Unhinged (splintered Series #2): Splintered Book Two

by A. G. Howard

Harry N. Abrams | January 7, 2014 | Hardcover

Unhinged (splintered Series #2): Splintered Book Two is rated 4.66666666666667 out of 5 by 9.
 
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her to do what’s right? Readers will swoon over the satisfying return to Howard’s bold, sensual reimagining of Carroll’s classic.

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).

Praise for Unhinged
"I really enjoyed the first book of this series, but Unhinged cranks the Wonderland experience up to 11. It's just ... WOW! The last few scenes dangle Alyssa's next adventure with shockers enough that I found my jaw needing a bit of assistance in coming off the floor. Write quickly, A.G. Howard! I need that next book!"
--USA Today

"Howard excels in sensory and sensuous descriptions."
--Kirkus Reviews 

"As intense, dark, and weird as the first volume, this worthy sequel creates a parallel narrative that brings the action out of Wonderland and into Alyssa’s hometown."
--The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books

"A dark beauty fills the novel's pages, which will mesmerize teens with a taste for magic, romance or suspense. Unhinged lays the groundwork for a third book where anything could happen--it is Wonderland, after all."
--Shelf Awareness

Praise for Splintered:
STARRED REVIEW

"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."
Booklist

" 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."
BookPage

"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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1419709712

ISBN - 13: 9781419709715

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I love this whole series so far this book is a real page turner and must read for teens and young adults
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it :) All in all it was a good book. In a few areas it dragged a bit; but would than get action packed again.
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sequel to Splintered Woo! I made it to the second book. I honestly couldn't wait to read the second installment after I finished Splintered. And after two or three books I just couldn't put it off. Partly to see what how Alyssa was dealing after all the news she received at the end of Splintered. But mostly because I needed more Jebidiah in my life. I don't think I have ever felt such a strong connection (albeit mostly imaginative physical connection) with a character from a book before. But no matter the type of connection, a connection is still a connection. (Wow, that's a lot of connections) The Plot The story picks up with Alyssa in the human realm. After the events in Wonderland over the summer, she decides to live her life with her new boyfriend/best friend Jeb, graduate high school, and attend her school's prom. But unfortunaelty Morpheus won't allow that. Wonderland is in shambles and Queen Red is on the loose wreaking havoc. She wants her throne and kingdom back, but she needs Alyssa's body for that. Now Alyssa must struggle with the decision between the two parts of herself. Her human half that wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her quiet life with Jeb, and her netherling half that is yearning to get back to Wonderland and the throne. Morpheus doesn't just bring news of chaos in Wonderland, he also brings along secrets that get revealed. The past of her mother, Alison and the origins of her father, as well as more information about Wonderland and her destiny she never thought would have even possible. You have to read to find out what happens! You won't be disappointed. The Writing I find Howard's writing to be straight-foward and engrossing. Admittedly, it did take a while to get used to. The way the characters spoke, their customs, the elaborately descriptive way Howard paints the world of Wonderland and the human realm might be more labour intensive reading-wise than your usual YA book, but trust me. It goes together like PB & J. And I never joke about food. The Characters Lets see what I thought of the characters this time around starting off with our resident heroine and protagonist, Alyssa. Much was revealed in the last novel which sends her world upside down. Does she choose to stay human, or does she tap into her netherling side. So as the novel progresses we see her struggle with herself. She remains strong, courageous, and conflicted. With all that's thrown at her it amazed me she was able to stay sane. (For most of the book that is...hehe) page 173 (44%) "Shit's going down." Jeb, the hunky white knight. After having all his memories erased from the first novel, we get a fresh slate with this character. We get to focus more on how caring, and loving he is towards Alyssa. He is 100% devoted to only her and to see how that changes from one little mistake breaks my heart. (You'll have to read the book to find out) We also get to see a scary side of Jeb, one that is said to represent his father's personality. But no matter what Jeb will always have a place in my heart. Morpheus, the cunning and conniving netherling. I don't know if I could possibly hate him any more than after the first novel, but low and behold he manages to do it. For a guy who says he has immense feelings for Alyssa, he just keeps messing it up. And anyone who tries to get between Alyssa and Jeb is on my bad side. But aside from my personal problems with him, we do learn quite a lot about his character. He has pure devotion for his realm and would do anything to protect it from being destroyed by Red. Even if it means meddling in Alyssa's to get her to come fix the problem only she can fix. When he seems to mess up, he also finds a way to redeem himself. (Another thing that bugs me about him) No matter how much I hate him, I have to give him props for sticking up for his world and his dear friends. page 46 (11%) "Already causing trouble Morpheus??" page 70 (18%) "Sneaky bastard." page 91 (23%) "I hate clowns just as much as I hate Morpheus!" The last character I want to briefly talk about is Alison (Alyssa's Mom). We get to learn so much more about her past in this book that I believe it was worth mentioning. Even though we find out some incriminating things about her in this novel, it's the love she harbors for Alyssa's dad that I admire the most. I guess love is a powerful thing. Proving that love transcends even past admitting yourself into an asylum to protect the ones that are dear to you. I truly did admire Alison in this novel. I could probably go on and on, but I think you guys get the point. Unhinged lives up as the second installment in the Splintered Trilogy. It serves as a great bridge that will bring us to the end of the trilogy and it makes me even more excited to see how it all ends. In an ideal world I would love for Alyssa to save Wonderland and then live happily ever after with Jeb in the human world, but I know that's just wishful thinking and A.G. Howard most likely has secrets and twists up her sleeves that are going to leave me pulling out my hair. But that's what makes a great story. page 220 (56%) "So many unanswered questions.... need to find out the truth now!" So if you haven't started this trilogy yet, then I'm sorry but you failed to read my spoiler disclaimer and ruined the first book for yourself. But if you have read the first book then you need to hurry and read Unhinged today!! Stop stalling and get to reading!
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Well paced, eerie and creepy and magical. Can't wait for the next one
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved the second installment! Can not wait for the 3rd!!!
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unhinged Great character development compared to Splintered. I loved all the new plot twists and can't wait to see where the story goes and who Alyssa chooses.
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unhinged This was an amazing book! Alyssa has made her choice to stay in the human world instead of Wonderland, things are great with her and Jeb and after graduation they will be heading to London. But Morpheus has other plans. Red is plotting to take over Wonderland, and Morpheus needs Alyssa to fight for it. And if she doesn't go to Wonderland, Red will take the fight to her.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fit the story perfectly !!! Best book series ever !!!!! Cannot wait for the next one to come out !  
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YOU ENDED IT THERE?!? An amazing second book.. but the ending came too soon. I can't wait for the third book to resolve the issues left behind on this one.. a suspensful, addictive read that leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2014-01-16

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Unhinged (splintered Series #2): Splintered Book Two

Unhinged (splintered Series #2): Splintered Book Two

by A. G. Howard

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1419709712

ISBN - 13: 9781419709715

From the Publisher

 
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her to do what’s right? Readers will swoon over the satisfying return to Howard’s bold, sensual reimagining of Carroll’s classic.

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).

Praise for Unhinged
"I really enjoyed the first book of this series, but Unhinged cranks the Wonderland experience up to 11. It's just ... WOW! The last few scenes dangle Alyssa's next adventure with shockers enough that I found my jaw needing a bit of assistance in coming off the floor. Write quickly, A.G. Howard! I need that next book!"
--USA Today

"Howard excels in sensory and sensuous descriptions."
--Kirkus Reviews 

"As intense, dark, and weird as the first volume, this worthy sequel creates a parallel narrative that brings the action out of Wonderland and into Alyssa’s hometown."
--The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books

"A dark beauty fills the novel's pages, which will mesmerize teens with a taste for magic, romance or suspense. Unhinged lays the groundwork for a third book where anything could happen--it is Wonderland, after all."
--Shelf Awareness

Praise for Splintered:
STARRED REVIEW

"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."
Booklist

" 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."
BookPage

"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

About the Author

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 Amarillo, Texas.