Thu, March 14, 2013

Splintered by A.G. Howard Review

Splintered book cover

Splintered book cover

Splintered
By A.G. Howard
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2013
Amulet Books, 371 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Splintered by A.G. Howard was trippy, dark and weird…everything you’d expect from an Alice in Wonderland spin-off, really. Fans of those type of stories will likely find this fresh, modern and darkly fun. It actually reminded me of Nevermore by Kelly Creagh in that it was a little punk, a lot emo, very dark and twisty.

Was it a win for me? No, but that’s just because, well, I’m not really into this type of novel. I like bright stories! But I’m glad I tried something different and I’m sharing it with you all because I think it would appeal to many of you. Just not my thing!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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6 Comments

  1. DannyBookworm said:

    Weird is definitely what I expected… It fits to the cover, which for some reason creeps me out a litte: )

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  2. Princess Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence said:

    *sigh* So many people keep reacting to it in a mildly enthused to much much less than enthusiastic way. I really hope that when I FINALLY get around to it, I’ll find enough to appreciate about it.

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  3. Annie said:

    This sounds really weird, but I think I’d enjoy it! I need some dark, mysterious and weird in my reading right now! 🙂

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  4. Jen said:

    OH, see.. I loved Nevermore. So maybe I’ll love this? I do love my emo books, after all 🙂

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  5. JennRenee said:

    I am going to be listening to this one soon and I am a bit nervous about it. I hope I like a bit more than you. great review.

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  6. Effie said:

    I love Nevermore but Splintered never reminded me that. Yes it is dark and twisted and I have to say even though I like stories like that now and then, I found it extremely hard to get into at the beginning.
    The covers though are gorgeously creepy.

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