Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Posted June 13, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 9 Comments

Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard


by A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered #1
Pages: 377
Published on January 1st 2013
by Amulet Books
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Also by this author: Splintered, Unhinged, Ensnared, The Architect of Song

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

Why in the world did I wait this long to read this fantastic, amazing book? Seriously. I should have read it ages ago. God, I feel stupid for putting it aside so long. I loved this book and this time I really don’t regret judging a book by its cover. Come on, look at it. Would you be able to resist?

Splintered is a very cool and kind of twisted retelling of Alice In Wonderland. It’s about Alyssa Gardner, a young girl whose great-great-great-grandmother is Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Alyssa can hear the whispers of flowers and bugs, something that got her mother and all of her female ancestors went to the mental hospital for. When her mother’s health gets worse, Alyssa is determined to find a way to help her. Even if that means facing the horrible truth that Wonderland is not just a story and that it’s darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. So along with unexpected companion Jeb, her neighbor and long time friend, dive down the rabbit hole to fix Alice’s mistakes and lift the curse.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Alice In Wonderland growing up, but I am a big fan of twisted fairy tale retellings and that’s exactly what this is. I did remember everything from the Disney movie when I was reading this and it was so cool to see how the author gave it her own dark twist. I loved this version of Wonderland! It was so dark and mysterious. A.G. Howard’s writing is unique and imaginative, giving the right atmosphere right from the start!

“I’m not wasting another second drawing you,” he whispers against my lips, “when I can touch you instead.” He presses his mouth to mine.

I really did not expect this story to be so heartbreaking and full of ALL the feels as it is. The first few chapters were also very dark, but in a very different way then it is in Wonderland itself. It’s emotionally dark, if you get what I mean. I did cry in the beginning. For Alyssa and her mom. It was so sad and it really did break my heart! Which is also proof that this book, next to a great story, also has great characters. I loved them all, no matter how small their role was. I loved all the creatures from Wonderland, I loved Alyssa’s father and her mother and her friend Jenara, Jeb’s sister. Jeb. Oh that boy had my heart right from the first scene he was in. Morpheus didn’t stand a chance. Jeb is so sweet, caring, brave,… I loved how much he cared for Alyssa and what he was prepared to do for her! Morpheus was awesome, but like I said, next to Jeb he didn’t stand a chance for me. I get why someone would be on his side, but I’m on Team Jeb.

“Don’t break my heart.”
“I’d cut mine out first.”

The romance was by far one of the greatest things in this book. I loved it. Jeb and Alyssa are so perfect together. And I didn’t expect the romance to be so passionate as it was! I wanted them to kiss right in the first scene. They have such great chemistry. So that brings me to Alyssa. A fantastic Main Character! She’s loyal, brave, caring, loving, sweet, tough when she needs to be,… Sure she could use a bit more self esteem, but I get it. She’s had a tough life and honestly I think she did a lot better than other people would have. I rooted for her and I felt everything she felt. I was with her every step of the way!

Splintered is a dark, twisted, surprisingly original retelling of the famous Alice In Wonderland. It sucked me in right from the start and it did not let me go! I recommend it to everyone that loves retellings, especially if you’re a fan of this fairy tale. I loved it and I can’t wait to start Unhinged!


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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9 responses to “Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

  1. OOoh great review! I have this and the second one in ARC format on my TBR mountain! Won them earlier this year but haven’t had the chance to read them! And now I’m swamped with review books! Hoping to get to these soon! I hear good things (and some not so good things) about them! But since your review is sooo positive, I have a better feeling about this one now than I did before! Great review! Looking forward to reading it!

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