Series: Splintered #1
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.
Splintered was just the way I like my Fairy Tales and classic stories .. TWISTED! This story is not so much a retelling as it is a Continuation of the original. I don’t want to giveaway all the craziness that goes on in Splintered, but let’s just say that for me? I would describe it as.. a continuation of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.. on Drugs. Freaking Brilliant. It’s dark and quirky with vibrant colors and amazing descriptions. Romance and Angst, love and hate, life and death. As Brittany mentions, there is a love triangle, but it’s not flat and boring. There are real reasons behind the appeal of both boys, both of them have their high points AND both have their faults. It really is hard to pick a favorite even as a reader! I could not get enough! A.G. Howard has gained a bookworm fangirl in me!
Splintered is probably one of my favorite Alice retellings. I think A.G. Howard brilliantly crafts a story that is vibrant, twisted, and unique! I loved that Alyssa is a skater girl! Of course, there is a love triangle! What is a YA story without a love triangle! I also agree with Michelle it is very much like Tim Burton’s movie adaptation! Loved everything about it! Can’t wait for the next!