but he's kind of the average love interest. Then there's Morpheus. Gosh, I love Morpheus, but you can never really tell where his hear lies. That's all I'm saying. Though, I still love him.

READ IT!! I love everything about this book! If you want an amazing, imaginative, retelling, then you really need to pick up this book! Heck! If you love amazing books, give this one a try!

I hereby give this book
5 Wheels
Meaning: A new favorite!

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