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Also by this author: Unhinged, Ensnared
Publish Date: January 1, 2013
Source: Received from publisher for an honest review.
Blurb: For sixteen years, Alyssa Gardner has lived with the stigma of being descended from Alice Liddell—the real life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s famed novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But cruel jokes about dormice and tea parties can’t compare to the fact that Alyssa hears the whispers of bugs and flowers… the same quirk which sent her mother to a mental institution years before.
When her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong for Alyssa to bear, she seeks the origins of their family curse. A set of heirlooms and a moth tied to an unusual website lead Alyssa and her gorgeous best friend / secret crush, Jeb, down the rabbit hole into the real Wonderland, a place more twisted and eerie than Lewis Carroll ever let on.
There, creepy counterparts of the original fairytale crew reveal the purpose for Alyssa’s journey, and unless she fixes the things her great-great-great grandmother Alice put wrong, Wonderland will have her head.
I finished this book about a week ago. I do believe this is one of my faves of the year! I know it’s really early to claim that, but I couldn’t stop reading.
Howard had me entranced with Wonderland. It’s not all bubbly and bright like we know it to be. It’s dark, haunting, and strangely beautiful. The scenery is described in such great detail. We are given a vivid picture of the creatures and lands. It’s like being immersed into Wonderland.
Alyssa is a strong character. There were times I wanted to tell her to stop acting like a brat, but overall she handled herself well. She does what she thinks is right in order to help her family. Alyssa wants nothing more than to be a normal girl with a normal family. Being a descendant of Alice Liddell doesn’t make it very easy. Alyssa manages to stay strong and tries not to let people’s jabs at her affect her attitude. The only person who seems to keep her grounded is Jeb, her neighbor and best friend. Jeb is completely swoonworthy. He’s sweet and kind. The only problem he has is thinking Alyssa can’t take care of herself. He feels the need to act on her behalf, when he should sit back and see what answer she comes up with. The other main guy in Alyssa’s life is Morpheus. He’s absolutely devilish. He shows Alyssa how to get back to Wonderland, and leaves clues to help her on the journey. He’s not all hugs and kisses though, he’s got motives of his own. Usually I go straight for the bad boy, but I seriously couldn’t choose between Jeb & Morpheus. They both have their faults and strengths. I’ll leave the choosing to you.
The story line was fast paced, and leaves you wanting more. There is constantly some situation that Alyssa needs to get out of. You never know where the story is going to lead you. The Lewis Carroll version is a map, of sorts, but you come to expect the unexpected.
Splintered is a unique retelling. If you love Alice in Wonderland, you must give this story a try!