{Effie Reviews} Ensnared by A.G. Howard

Posted July 1, 2016 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Ensnared by A.G. Howard


by A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered #3
Published on January 13th, 2015
by Amulet Books
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Retelling
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Splintered, Unhinged, Splintered, The Architect of Song

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles... and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world—a parallel dimension filled with mutated and sadistic netherling outcasts.

In the final installment of the Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But even if everyone succeeds and comes out alive, can they all truly have their happily ever after?

4 Stars

Welp … this is gonna be a bit calmer then my reviews of Splintered and Unhinged. The main reason for this is; while I’m still hopelessly in love with Howard’s writing style and how she makes those amazingly, wonderful and exotic descriptions of all things Wonderland. I can’t help but feel disappointed as well.

Let me explain. The story starts off after Alyssa tricked her dad into riding a butterfly and getting on the memory train as I like to call it. We get to see how Alyssa start to be more and more like the Red Queen she’s going to become, madness included. We’re taking on a rollercoaster ride to how Alyssa’s dad ended up in Sister Two’s hands and we discover there’s a place where bad creatures of Wonderland can get send to, if they become a nuisance. The Looking-glass world to be exact, a place where netherlings can’t use magic, or at least they shouldn’t be able to. So while Alyssa and her dad (who regains his memories and finds out his real name and that he still has living relatives and of course that he’s also connected to Wonderland) find a way to the looking-glass world to save Morpheus and Jeb, it gets a whole lot complicated once they arrive there. Jeb’s not the person he was anymore, Morpheus is still his delectable, selfish and manipulative self (which I still love to bits), but unfortunately Queen Red made it there too and now she’s made a deal with the self-proclaimed ruler of the looking-glas world, the Queen of Hearts. I’m gonna try and not put spoilers here so I’ll keep the rest of the story part quick. I liked it but it felt rushed and while I loved seeing how the looking-glass world worked and how Alyssa becomes more and more like the Red Queen she’s supposed to become. It all just felt rushed, I was disappointed at some of the choices she made in the end, or how things played out, like with how Wonderland was put back to it’s perfectly, chaotic state and by whom. But most of all I’m not quite sure how to feel about the ending. It’s not what I expected it to be and I’m neither happy nor sad about it. It just is, to me and that’s not the feeling I was hoping for when I finally read the last installment of this trilogy. But I guess, beggars can’t be choosers, right? In the end it was a good book, but just not what I hoped it would be.

As for the characters, as I said before I did love Alyssa’s change and acceptance to both her netherling and human side and how she learned to keep them balanced. She’s a good characters and I still like her for that. As for Jeb, he turned into a meh characters for me. I know *gasp* shocker … but I just didn’t like him as much as I used or nor sympathize with him either. Alyssa’s mom and dad were okay characters, I did love how we got to see where Alyssa’s dad came from, and how he ended up in the cemetery with Sister Two.

But in the end Ensnared didn’t quite give me the same rush as it’s predecessors. It’s still an amazing book, but just not the same for me as the previous ones, which is why it won’t get the same rating as Splintered and Unhinged. I do still recommend this trilogy to anyone who loves seeing Wonderland in a different jacket. It’s a wonderful book and the author’s writing style is amazing, so people should definitely pick these books up and read them, they’re worth it.


About A.G. Howard

International and NYT best-selling author, Anita Grace Howard, lives in the Texas panhandle. She is most at home weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She’s inspired by all things flawed, utilizing the complex loveliness of human conditions and raw emotions to give her characters life, then turning their world upside down so the reader’s blood will race.

Married and mother of two teens (as well as surrogate mom to two Guinea pigs and one Labrador retriever), Anita divides her days between spending time with her family and plodding along or plotting on her next book.

When she’s not writing, Anita enjoys rollerblading, biking, snow skiing, gardening, and family vacations that at any given time might include an impromptu side trip to an 18th century graveyard or a condemned schoolhouse for photo ops.

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