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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review: Splintered

Title: Splintered
Series: Stand-Alone
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy
Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Book: ARC sent by publisher

"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."

This has got to be one of the best book I have read in 2013. It's told in such powerful way, I want nothing more than to read it over and over again!

 There are certain elements in this book that keeps me at the edge of my seat. One of them being in Wonderland itself. I've always adore the classic, Alice In Wonderland and the real story behind it. To bring a story like this and re-tale it is amazing. I literally sat amazed at the story, my eyes locked on every word soaking it all in. The way it moved at a pace where the reader not only understood but followed the white rabbit down the hole, I didn't think I ever come out.

The love interest in the story is another element that I adored. A best friend and love overlooked, these two characters have bonded over a long time. Faced with trouble, their feelings finally come out and I can't help but swoon. Seriously, I smiled like the Cheshire cat, giggled like a teenage girl, and sighed. I love that there love was not an insta-love but a love built over time. Even when bad things came out and the story was over, their love is still fresh and fierce. That is the way all love interest should be.

Overall, Splintered is a tale like no other. Written beautifully that it captures every readers heart, you want this book on your shelf. For much of the story, the hunt to break the curse entrances the reader to keep reading, to find the key! A riveting tale, Splintered is fan-freaking-tastic!

 I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. OH MY GOD! I cannot wait to read Splintered! I've only heard amazing things about it and I'm so looking forward to stepping into Wonderland! SO glad you enjoyed it!
    Fab review! :D

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  2. Love your Valentine's theme!
    I really enjoyed this one too. I thought it did a great job of taking the original and spinning it into something cool and unique!

  3. Awesome review!! The Valentine's look is so cute on your blog!! I really enjoyed this story too and I thought that the romance was perfect!

  4. I definitely need to read this, you're the second person I've seen who said they would re-read this and that says a lot. Wonderful review! :-)

  5. AGREED! I loved this one and it is still one of my favorites so far this year too (even though I actually read it back in Oct or Nov I think.) It's going to take a lot to knock this one off the top of the mountain for me! I LOVED this one! First of all I love Alice stories, but then the whole twisted and damaged girl story along with the Fey mixed in just made it AMAZING! I can't wait to get this one on my shelves since mine was from NetGalley!

  6. oh wow we are on opposite spectrums for this one. I honestly did not enjoy it at all, but what I agree on is the love-interest, I love it when it is a friend. so cute.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf


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