Publication Date: January 1st, 2013
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 suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Wow. I just realized, this is a series, and a new one at that! I guess I'll just have to wait for Unhinged to come out. I love the cover so much!!!! Morpheus!!! Okay, I should probably start the review shouldn't I?
First off, Splintered was amazingly beautiful, it made me want to cry then laugh then throw the book across the room. I loved it sooo much! I was expecting it to be an amateur book, nothing special. I was so wrong. It was magical, spell-binding, mesmerizing, heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, and the most wild ride of a life time!
Alyssa was a strong character, but at times I felt as if she were too much of a damsel in distress kind of character. At other times when Jeb or Morpheus weren't around she could take care of herself just fine. When she was around them, she was like a desperate preppy girl, only at times! I still loved the love triangle even if it's so cliche. I knew that Morpheus obviously wasn't going to end up with her even though I know he wanted to. Morpheus always gets his way, but not with Alyssa.
I also really liked how Alyssa's mom was also a big part of this and her condition that was explained at the end of the book. She really gave some background information surrounding Alyssa's family's history. All she wanted to do was protect Alyssa and Alyssa ended up protecting herself and her mom.
I really liked how A.G. Howard reinvented Wonderland. Her idea for the Hatter was really clever, even though it was super creepy. It was creative. Speaking of creativity, I thought that the way she continued the story of Alice and all that happened to her. Really, truly, fabulous ingenuity.
Lastly, I really, really liked Jeb. He's so sweet and caring and protective of Alyssa and I thought he was very smart for dumping his preppy girlfriend just so he could be with Alyssa. So adorably cliche, but I like cliche. Overall, this book was truly amazing, so with that...