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.
I recently re-read this book and let me start out by saying it's A-Freaking-Mazing! This book is awesome and just look at that wickedly cool cover! I love the vivid colors, the artistic design, and the model has very unique and distinctive features. I first looked into reading this book because of the cover, and boy oh boy am I glad.
Do not be fooled into thinking that this is another retake on the Alice in Wonderland tale by Lewis Carroll… it isn't. Howard took Carroll's tale, fast forwarded a few generations later and told the story of that generation's entrance into wonderland. The reader learns while following the main character Alyssa (aka AL) that the original telling isn't too far from the truth but was much more sinister than the fairy tale makes us believe. This plot is so rich that I actually feel a stomach ache from the depth of it, almost as if I binged on too much chocolate cake but totally in a good way. I cannot express how awe inspiring Howard's book is, how complicated and well tied her storyline is delivered. Simply A-Freaking-Mazing!
As for the writing, yeah Howard knows a thing or two about writing. I always complain that series take way too long to end. Well here's me eating my words, I Do Not want Splintered to simply be a trilogy. Oh, Ms. Howard, tell me Splintered will be a long series, tell me you're just taking a little break, pretty please?
Howard's writing was so well done, pacing so smooth, details spot on, that I felt as if I was watching a movie (an Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton style but better movie) Obviously, there is no need to say that Howard's word building is perfection, or that the turn of phrases make my toes curl in pleasure. This book should obviously be optioned for a movie or television series. Again, pretty please?
As for the character's in Splintered. I have been BLOWN away. Howard really cooked her character's well. She's kneaded them, pounded them, and molded them into well-shaped piping hot confections of personality. Each had personal agendas that Howard never let you in on but did eventually explain. Each was shaped by their circumstances, most with extreme baggage that would weigh heavily on you or me, just as It did them. Al was a heroine to cheer for and I felt her anguish and frustration at her circumstances, while Jeb was a true knight in tarnished misguided armor, and Morpheus, oh Morpheus tickled me pink! It's hard to really do Howard's character's and supporting character's justice. They were all so colorful and well designed that I am in LOVE. Yes, madly in love with Howard, who is now one of my favorite authors and one I promise you should all keep an eye on.
Overall, I cannot truly express how fantastic Splintered is. If there was a virtual mountain top for me to shout its praises I would because yes, I loved the work that much. I highly suggest to anyone and everyone that they order a copy of this amazing novel and series. It's dark and unique, and a gem of an original that will wow the socks right off of you by the end of the book.
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