Book Review: Splintered by A.G Howard

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The end paper
Title: Splintered
Author: A.G Howard
E-book, 287 pages
Published: January 1st, 2013
Publisher: Amulet books
4/5 stars


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.


Alyssa Gardner is the descendants of Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. For years, generations of women in the Liddell family (since Alice) has gone insane. Even Alyssa's mom is in the asylum. And Alyssa is next.

When a visit to her mother had gone wrong, Alyssa found out that wonderland is real which mean the curse is also real. The only way to stop the curse is to fix the mess Alice left behind in wonderland. 

With her long time mortal crush Jeb and her dark netherling guide Morpheus, Alyssa must travel to wonderland and fix Alice mess. But what if the real Wonderland really different from Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's book? What if the real Wonderland is a dark and twisted place?

Splintered is, hands down, one of the best fairytale retellings ever. Splintered takes us down the rabbit hole, into a dark, magical, disturbing Wonderland, a totally different Wonderland from the one we know, but still feels familiar. The description is really detailed and vivid, that I could imagine myself in the twisted Wonderland.

Overall, this is one of the best books I read in 2014. This book could be a stand-alone, but instead A.G Howard decided to make it a trilogy. The second book, Unhinged, is already out. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a book that's different and unique, and if you're a fan of dark-gothic novel.

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