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Unhinged

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Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school. That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn't show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland-where she (partly) belongs. Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her to do what's right? Readers will swoon over the satisfying return to Howard's bold, sensual reimagining of Carroll's classic. Read all the books in the New York Times bestselling Splintered series: Splintered (Book 1), Unhinged (Book 2), Ensnared (Book 3), and Untamed (The Companion Novel). Get books 1 through 3 in the Splintered boxed set, available now!Praise for Unhinged "I really enjoyed the first book of this series, but Unhinged cranks the Wonderland experience up to 11. It's just ... WOW! The last few scenes dangle Alyssa's next adventure with shockers enough that I found my jaw needing a bit of assistance in coming off the floor. Write quickly, A.G. Howard! I need that next book!" --USA Today "Howard excels in sensory and sensuous descriptions." --Kirkus Reviews "As intense, dark, and weird as the first volume, this worthy sequel creates a parallel narrative that brings the action out of Wonderland and into Alyssa's hometown." --The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books "A dark beauty fills the novel's pages, which will mesmerize teens with a taste for magic, romance or suspense. Unhinged lays the groundwork for a third book where anything could happen--it is Wonderland, after all." --Shelf AwarenessPraise for Splintered:STARRED REVIEW "Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll's Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton's), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale." -USA Today "Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising - a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,'' with a deep bow toward Tim Burton's 2010 film version." -The Boston Globe "It's a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children's fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original." -Booklist " Protagonist Alyssa...is an original. Howard's visual imagination is superior. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole." -Publishers Weekly "While readers will delight in such recognizable scenes as Alyssa drinking from a bottle to shrink, the richly detailed scenes that stray from the original will entice the imagination. These adventures are indeed wonderful." -BookPage "Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..." -Kirkus Reviews "Wonderland is filled with much that is not as wonderful as might be expected, and yet, it is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her true nature. The cover with its swirling tendrils and insects surrounding Alyssa will surely attract teen readers who will not disappointed with this magical, edgy tale." -Reading Today Online "Creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance." -School Library Journal
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 151 x 215 x 32mm | 530g
  • Amulet Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1419709712
  • 9781419709715
  • 88,716

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"I highly recommend this series to you all. Take a tumble down the dark brightly coloured rabbit hole, play with devious and alluring Wonderland creatures and put your mind to the test and see if you want to resurface from this read." Big Book Little Book Blog "The perfect continuation from Splintered, Unhinged was madness and crazy combined into a pocket of badassery encased with gruesome creatures and magic. Suspense and a cliff-hanger that'll leave you wanting Ensnared the minute you finish reading, Wonderland really was only the beginning." Studioreads Blog
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About A. G. Howard

Anita Grace Howard was a library clerk at a middle school when she wrote Splintered, her first novel. She lives in Amarillo, TX.
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Rating details

19,093 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 48% (9,247)
4 33% (6,215)
3 15% (2,786)
2 3% (650)
1 1% (195)

Our customer reviews

My Thoughts: Oh how I completely fell in love with this book, just like I did book one, Splintered! In fact, I think I might have a girl crush on A.G. Howard for creating such a wickedly delightful read. (I wanted to say "bromance" but we aren't dudes soooo....) I really think that Howard has become one of my favorite new authors that will probably stick with me for a long time! Besides the story being just freaking awesome the book covers are absolutely gorgeous! They are so colorful and full of all the wonderful and treacherous things we expect from Wonderland. And of course, who is on the cover?? Oh yeah baby...MORPHEUS!!!! So I guess you can tell that Morpheus is one of my favorite characters in this series. Yes, I like the other people too but just not as much. And as I read the story, whenever Morpheus talks Johnny Depp always pops into my mind. Especially when Morpheus says "luv". Oh how I love when he says "luv"! Okay, I know I am fangirling on him so bad but I just can't help it. Morpheus rocks! But I should try to do more of a professional review here(although when the sexy cowboy hat wearing, moth loving Morpheus is around....) so here I go. The plot of Unhinged picks up around where Splintered leaves off, give or take some time. Alyssa is trying to deal with her Wonderland side, while still having her memories whereas Jeb's are missing. I really liked how Howard took the division between Alyssa and brought it out in the story, showing us how we feel on the inside can ultimately change things on the outside as well. Alyssa is really fighting through her emotions and I loved that she came to some serious conclusions about Morpheus, that I personally already knew. Or at least suspected. Alyssa is a pretty intense character. I loved that she is this punk -goth teenager, loves skateboarding, and isn't your typical damsel in distress. She is still beautiful, still strong, and still fragile. Howard really takes society's ideas on what a female character should be and turns it on its head. She gives us this tough as nails chic who isn't afraid to get dirty, break nails, and kick ass. I love it! Then there is Jeb. Yes, I love Jeb too. In many ways, I see similarities between him and Morpheus. Jeb is like the human Morpheus? Just in some ways. Obviously, he adores Alyssa and that unfailing loyalty to her is something that really stands out for me. No matter what, Jeb is always going to be watching out for her, making sure she survives. That is honorable. Again, I love how Howard molded Jeb's character. She stuck with the tough skater boy exterior, but showed us that there is so much more to a person than just the image. Jeb is an important character in the story, even where Wonderland is concerned and I think if he could accept it more I believe he would understand its allure. Perhaps, understand Alyssa even more. I adore all the Wonderland characters and creatures that we get to see in this book. I love how A.G. Howard took Lewis Carroll's classic, and built upon it, by using the different creatures we meet and giving them more of a macabre sense to them. From the demented toys to the evil tulgey wood, Unhinged shows us Wonderland in all of its grotesque beauty, appealing to our darker sides. Oh, and let me just say I hated the clown!! Clowns are evil makeup laden people that you never know what they are really thinking. So not a clown fan! {No offense to people that dress up like clowns-just not a clown person here} There is a substantial love triangle involved, as I am sure you can already guess. But our wonderful author takes it to another level which makes it even harder to wait for the next installment. Can't I just have the future right now??!!? Unhinged just left me completely breathless as I delved deeper into the chaos that surrounds Wonderland. The story was written phenomenally well presenting us with a well rounded look that even among the chaos and wildness, there is a certain code that needs to be followed to keep Wonderland where it belongs. There is so much that happens in this book; it seemed like a never ending roller coaster ride for your emotions. The ending will blow your mind and have you laughing then tearing up all at the same time! I was thoroughly satisfied with Unhinged and I cannot wait until Book 3 comes out. I think I might go mad waiting....show more
by Amy Sanders
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