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Short Description for Splintered Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers, precisely the problem that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. Surely, she tells herself, it has nothing to do with the fact that she is directly descended from Alice Liddell, the real life inspiration for Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. But when her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong to bear,...
- Published: 15 January 2013
- Format: Paperback 400 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781419706271 ISBN 10: 1419706276
- Sales rank: 7,263
Reviews for Splintered
This book is absolutely incredible. It's impossible to not fall in love with every single detail of it, especially it's quirky twists and intriguing characters that are never what they seem. I couldn't get enough of the storyline! What an incredible take on the original Alice in Wonderland!!! The characters seem so real and perfect in each of their own disturbing and broken ways. In short, this book is some pure and crazy food to feed the imagination. It's addictive.
Jeb, Alyssa and Morpheus are the awesome trio that make this tale come to life. They're like those pieces in a jigsaw that go together even though they look like they belong on opposite sides of the picture, and take forever to arrange in a way that makes them fit together - you'll spend the entire novel trying to do so, but only once all the other pieces fall in place will you slot them in (and then go, ohh yep, it was always going to be that). Let's just start with the fact that I really did not see that twist coming. Wowzer. The creation of Wonderland was so incredible. I completely and utterly lost myself in its world, everything seemed so real, I just wanted to throw my belief and understanding of reality in the air and leave it there whilst I jumped right through the rabbit hole after Alyssa and embrace the world that awaited there.
Jeb is this ridiculously gorgeous hero who you could just hug for an eternity because you love him so much. He's so ridiculously perfect whilst having his own dash of dysfunctional quirks, that I'm just forever swooning every time I think of him. Sighh. He treats Alyssa like a princess and his protectiveness of her is to die for. Seriously, I swear every fifth page he's slamming Morpheus up against a wall and beating him to a pulp. It's great. Where can I buy one of these men!?
Alyssa is a wonderful heroine who is so capable of running this story by herself. I'm so happy that she turns out to be independent and resourceful, oh and that wickedly seductive side of her is great. The Hatter's Tea Party is definitely one of the highlights of this book. Teehee. She's just such a solid character, trapped between to very head strong lads who are both extremely adorable when their jealousy comes out to play. Everything about her character is relatable and empowering and her feisty side that lashes out when she's pissed is wonderful. Look out for the moment when she punches Jeb's back and hurts her hand, it's totally adorable (you've got to admit, you've always wanted to be her, slung over a handsome guy's shoulder whilst pounding his back, don't deny it).
Morpheus is this irresistible dare devil who I was never sure if I liked or not. It's not until the very last chapter that I made my mind up about how I felt about him. I always felt like he was this seductive charmer who was using Alyssa. And then I convinced myself otherwise. And then I'd change my mind again, and again and AH. I just gave up and went with he flow, accepting that he was gorgeous, but refusing to admit it to myself, just I case he morphed into a dragon . . . or something. Anyway! He really is quite great and the story would not be the same without his added cheek and attitude. I mean, who knew wings could be so attractive?
Splintered is just absolutely amazing, I can't express enough how much you need to go and read this book. Seriously, go now. Go and steal a copy if you must, go ahead and fall in love with every single character, go and leap into this world and have an absolutely amazing journey as you contemplate just how amazing this book is as it questions every single thing you hold to be true about the story of Alice in Wonderland. Go and read one of the most spectacular displays of imagination captured on a collection of pages, as worlds are created and rewritten, without changing a single detail about the original. Go now and read this book. Or you're missing out. by Kirstie Horton
- Top review
Whimsical and Fun
I came across this book by chance and to be honest, wasn't very keen on the story line at first impression but decided to read it any way.
I do not regret that choice. If you enjoy fantasy/adventure or magical novels, this book is the right choice, though fair warning, if you are expecting a pony-land kind of fantasy book, this is not for you. This book treads lightly on a darker level of fantasy and magic.
Although at some parts while Alyssa is in wonderland, the descriptions do seem a bit tedious to read, it was great nevertheless. Love the way A.G. Howard linked so many things, especially the family history etc back to the original Alice. Very creative and fun! Would def recommend this to the adventurous, curious minds. by Jessica
Splintered. 5 of 5 star rating. No review. by Kate