Friday, 30 November 2012

ARC Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Author: A.G. Howard
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy
Publisher: Amulet Books
Amazon: Splintered
Release Date: 1st January 2013


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.

Review: 5 out of 5 Stars

Every once in a while a book comes along and leaves me absolutely mesmerized; Splintered is a book which kept me up until all hours and left me thinking about it long after I had finished it – a sign to me of amazing storytelling & how gorgeous is the stunning cover!

Alyssa is the great, great, great grand daughter of Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and hears the small whispers of bugs and flowers; thinking this is a sign of madness and that she is starting to take after her institutionalized mother, she soon learns that the stories about her family’s history is actually a shocking reality.

I loved the voice of Alyssa; she was realistic, devoted, curious and really sweet. I loved the way she cared about her parents and best friend Jeb. Her task was to complete a series of tests in the Under-land to fix Alice’s mistakes in the hopes of breaking the family curse.

Splintered was an engrossing read with amazingly vivid details, the intricate plot and the Alice in Wonderland tidbits were fascinating, it’s one of my most favorite tales and Howard certainly did it justice.

I adored each of the characters; Alyssa’s strength, Jeb’s devotion and loyalty and netherling Morpheous’s mystery. We have a bit of a love triangle between Jeb and Morpheous, both boys were intriguing but I had a clear choice from the very beginning.

The world Howard has created is filled with darkness and fraught with danger; once Alyssa stepped down that rabbit hole there was no turning back and the journey she took throughout in order to break the curse was filled with many surprises, twists and turns (one which completely blew me away) and extremely unusual creatures; it was enthralling.

Howard’s writing is simply stunning! The wonderful story she has created is pure brilliance and filled with imagery that takes you into the story. I am definitely eager to read more books by this author.


  1. I've been wondering about this for a while - the cover is amazing so it's good to know the story lives up to it. The fact that it kept you reading for hours is a bonus, too!

  2. I can't wait to read this now! I have it for review later on and I always worry about setting my expectations too high. I was so intrigued by the Alice in Wonderland connection that I had to ask for it - I love that it didn't fall flat for you. :) Great review!

  3. Wow..i thought this was going to be fluff and passed on it..this sounds really good and I love that it mesmerized you.

  4. I keep hearing wonderful things about this book! I haven't read an Alice in Wonderland retelling, and this one certainly sounds great. The plot itself seems really intriguing! It sounds like Howard did a good job with world-building, character, and everything else--yay! Awesome review, Sharon. :)


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