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Splintered by A.G Howard Book Review

Splintered
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as wellas 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 haven’t read Alice in Wonderland, but I remembered watching the movie and all the really unique elements it had. Splintered was such an amazing take on Alice in Wonderland with an even more amazing romance ;) 

Splintered is about a girl, Alyssa, and what happens when she follows her ancestor’s past and goes down the rabbit hole. Her best friend, Jeb ends up following her, and she also meets mysterious guy, Morpheus, who’s from her past.

The twists on the original tale were all so cool. The little imperfections that came about were just so intriguing! All the different characters and language of Wonderland were so beautiful and unique. My only complaint is that I felt things got a bit slow and confusing in the middle of the story.

Alyssa was a really great character. Her mom was in an asylum from her being crazy as a result of insisting on Wonderland being real and acting like she was from there herself. Then, there were the two guys, Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus was pretty mysterious and sneaky. He was also definitely not my favorite character. A lot of people do really like him but in general, I just didn’t like his character too much. Jeb was a whole different story for me, though. I loved his devotion and protectiveness over Alyssa. It was so sweet! I’m definitely Team Jeb.

There was a lot of underlying motivations surrounding everything that happened and the ending definitely left Splintered open for a sequel. I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers. It’s a great take on Alice in Wonderland!




15 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one! I absolutely loved this book! I am also obsessed with Morpheus, but I dont hate Jeb lol. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. Thank you! :) I can see why people like Morpheus, although he wasn't the type of guy that I personally tend to like in books.

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  2. I really like Alice in Wonderland and all kinds of fairytales, so I've been excited about this book from the moment I saw it. The cover is gorgeous! I recently won this book and now I'm waiting for it to arrive, so I can devour it in one day <3 I love the unique sound of this twist and from what I've heard, I'm going to like Alyssa a lot :D Awesome review!

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. Alyssa is a great character, I hope you receive your copy of Splintered soon. Thank you so much! :)

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  3. Great review. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. :)

    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

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  4. IT DELETED MY COMMENT. *pouts*

    Anywho, I really liked this one too! I think that my favorite part was the morbid version of wonderland, because it made it all so fantastically creepy! And I am DEFINITELY with you on Jeb-- he's so sweet!! But Morpheus...he had to be there. But I don't have to like him, so there is that! ;) Fab review! (:

    Loves,
    Megan@The Book Babe

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    1. Jeb was amazing, and I do agree that Morpheus was a good contrast to Jeb. Thank you! :)

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  5. I AM THE ONLY PERSON WHO HASN'T READ THIS BOOK YET!!!! Gosh, I am literally dying to read this after reading so many AMAZING reviews for it and of course meeting Morpheus! I just can't wait. Plus, that cover is gorgeous! LOVE IT! :D

    I'm thrilled that you also enjoyed this, Montana! Awesome review!

    ~ Maida

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    1. lol, I just read this last week or so, but I hope you love it once you read it! I also love the cover :)

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  6. Everyone keeps talking about how GOOD this book is, so I feel like I'm going to have to pick it up soon from the library.

    Glad you enjoyed it! =)

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    1. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it, if you do decide to pick it up :)

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  7. The book description, for once, is perfect. This is a stunning debut, and it does capture the grotesque madness of a magical and much-loved world.

    A. G. Howard puts her own delightful twist on the story behind the story, and begins her adventure with the mystery of Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With this dash of originality, we are introduced to a contemporary fantasy, one that involves another tumble into the rabbit hole, this time with Alyssa Gardner and her good friend Jeb. There are the echoes of familiar characters, from the White Rabbit, to the Caterpillar and his hookah. We have the kings and the queens, and the remnants of Alice’s tears. There is even a splendid nod to the tea party and the Mad Hatter. Howard's rendition is not lacking in creativity, and features a sea of tears, giant spider-women, an octo-walrus and many, many other outrageous and wild things. It is exciting and mad, in exactly the way I expect all Wonderland retellings to be.

    Without distracting from the splendour of the story, a romance builds between Alyssa and Jeb. While not without complications and teenage angst, it is a sweet and modern romance, filled with satisfying tension and emotion. Be warned, this is not a perfect romance between perfect people. It is dramatic, sometimes very much so, and if that is not something you can tolerate, or remotely enjoy reading about, tread carefully with Splintered. There is also – cue the groans – a light love triangle. I live to bitch about love triangles (really, I do) but, surprisingly, I was happy to accept (too strong a word?) the situation in this book because I knew I would get my way in the end. Let me put it this way. If you enjoyed Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo regardless of the love triangle, then I have no doubt you will be tolerant of the romantic plot in this book too. If it is any consolation, it does not take anything away from the magic of the overall story. If anything, it adds to it.

    The main characters, Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus, are all likeable, or at least, intriguing. Alyssa’s initial quirkiness sprouts from her ability to hear the whispers of insects and the flutter of wings. While her decisions are not always easy to appreciate, she is a delightful and brave protagonist and not difficult to warm to. Morpheus is seduction and mystery, expertly wrapped into a dark, enticing package. He is the other love interest, a constant enigma, and his role not quite as exasperating as you might imagine. Jeb, however, is my favourite. While he is evidently ruled by his emotions, and sometimes not in the most positive of ways, it is testament to Howard’s characterisation skills that he remains appealing throughout, despite the obvious flaws. Admittedly, his protectiveness over Alyssa is, at times, constricting and unrealistic, but not so much so that I failed to enjoy the story because of it.

    I initially, perhaps too soon, rated this book 5 stars. Upon reflection, however, I realise it is not faultless and do have to admit that the ending is... not quite what I needed. Regardless, I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed A.G. Howard’s debut novel and could not have hoped for a better renewal of a favourite classic. This is a book best suited to readers who do not tire of adventurous plots, and who are inclined to decent-sized portions of romance. And, of course, this is a book for those longing to hurdle head-first into the surreal madness of Wonderland.


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  8. I'm reading this one right now! Nearly finished! :D Really liking it so far but a little torn between Jeb and Morpheus. They are both really great supporting characters!

    Lovely review :) And lovely blog!

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  9. Happy to see you enjoyed this one. I own this one on kindle. Its one I've had high hope for.

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