Sunday, September 15, 2019

Book Review: Splintered

Title - Splintered
Author - A.G. Howard 
Series - Spintered #1 
Genre - Young Adult Retelling
Format - Hardcover
Pages - 371
Published - January 1st 2013
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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.

Opening line
I've been collecting bugs since I was ten; it's the only way I can stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the gut of an insect shuts it up pretty quick. 

Alyssa's life has been far from easy growing up knowing that she's descendant of The Alice from that classic Lewis Carrol story. She knows it's only a matter of time before she goes mad just like all the other women in her family have. Alyssa has watched her mom go mad and after a recent episode, it looks like the only option to help her mom is electric shock therapy. Alyssa knows that if her mom has electric shock therapy she will never be the same and one day she will be in her shoes. The only hope for her mom is to venture down the rabbit hole and figure out how to break the curse. 

With no time to wait Alyssa takes off on an adventure that will change her life forever. Little did she know when she jumped down the rabbit hole it would be dragging Jeb her neighbor and crush with her. Forced to work together to fix what was put wrong by the original Alice is the only way that they will make it home. Together they will challenge risking it all life and limb to get out alive.

I've had Splintered on my TBR list forever after all I pre-ordered it when it came out so it's been on my pile for a while. At first, I was waiting for the series to be completed as I knew that I would gobble them up one after another. I am after all an Alice in Wonderland addict. Splintered just happened to fit a reading challenge so it was a perfect time to dive into the story. 

I really liked Alyssa right from the start I found her easy to connect she's unique which I found refreshing. She may be a descendant of The Alice but she's as different as she can get. I wasn't sure at first about Jeb her love interest but the more we got to know him the more I liked him. I wanted to dislike Morpheus but he has this charm about him. The concept for Splintered was captivating it has the classic charm with a modern spin. I truly enjoyed each page and found it hard to put down. I ended up devouring most of it in one afternoon. I loved every page and can't wait to read the rest of the series and see what happens in wonderland. 

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