"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."
Release Date: 1/1/13 - CONTEST BELOW!
Preorder HERE Now: http://www.amazon.com/Splintered-A-G-Howard/dp/1419704281
The best part about this book was hands down the writing and if the writing, the key component to any book, is considered the best part, then you know that it is a fantastic book!!
Splintered by A.G. Howard was just that!
In this modernized, yet still reminiscent sequel/reconstruction of Alice in Wonderland, the reader is introduced to Alyssa, a fun and fierce protag that holds her own through every page she is on.
I loved this book!
Alyssa is a dreadlocked, skateboarding heroine who has the kind of personality that you root for, despite her flaws, for these flaws only make her a more realistic and authentic character. Her narrative voice was very engaging and very believable. She was someone you could actually know and someone you would actually like. The one flaw that I did not care so much for was Al letting Jeb constantly defend her. Alyssa was strong, but her dependency on the boys in her life did get a little tiresome. Which leads me to . . .
The Love Triangle.
The inevitable entity that makes its way into most of YA fiction these days. While this Love Triangle was by no means absurd like so many other LTs it was something that I did not care for. I just don't like them, because despite all the other fantastical elements in this book or any 'fantasy' book, a Love Triangle is always the most unrealistic element.
Who has ever had two people in love with them at once, that you loved back as well???
But like I said, the LT in this book was not absurd, I just did not want it.
The writing in Splintered is smooth and wonderful, filled with atmospheric and noteworthy descriptive that fill your mind with vivid film-like imagery. It was very, very nice! Howard knows how to wonderfully transition between character motives to setting descriptors to action in a very natural way, that you will not want to stop reading!
While Splintered was not perfect, it was a refreshing YA venture and with it's twist and turns, the wonderful world building and the whimsical interpretations from the original tale, this is a truly great novel that will leave you, like it did me, hammering for more from A.G. Howard!!
Splintered gets 4.5 HEARTS OUT OF 5!!
Have you read Splintered!?
Leave Your Comments Below & ENTER THE CONTEST FOR A FREE ARC COPY OF SPLINTERED!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
"No story lives on unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." -- J.K. Rowling