Splintered by A.G. Howard
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Goodreads Summary: 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.
I’m going to try to form my thoughts into coherent words because right now all I can think is wow! This book, in my opinion, cannot be any more perfect! I was expecting to like it but I wasn’t expecting this. It was different than I thought it was going to be but in a good way because it was like a twisted Wonderland, which I loved! It’s impossible for me to point out all the things I liked about this book because there wasn’t anything I disliked. I would be here all day if I tried to explain! I’m rambling now so I’m going to move on!
This part was on page 8 and it made me realize that I was going to love this book.
“The card army appears. Within an instant, I am surrounded. I toss out the sword blindly, but the Queen of Hearts steps forward and snatches it in midair. Falling to my knees at the army’s feet, I plead for my life. It’s pointless. Cards don’t have ears. And I no longer have a head.”
I loved Alyssa because she was a tough female character who could think for herself. Everytime Jeb called her skater girl, I thought of the song Skater Boy by Avril Lavigne. (I’m probably the only weirdo who had that problem…why did I even admit that?) Doesn’t this next picture look like it could be Jeb and Alyssa?
For the longest time throughout this book, I pictured Morpheus as Johnny Depp (mad hatter, orange wig, and everything) and then I got curious and decided to look on google to see what other people thought he looked like. Now I’m thinking…okay…I like this Morpheus! Lol 🙂
I loved Jeb’s loyalty to Alyssa, even at the end, when he didn’t remember Wonderland. I could picture either of these guys as Jeb.
“White ones,” I whisper, eyes filling with tears. His eyebrows pinch in concern. “Please, don’t cry. If you don’t like white roses, I’ll paint them red for you.” “No, never do that.”
I loved that part because he has no clue what that phrase means to her!
At first, I was team Jeb. Then, I was team Morpheus. Now, I don’t know what to feel! Basically, if you haven’t read this book, you definitely should. 🙂 You’re missing out on an amazing story! I could not be more in love with it!
I can’t wait to read Unhinged, which comes out January 7th. Add Unhinged on Goodreads.
*Credit to the owners of these pictures.