Splintered (splintered Series #1): Splintered Book One by A. G. HowardSplintered (splintered Series #1): Splintered Book One by A. G. Howard

Splintered (splintered Series #1): Splintered Book One

byA. G. Howard

Hardcover | January 1, 2013

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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.

Read all the books in the New York Times bestselling Splintered series: Splintered (Book 1), Unhinged (Book 2), Ensnared (Book 3), and Untamed (The Companion Novel). 
Get books 1 through 3 in the Splintered boxed set, available now!

Praise for Splintered:

"Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale."
USA Today

"Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow toward Tim Burton’s 2010 film version."
The Boston Globe

"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original."

" Protagonist Alyssa...is an original. Howard's visual imagination is superior. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole."
Publishers Weekly

"While readers will delight in such recognizable scenes as Alyssa drinking from a bottle to shrink, the richly detailed scenes that stray from the original will entice the imagination. These adventures are indeed wonderful."

"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."
Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderland is filled with much that is not as wonderful as might be expected, and yet, it is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her true nature. The cover with its swirling tendrils and insects surrounding Alyssa will surely attract teen readers who will not disappointed with this magical, edgy tale."
Reading Today Online

"Creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance."
School Library Journal

YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten
A. G. Howard wrote Splintered while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child. She lives in Am...
Title:Splintered (splintered Series #1): Splintered Book OneFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419704281

ISBN - 13:9781419704284

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic read! A fantastic darkly twisted retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Magical, mysterious, and odd this story will delight fans of the original, as well as those of dark fantasy. Memorable and interesting characters, as well as some well done romance make for an exceptional read.
Date published: 2019-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic read! A fantastic darkly twisted retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Magical, mysterious, and odd this story will delight fans of the original, as well as those of dark fantasy. Memorable and interesting characters, as well as some well done romance make for an exceptional read.
Date published: 2019-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was amazing! This is definitely a page turner. You’ll never want to put it down.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely, fantastically whimsical journey! I fell in love with the world that A. G. Howard has crafted. The world building was first class, the characters each very different and they all grow so much, Alyssa in particular. The most important thing, is the story-telling. A. G. Howard’s writing was compelling, and provoked such vivid imagery. An overall wonderful read.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Such an amazing twist on a classic story. A.G. Howard has a very good imagination! I read all of the books in this series and would definitely read them over and over again.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Splintered had me an intrigued by the cover! Loving nature I was curious to how a remake on Alice in Wonderland would tie into the naturalistic sense of the cover? But this book turned out to be a modern take on Alice in Wonderland that I never would have imagined. I loved this book and would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fun to read but doesn't avoid cliches Fun to read if you enjoy interpretations on Alice in Wonderland, I enjoyed how the concepts of the original book were incorporated into the story along with a darker tone. The story however is littered with cliches from the crush on the childhood friend to the popular spoiled rich girl as her enemy. The characters are rather flat and predictable but are arguably leveled out by the Alice in Wonderland fantasy bits.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book I remember reading this book back in middle school. I was obsessed with this series! I loved this book so much that I even bought the second one.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Have Been Better As far as retellings go, this one probably wouldn't win brownie points for originality. The protagonist, Alyssa, is a direct descendant of the "original" Alice, the subject of Lewis Carroll's famous novel. Her family suffers from a "curse", and inevitable insanity. Alyssa herself is a bit of a cliché: she's in love with her best friend, hates her family's heritage, and butts heads with the classic "mean girl" character, who, of course, is dating the guy Alyssa is madly in love with. And, naturally, there's a love triangle. I don't mind love triangles, really, provided they're written in a way that adds to the story and aids the development of the plot. To a certain extent, this one did, I suppose, but it mostly just came off (to me) as a teenaged girl too indecisive to choose between two guys. I did like Howard's interpretation of Wonderland, though I honestly wish she might have put her own spin on the name itself, to lend it some uniqueness. However, the citizens of Wonderland were a show of creativity on Howard's part; from the royalty to the morbid creatures who collect the spirits of the deceased, it's clear the author put time and thought into populating her version of Wonderland with the most bizarre creations. I would have liked a bit more maturity from the characters, and more focus on the plot instead of the romance, but it was a very quick read for me, and as I was in the mood for an Alice In Wonderland retelling, I have to say I did enjoy it.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! ! ! Could not put this book down! Such a good spin on the classic Alice in Wonderland! Had to order the rest of the trilogy! Dark and captivating, and . . . .Morpheus. . . .
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool and Dark Read This was an interesting take on Alice in Wonderland- the beginning was a bit cringey and there were a few moments that still made me cringe, but overall it was a good read! It was hard to put down the book and the ending is so heartwarming and sweet. Like a modern, darker Alice in Wonderland.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Story I loved this book, it tells a very interesting story. A. G. Howard has created a fresh new world of magic and fantasy from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." I recommend this book to any fantasy lover out there!
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional~ This book was recommended to me by a dear friend of mine. I am so happy she got me into it as I have recently completed the series, including the companion book, and am absolutely enthralled by it. A. G. Howard has such a fantastical way of creating a world we both long for, yet fear, in both the human realm and Wonderland, itself. The creatures of Wonderland, affectionately deemed 'Netherlings', are so vividly written and posses such vibrance and personality it simply touches the heart and ensares your mind and senses taking you on a journey deep into the mind of a brilliant author. The way, in which, she incorporates Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with her own, very modern, slightly disturbing, world is truly fascinating. The Knowledge Keeper, Morpheus is a force to be reckoned with and his character alone will keep you guessing his whole part in the series. Is he trustworthy? Is his interest more in Wonderland or Alyssa? Or Alyssa's place in Wonderland? The beloved creatures from the fairytale we all know and love have been warped and altered in such mind bending ways and yet they truly do have the power, within their charm, to win our hearts time and again. The White Rabbit (Rabid White), Cheshire Cat (Chessie) and even the Queen of Hearts (Red!) are all to be found in here. Although the parts they play are much more profound, in Howard's reimagining. This is not the fairytale you're used to but it's beautiful, gothic and so well written it'll keep you turning pages to find out what happens well into the night. Enjoy !!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What? Man, this was a great twist on Alice in Wonderland.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Splintered At first I thought I would hate it, but then I ended up loving the series.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Splintered I started off a little iffy about the series, but then I ended up loving it.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Splintered I love Alice in Wonderland and this was a nice twist. I love Morpheus.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting retelling Not the best retelling of Alice in Wonderland but definitely interesting in its own right.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Alice retelling Im not going to pretend this series is without it's faults but overall it was a first good book. Ive always been a sucker for alice in wonderland so i enjoyed this series as an overall. There were moments i disliked and occasionally i got tired of certain characters but all in all an interesting read.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not finish I really wanted to like this book, it had all the elements I usually like: romance, teenage coming-of-age, fairy tale retelling, good reviews, even a trusted friend had heard good things and she lent it to me. But... I just couldn't do it. About halfway through, I lost interest. I think the writing was cumbersome and repetitive, I remember thinking "I'm already halfway through and still nothing has really happened yet". Also I couldn't connect with the fairy tale, it could be that I'm not a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, I don't know the story that well and when I try to read it or find out more about it I quickly get bored and move on.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from liked it For some reason this cover is so much better than those for the rest of the trilogy, but the story is captivating.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't get through it I don't know if it was just me.. but this was an overly descriptive book that I couldn't honestly make it through. Maybe I'll give it another try someday, but I definitely had to put it down the first time I picked it up. The cover is beautiful though.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Splintered by A.G. Howard I wanted to read this book for a while now and every time I decide to read something happens that prevents it .. when I finally got to it I went into a reading slump not because it was bad .. but I was facing some issues in my life .. when I got back to it I finished it in one sitting and I was amazed how it was well written and stayed truthful to the original story of Alice in Wonderland .. I liked the references and how the story gives a good twist to everything you thought was a given .. I loved Jeb he is a cute character and I liked his development through out the story .. Alysa is a nice heroin to follow around .. as for Morpheus I'm still deciding if I like him or not .. so excited to read the second book :)
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new twist on a classic I really enjoyed this whole series! It was such an interesting twist on a loved classic story.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok There were aspects I enjoyed in this book, but I found that it was trying too hard to be edgy that it wasn't.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I found this a very enjoyable read, puts a new twist on a well known story.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Splintered An ok read. I think the main part that bugs me the most is the romance. Not really a love triangle fan.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular This modern revision of a timeless classic is beautiful and will tug on any readers heartstrings, regardless of age
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Retelling Of A Classic Tale If you think you know the fantastical world Lewis Carroll created through one girl's tumble down a rabbit hole, think again! A.G. Howard has taken Wonderland and turned it upside down. Rife with winged Nether creatures, maddening riddles, and murderous queens, this book will pull you down the rabbit hole and hold you captive between its pages. If you're looking for an engrossing read to become helplessly and wondrously lost in, Howard's mystifying Wonderland is sure to go above and beyond your expectations.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this book and was hooked instantly
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read I loved this book right from the first page until the last. It was thrilling and heart stopping. Be prepared to lose sleep, because you won’t be able to put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from detailed and intricate Well, the blurb just about explains it all: the premise of the novel focuses on Alyssa Gardner and her adventures in Wonderland, but any similarity to the original storyline of our childhood or the Disney version we watched with our children will be met with a much darker version and a more sinister nightmare. I have read a few reviews where readers claimed that Splintered is the re-telling of Alice in Wonderland-modernized and updated-but in my opinion it is not. A.G Howard admits to a fascination with Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Tim Burton’s artistic genius and it shows throughout the novel. But Alyssa’s adventures down the rabbit hole are complicated when the boy she has always loved follows her through and, the boy from her childhood dreams promises her the world-one will sacrifice his live while the other will sacrifice a friendship. Splintered re-visits Wonderland but Wonderland is no longer the happy place of Alice’s childhood. Six generations removed from the original Alice, Alyssa Gardner will become the pawn in a game much larger and deadlier than Lewis Carroll could ever have imagined. Believing she is in Wonderland to right the wrongs inflicted by her great grandmother (several generations removed) Alyssa will learn that she has a bigger role to play in Wonderland than awakening the Mad Hatter or finding the Chesire Cat’s grin. All of Carroll’s characters will return but each is a grotesque caricature of the original. Bloody knights, skeletal creatures, dismembered queens, headless cats and lust inducing berries are far from the Mad Hatters tea party or the White Rabbit’s hyper-active Wonderland run. And Alyssa will learn that perhaps Alice Liddell’s recounting of what happened is something far from the truth. Through it all, the boy from her dreams, will tell her what must be done, but even he has an ulterior motive in returning Wonderland back to its original beauty. Only Alyssa Gardner has the power to save Wonderland –but at what cost? SPLINTERED is a well-written, graphically descriptive and eerily disturbing storyline that will make you wonder how many of our childhood fairy tales are reflections of a more sinister story. Historically, the bedtime story was meant to scare children to sleep; to keep them in bed at night. A.G’s re-visit to Wonderland would have given many children nightmares. Howard’s description is so detailed that I was lost in the intricate and elaborate narration-I like to place myself into the storyline, but the circumstantial minutiae and finer points were confusing as I traveled Wonderland with Alyssa. Like a mirror, Wonderland is a reflection of its original, but a reflection that is backwards and dark –fascinating and dangerous. You can’t help but make the comparisons to Tim Burton’s recent Alice in Wonderland and the descriptive nature with which A.G Howard tells her story will have you casting and directing your own movie as your read along.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Those Who Like Dark Fantasy I found this book randomly and was drawn to it because of the cover. I have read Alice's adventures in wonderland and seen most of the movie adaptions and liked the story so i thought it would be cool to read another perspective on the tale. I loved this warped view on wonderland. The series is an interesting read, though the characters aren't the best in my opinion. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy especially darker fantasy.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it i loved this book so much i bought unhinged and ensnared asap and was still reading te first when i bought the second and third!!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just ok [CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS!!!] I did enjoy the story - it's a very interesting and unique take on the Alice in Wonderland stories, and the writing is amazing! First person point of view can be tricky, but the author nailed it! I really liked the gothic/punk sort of twist one it, being a long-time goth at heart, it was awesome to read something that sounded like it was from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The characters are three dimensional, but I didn't really connect to them though. I did like Morpheus a lot, the mysteries behind him, but Alyssa and Jeb felt a little like cliche typical teens - the main character having something about herself she can't figure out, but turns out there is something. That's the part when I started liking the story a little less: I wanted the main character, a strong female lead, to just be human (that's what I had always loved about the original storyline - just a normal girl, and it fit perfectly like that in my opinion), but again, she turns out to be a descendant of a magical race, so she's a half-netherling. From the point where she sprouts her wings, I kind of skimmed through the rest of the novel. I already knew Morpheus wasn't dead since I had seen the cover for the second and third novels, but was glad to see him make an appearance at the end of the first book since I won't be reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun fast read Just hang up your disbelief and logic because this book doesn't have room for it. It's wonderland, after all. Such a fun light read. Great for bubble baths or cozy weekends.
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kind of Bleh So the cover for this book is completely gorgeous, and the summary sounded promising too, the focus on talking to bugs and flowers in particular. In the end, however, this book kind of turned me off. # # # Things That Annoyed Me: First of all, it was much darker than I expected. Probably should have seen that coming since the cover's pretty eerie and it's a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, which people enjoy twisting to the dark side. I assumed the creepiness would be more of a sinister undertone, but instead it often came to the forefront. On the first page I learned that due to Alyssa, our main character, hearing bugs talk, she has become obsessed with killing bugs to stop them from disturbing her. Then she uses the bugs in her art. A protagonist who kills bugs that easily? Well, I guess I kill a certain number of bugs. But if I could hear them talking I don't think I could be quite so casual about it, even if I did think I was going crazy. The love triangle annoyed me too. Side one of love triangle: Jeb Holt. An over-protective older brother figure for Alyssa. Don't get me wrong, I love big brother figures. If he could have stayed like that instead of becoming a love interest, if their relationship could have stayed platonic, I would have loved this book a whole lot more. But no, we can't have that. That might actually teach Alyssa that she can't have everything she wants and every person she's attracted to, which might force her to mature. In short, Jeb was far too controlling for my tastes. He also just didn't feel developed or real. Every time something happened that was supposed to prove his "love" for Alyssa I would find myself squinting and feeling skeptical. Like, did Jeb really do that? Considering most of the time he's a jerk it seems a little OOC. Oh yeah, and he already has a girlfriend. It's just that he finds Alyssa more attractive so he's decided to pursue her anyways, without really settling things with his girlfriend first. Classy. Side two of love triangle: Morpheus. A strange Wonderland being called a netherling. Apparently he has something of an established relationship with Alyssa because they've met in her dreams before, and he is devoted to her. But he constantly manipulates Alyssa, belittles Jeb out of jealousy and wavers between "love" for Alyssa and his own selfish desires. Still better than Jeb, with a bit more character depth. But it makes me truly sad that he becomes the first choice. If there were a good, solid alternate love interest to take Jeb's place I would have had a lot of fun rooting against him because he makes an excellent villain. That said! Why on earth did there have to be so much focus on the love triangle in the first place? It's not me obsessing over it, no, it dominated most of the book. If Alyssa isn't obsessing over Jeb you can be sure she's thinking about Morpheus. Why can't Alyssa just be an independent woman and fight her own battles, and dump both of these dudes like the jerks they are? # # # Things I Actually Enjoyed: There were a lot of ingenious moments in the novel. Though they mostly came across as side notes rather than essential. In particular there were a few magical odds and ends that I loved, such as a box that can imprison a person and, once containing the person, will only show the person's head floating in a black liquid rather than their full body. Also some rather helpful clams. There was also some nice prose. In particular there were some very vivid descriptions of butterfly wings that helped to bring the story to life for me. And the twists and turns of the plot kept me confused and turning pages, even though it was partly out of a frustrated curiosity to see if Alyssa would ever wise up and stop letting people control her. Still, not particularly recommended. Although the cover is still gorgeous
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectamazacular I saw this book at chapters and the cover originally caught my eye (book by a cover, eh? Lol). I read the description and it sounded like my kinda seeies so i decided to give it a try and it did not disappoint. I loved it so much.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome and captivating. A short book but like the others capturing and magnificently mad. A.G Howard has done a great job yet again.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome and captivating. A short book but like the others capturing and magnificently mad. A.G Howard has done a great job yet again.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A promising premise ... Poorly executed. The romance aspect of the book was childish and oversimplified. That might have been ok if the main plot was developed. Instead discussing infatuation killed the plot
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great spin on the Alice in Wonderland saga. I enjoyed it more than the Carrol books. Jumped straight into Unhinged after finishing it and can't wait for the next in the series.
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The moth in the mirror I loved seeing things through Jebs eyes. It was refreshing and gave new perspective to some of my fave moments in the series.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Toooo short Just a Lil took short lol =D can't wait for the next one to come outt
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay It was okay...super short as well.
Date published: 2014-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Wonderful to read Jeb's side of things. I only wish it was longer!
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alice in Wonderland Retellings Aren't For Me... I don't really enjoy Alice in Wonderland retellings. They mostly end up all the same. Splintered is definitely one of those dull retellings, but I really wish it could've been better.  First off, the plot. It started off fantastic! It just hooked me in and it really blew my "first chapter expectations." It hooked me in from the first page and that's really hard to do when you're writing a book. Towards the middle, everything just fell apart and I got bored, and I really get bored easily during books, so I need something plot twisting and surprising to happen or else I'm out. The concept really wasn't that interesting anyway. I just put the book down towards the end. :( Now- the characters. Alyssa was okay. She was kind of bland and I just saw through her easily. A character in a book like this should be mysterious and have something special about them but basically all Alyssa has is her bug obsession and the obsession of past relatives in her family. That's just about it. Jeb and Morpheus were okay as well, better that Alyssa. They were trippy and wacky all at the same time, including their sexiness, hehe. But, I really didn't see any romance between the characters, just plain friendship in my eyes. I know, I know, I'm hard to impress. Overall, I really wanted more uniqueness. The book based off too much from Louis Carroll's original. Even though this is a retelling, I wish that I could've gotten more "wow" instead of "ehh."
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Splintered Amazing book! Absolutely must read because I never wanted to put it down :)
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but could have been better! I threw out all preconceived notions about what I knew about the original Alice in Wonderland story so I started this one with an open mind. What I got was a more darker and disturbing take and I really loved it. A. G. Howard is a wonderful storyteller. You want to be thrown into the character's place. You want to be there and doing all the things they do. I believe that's been achieved with Splintered. This is no retelling of Alice, it's more of a starting off point. Howard created such twists and turns that I knew this is another one to reread. A book that is a favourite to reread just because you know you'll learn something new again. What made me rate this as a 4 instead of a perfect 5 was that I felt it was so dragged out. There were so many round abouts that she had to go through and it was honestly tiring. I also felt it was way too long which in size could have been cut down. I can be impatient and want things to happen right away. Overall, a great retelling that I highly recommend. So much darkness and the characters are just so memorable! Keep a look out for this one, because I certainly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Splintered Loved this book and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Unhinged. The author found an interesting way to continue the story of Alice in Wonderland and with many interesting, dark twists. Many of the ways we know Wonderland are actually misunderstandings. You'll have to read the book to find out what they are. :)
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Splintered This book is amazing. If you like Alice in Wonderland you will love this book. Or if you like romance, magical worlds, amazing writing, and just all around awesomeness then you will also enjoy this book. This easily became one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lewis Carroll meets Tim Burton Loved this book! Alice's descendants learn the truth about Wonderland and the truth about themselves in this creepy fairy tale
Date published: 2013-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lewis Carroll meets Tim Burton This is a great read. It's an awesome twist to Alice in Wonderland. The author did a great job in introducing you to to Alice's granddaughter and what happened after she came back out of the rabbit hole. I couldn't put it down once I started reading.!!
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly unique and imaginative take on Wonderland tale Mini Book Review: I never understood the appeal for Alice when I was growing up, so even-though the cover hooked me in, I was reluctant to read this one. Glad I didn't just give this one away. Absolutely fabulous, unique, dark, creepy and her talent with words, mood and setting are positively awe inspiring. The story dragged a wee bit but not horribly so. Also, there is a love triangle (though I totally can see why she is attracted to both of the boys - yummy - I know ick ick kinda cougarish) which kinda irritates me but hey I am not the intended audience as I am old. Once again I want to mention the cover as it is truly perfect for the book (my copy even has the cover and chapter for the next book) This is a truly unique and imaginative take on the Wonderland tale. I am looking forward to what happens in the next, and hopefully only book, in the series (I am really tiring of trilogies because in most cases, the 2nd book is usually just lame filler. Favorite Quotes "We turn to find Morpheus standing there with enough rage in his black eyes to send the Devil packing for heaven." "It's okay that you have a little bad inside. So do I." You know, you should never trust a woman with green skin. Just ask any man who's had a hangover from absinthe." "Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible." 4 Dewey's I picked up a copy of this at Book Expo America 2013 based on the fabulous cover
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exceeded my expectations! Alyssa Victoria Gardner is a 16 year-old teenager from Pleasance, Texas, whose great-great-great-grandmother was Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa’s childhood has been far from perfect. Her mother, Alice, was admitted to a mental institution when she was just five years old. Her best friend is the older boy, Jebediah Holt, who lives in the attached side-by-side and whose father is an abusive alcoholic. Jeb has always been like a protective older brother to Alyssa, but she yearns to be more. Alice, whose family has a long history of mental illness, warned her daughter that the voices would start when she became a woman. Alyssa didn’t want to believe it at first, but she soon learned that she could hear the bugs and flowers. To shut out their incessant chatter, she always kept her earbuds in her ears and developed a macabre artistic sense. She would catch bugs, such as beetles or moths, and use their dead bodies to create artwork. During one visit to her mother, she hears her mother talking to an insect and is shocked to hear it talking back! She always ignored the voices and treated it like “white noise.” However, if both she and her mother are hearing the same thing, then what does that mean? Either she is crazy as well, or her mother isn’t crazy at all! Alyssa learns about the family curse that all Liddell women have been afflicted with and that the only way to break the curse is to go down the rabbit hole. Alyssa has to figure out how to do that to save her mother from being subjected to electroshock therapy. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this modern-day retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll’s classic is one of the more bizarre tales, and I was a little worried how a modern spin on such a unique story would fare. My worry was all for naught because Howard meshed the original story with her own fantastical thoughts and brought a different kind of flavour. She made it more dark and, if it’s possible, even more peculiar. I really liked where Howard went with the story, and I fell in love with the characters she created. Alyssa is a strong survivor, and I loved her father’s loyalty and devotion to her mother after so many years. It was so touching to see her parents’ love for one another, and it really was heart-warming as well to see Alyssa enjoy such a close relationship with her father. Jeb and also Morpheus, the moth who lures Alyssa to Wonderland, are both brooding contenders for Alyssa’s heart. Memorable quote: "No matter what happens, we'll find each other again, You're my lifeline. You always will be." - Jeb to Alyssa Overall, I really enjoyed Howard’s debut and look forward to reading more of her work! I was already a fan of narrator Rebecca Gibel, and this audiobook is an excellent showcase of her talent! She brought the story to life with her distinctive vocalizations, and this is definitely a piece of ear candy! I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just an "Okay" Read I know I'm a little late in finally getting to read my e-ARC of Splintered from the wonderful people at NetGalley but I suffer from the common affliction us book reviewers suffer from. Procrastination. But that's a topic for a different blog post. At the end of February I finally got around to reading Splintered the first novel in debut author A.G. Howard's Splintered series after having it on my TBR list since August! I was so excited to finally have time and be in the right mood to want to read the book with minimal distractions that I dove right in. The book started off on a really high note. I loved Alyssa's dark awkwardness that she uses to keep the talking insects at bay with. It reminded me of the awkwardness that we all experience to at least some degree as teenagers and that made me really like her. As Alyssa herself is narrating her story I loved her "voice". She was such a breath of fresh air, I mean how often does one come across a socially awkward character that isn't just hamming it up? Exactly. Not to often I'm afraid. However, as the story went on I became rather disheartened with Alyssa, the other characters of the book and the over all story line. What started out wonderfully went slowly downhill for me after about page 100. For me it was as though Alyssa had lost her way. I get that the whole Wonderland thing threw a big wrench in her plans and the fact that her mother is institutionalized put a lot of pressure on her but it was as though she completely threw caution to the wind and stopped using her mind and became a rash decision maker which really caught me off guard. I also had issues with the other characters in the novel. Alyssa was the only one I really liked in the whole book at the outset but as for the others I didn't care for any of them much at all. I especially had issues with Jeb. I hated his big brother attitude where he got int the way of Alyssa's life too much and couldn't really grasp his appeal because of all that. The characters in Wonderland while I didn't dislike them totally were very one dimensional and I get that the author was trying to interpret them in new and unique ways but to me they were a little over the top even for a place like Wonderland. I especially detested Morpheus, there's so much about him I don't like I honestly can't see the appeal of him he was such a jerk to Alyssa! The story line also caused me some problems. As I said it started off fantastic but about 100 pages in it sort of lost the easy going pace it had in the beginning and for me it came together in a bit of a jumbled mess that I had to piece together. Sometimes the story would move so quickly I would have to go back and re-read a chapter or two just to catch what I missed and a time or two I was left with no choice but to move on becoming more confused. There seemed to be a lot of filler in Splintered that I feel the book could have done without and it became way too rushed for my tastes and I wish things were a little more cohesive I think if things went together better I would have liked the book much more. Despite all that though I did like what the author intended to do. Alyssa started off with a lot of promise and while I thought she lost herself for a large part of the story I did like where she was at as a person in the end. I liked that the author wanted to be different and I understand that a first novel is very much about an author testing the waters of their audience so I can totally see book two being really good. There was action, a love triangle, a lot of fantasy and humour mixed into the story and while the recipe's measurement may have been a little off I can see the series being very successful even if I thought Splintered could have been better. Overall, the book was an okay read for me and I seem to be in the minority about this but let me say that the author's story telling has a lot of talent and this is just my opinion of the book. I do know people who would absolutely love this book and I will have no issues in recommending this book to them. If you enjoy young adult fantasy novels especially ones that are re-tellings of popular novels and fairy tales I would highly suggest checking this darker more updated tale of Wonderland out and I can't wait to read the second book in the series when it comes out. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
Date published: 2013-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful imagery THIS COVER!! Seriously. Before I say anything about the content of this book, scroll back up and just gawk at that cover. It’s so gorgeous. And in real life it’s so shiny! Honestly, it’s one of my favourite covers of all time. Just so eye-catching and colourful and it captures the mood of this story perfectly. Speaking of the mood - Splintered is just the right level of bizarre/insane to match the original. Part of the fun of Alice is that the story is just so surprising. There are things you would never expect and characters you’ll never see anywhere else. A G Howard expertly adopts all of the things (like the Chesire Cat, the caterpillar, the Tea Party, castle guards made of cards) and give them yet another bizarre twist, adding an extra crazy dimension on top of an already whirl wind of a story. I also loved that this wasn’t really a retelling – because we’ve seen a lot of those lately – but more of a spin-off. It builds off the original work rather than try to retell. This made me appreciate it more on its own rather than just think about how successful it was at capturing the original story. I’m not sure I can really give points for world building since it does take place in a pre-existing world but in lieu of that I want to give A G Howard ALL THE POINTS for gorgeous imagery. Wonderland and it’s inhabitants sprang up easily in my mind and the colours and costumes and everything was just gorgeous. A lot of books recently are getting turned into graphic novels (Blue Bloods, Vampire Academy etc) and I nominate this one be adapted next. If you’re a fan of romance there’s something here for you too. Though there’s no romance in the original times have changed and Alyssa is older than her great great great grandmother was when she arrived in Wonderland. Plus she’s brought a friend – Jeb. There are some steamy scenes in this book my friends. More than once it made me full-out blush on the subway. What happens is actually pretty tame, but the scenes themselves are so full of chemistry and tension…*sigh* That being said my feelings fluctuated on Jeb. Sometimes I loved him. Other times he annoyed me and I wanted him to let Ally think for herself. Even though she was more knowledgeable about the area and clearly an intelligent, independent thinker, he often treated her like a child that needed to be protected. Giant pet peeve of mine – male characters who think the female characters can’t take care of themselves. We’re not delicate flowers fellas! And if I’m feeling smothered on behalf of an imaginary character that’s not a good sign. Alyssa is a super spunky heroine and I quickly became very attached to her. Also I want ALL her outfits. She reminded me of Ramona from Scott Pilgrim. Both in looks and attitude. She’s unique and not afraid to show it. And on top of it all she’s dealing with all this Wonderland craziness but never stops thinking about her family. You have to respect her for that. I understood why Jeb would follow her down the rabbit hole. Recommendation: Splintered is a thrilling, bizarre tumble into the world of Wonderland. It’s not exactly how you remembered but you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time exploring it with Alyssa. Recommended for fans of Alice in Wonderland and other fairy tales. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I read Splintered several weeks ago, and I’ve been writing bits and pieces of my review without being able to complete it because I didn’t feel like I could do the book justice, no matter what I said. Quite simply, Splintered was brilliant. It’s not often that I call a book brilliant, but Splintered was brilliant. Not only was this one of my favourite books of 2012, it was one of my favourite books ever. It was enchanting, mesmerizing, sexy, disturbing, creepy, absorbing, twisted, funny, and beautiful. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me fall in love, it made me gasp out loud. It made me feel so many things, and often all at once. I absolutely loved Alyssa. It was her job to untangle the secrets of her family and its ties to Wonderland, and I thought she was strong, brave, genuine, independent, and relateable. Her actions and reactions were genuine, her voice authentic, and I absolutely adored her. I also loved the interactions between both Alyssa and Jeb and Alyssa and Morpheus. This was one love triangle I had absolutely no problem with, and while I thought both boys were super sexy, I was Team Jeb all the way. He was loyal, steady, and protective - everything Alyssa needed in her crazy, messed-up life - while Morpheus was dark and mysterious, seductive and dangerous. Alyssa shared a history with both of them, but she and Jeb shared more than that; they understood each other's emotional and physical scars. I’ve always been a fan of Wonderland in its many incarnations, but this could possibly be my favourite. Howard’s version of Wonderland is lush and vivid. I was right there with Alyssa, seeing it all, feeling it, tasting it, experiencing it. The way Howard took the well-known Alice story and turned it on its head, playing with little details to make them fit into the story was absolute genius, and made me more and more excited with each new revelation. Full of twists and turns, action, romance, and beautiful writing, Splintered is an unforgettable story that will grab you and never let go.
Date published: 2013-01-01