Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Splintered #1 Splintered

I'm way late (almost 20 books) behind on my reviews..... DO BEAR WITH ME. Presenting Splintered #1 Splintered by A.G. Howard.

Here is the summary of the book:

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.


Curiouser and Curiouser. Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland is a classic whose premise had always been of the trippy. With the modern surge in the publishing of re-telling and re-imaging. The rules of Wonderland have become even more bendy (ya that's me using words out of context here *sweat-drop*). And they work as well. Showalter's Alice in Zombieland series was my personal favorite and 'Splintered', while I took some time getting into the narrative but it somehow manages to take us by storm.

The core basics of the story while stay the same. The protagonist goes down the rabbit hole and has her adventure there..... Well ....... I didn't read the original. But i did every other re-telling of this tale I ever got to read. In a way Splintered is closest to the original. Alyssa Gardner is a descendant of the original Alice Liddell and must do everything she can to keep it together. Not hear the whispers that got her mom landed in the mental hospital. And somehow find the cure to the curse that had been upon her family. Somehow all the while not be enticed by the sexy and rather suspicious Morpheus.

This Wonderland is dark, gritty and very very trippy. As such adding the past Alyssa has a rather hard time differentiating what was real and what was not. Jeb, I just felt bad for him. He may have just been trying to help but well situation did not seem to favor him. Howard's narratives throughout the book while felt a little hard to get into but it bent and broke and twisted us in unexpected ways and by the end of the book i was more than enough invested in the future of these characters. And with the cover this beautiful ...... well I was sold.

"A dark and alluring take on Wonderland"

Genre :     Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Amulet Books

Release Date: 1st January, 2013

My Copy: bought (paperback)

Rate:             4/5 (Really Liked It)

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