Unhinged by A.G. Howard Review

Unhinged by A.G. Howard
Title: Unhinged (Splintered #2)
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA Retelling
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: Jan. 06, 2015
Pages: 416
Rating:
Four Stars
Favorite Quote:

“Little blossom trapped in between, wearing malice like a queen;
hide the truth, be cruel and tart,
still all the more, you rule my heart.”

 

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Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.
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Splintered by A.G. Howard

Splintered by A.G. Howard
Title: Splintered (Splintered #1)
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Retelling (Alice in Wonderland)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: Feb. 18, 2014
Pages: 400
Rating:
Five Stars
Favorite Quote:

“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.” – A.G. Howard, Splintered

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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.

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Oh. My. Goodness. This book was amazing! I can’t get enough, in fact the second book Unhinged should be landing on my doorstep sometime with the next three hours. (Thank you Amazon Prime!) I haven’t read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and I don’t think I will after reading Splintered. I LOVE how morbid and dark it is. I love every character and the dimension they add to the story. Alyssa went through so much both emotionally and physically to save her mother and the generations to come. At the beginning and middle of the story I was shipping Alyssa and Jeb, but towards the end I couldn’t get enough of Morpheus. Sure he has his flaws, but damn is he sexy. If you like Fairy-Tale retellings, Alice in Wonderland, or anything gothic pick this up! Highly recommended.

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