Splintered

Splintered

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By (author) A. G. Howard

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  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 25mm | 392g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1419706276
  • ISBN 13: 9781419706271
  • Sales rank: 10,614

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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, Alyssa learns that she's not mad but she must find the origins of a secret family curse. A series of clues leads her through a cracked mirror into the real Wonderland, a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There she must 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 all of his own. A high-concept romantic YA with huge potential.

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Anita Grace Howard is a writer and a library clerk at a middle school. Splintered is her first novel.

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By Kate @ Fictional Thoughts 28 Apr 2014 4

The females in Alyssa Gardner's family line are cursed. It's been this way ever since Alyssa's great-great-great-grandmother Alice Liddell went down the rabbit hole. Alice's adventures may have inspired Lewis Carroll's classic novel but it also caused strangeness and mental instability for every female born to Alice's family line ever since.

Alyssa knows about Alice and knows that the only way to save her mother from the madness that plagues her is to go to Wonderland. But getting there isn't the hard part. Her long time best friend Jeb is along for the ride and together they learn that Wonderland isn't quite as wonderful as Carroll may have portrayed it.

I've read a few Alice in Wonderland modern adaptations but Splintered is my favourite so far. AG Howard has taken elements of the original story and built upon it wonderfully. It has all the charm of the classic novel but gives it a dark and creepy vibe which really works.

Alyssa is a great character to drive this adventure. Her greatest fear is becoming like her mother - unable to care for herself and a danger to others - but when it comes down to it, Alyssa is willing to do anything and everything to save her. She's brave and resourceful - but that's not to say she doesn't have her flaws. The way of life in Wonderland is confusing and Alyssa has to try to cope with all it throws at her but she manages to do so whilst remaining entertaining and with attitude. Her relationships are great to read. The fragile mother daughter bond, the way she is with her devoted father, and then there's the love triangle between Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus. I'm not a fan of love triangles but this book gets it right. Neither guy is perfect, each with their own issues and problems, but as a reader I could understand why she may choose to go either way. This is a book which keeps you guessing but in the right kind of way.

You don't need to be familiar with the traditional story of Alice in Wonderland to fully appreciate what AG Howard has done with Splintered. But for those who know the classic book - I think you'll admire just how the author has interpreted it and made it her own. It's warped and is utter madness but done in such a way where the mad and odd make sense within the world in which it is set.

Rival queens, creepy rabbits, moths and giant flowers - Splintered combines the classic story with new twists and delivers a page turner I couldn't help but enjoy.

By Kirstie Horton 05 Mar 2014 5

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 Jessica 18 Mar 2013 4

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 Kate 23 Sep 2012 5

Splintered. 5 of 5 star rating. No review.