{Effie Reviews} Splintered by A.G. Howard

Posted June 4, 2014 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Splintered by A.G. Howard


by A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered #1
Published on January 1st, 2013
by Amulet Books
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Retelling
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Unhinged, Splintered, Ensnared, The Architect of Song

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.

5 Stars

This book rocked my world!!!

Seriously, it was just that incredible. The book starts off by us learning of Alyssa and her family, more importantly her mother, who’s admitted in an asylum for having strange delusions. And it tore my heartstrings as we moved through the first few chapters and saw just how much Alyssa struggles not only with her familial, but also the fact that she’s hearing flowers and bugs talking to her, a sign that’s she’s starting to become like her mother.

It was just so easy falling into Splintered and seeing the world through Alyssa’s eyes as she slowly uncovers the truth about herslf and her family’s “curse”.

Now I know I normally keep my reviews spoiler-free, or as spoiler free as possible, but this time I can’t help the share the maginificence that A.G. Howard re-invented when we entered the world of Wonderland. I loved the dark and twisty “feel” of Wonderland and the strangeness and utter mystery of this incredible world can be so deceptively beautiful and yet so utterly cruel beyond compare. It’s such a wonderfully, dangerous place that was described in such detail that it felt like I was actually there with Alyssa, as the story went on.

Alright, characters!!!!

I LOVED Alyssa!! She just feels so real and her struggles and feelings are so genuine that I just couldn’t help but love her. And I enjoyed it so much when she let loose her darker side and how she changed in the end.

Then there’s Jeb and Morpheus and holeymoley I just CANNOT choose between the two of them!! It’s maddening. I love Jeb, he’s such a sweet and protective guy and I think he really fits Alyssa so much. On the other hand we have Morpheus aka The Caterpillar, for those of you who don’t know, and he’s such a misschievous, deceptive, seductive little moth and I love him to bits for it. In a strange Wonderland kind of way, he totally belongs to Alyssa and she to him.

So this is the first time it’s happened to me that I can truly say I have no clue as to which one will end up with Alyssa, or who I’m rooting for, because I’m rooting for both of them (and doesn’t that sound greedy?) and that this is promising to be one of the most complex Love Triangles I’ve ever read so far.

I can’t wait to see what happens in Unhinged (which I’ll be reading as soon as my Reading Buddy has her copy) and Ensnared!!


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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