Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Daisy's Mini-Review of Splintered by A.G. Howard

Title/Author: Splintered by A.G. Howard
Publisher/Date published: Amulet Books, January 1st 2013
How I got this book: bought it

Goodreads summary: 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.

I recently read Splintered and I just absolutely LOVED IT! For my full fangirling review of Splinter, go here. For now I'll just list 5 reasons why I can't stop gushing about it and why you should ALL READ IT:

-It's an Alice in Wonderland retelling, do you really need another reason to pick this up??

-It captured all the things I remember loving about Wonderland while managing to alter my perception of what happened in the original tale forever.

-Strong, quirky characters I found myself rooting for and I felt a little like I was saying goodbye to friends when I turned the last page. Alyssa is my kind of off-beat.

-THE BOYS, seriously, this was one love triangle I could fully get into! And A.G. Howard even had me rooting for the bad boy somewhat and that NEVER HAPPENS! I'm a good guy kinda girl through and through.

-Amazingly vivid writing that leaps off the page and just sucks you in until you turn the last page and all you want to do is READ IT AGAIN!

I could seriously go on and on but basically I'm saying: READ THIS BOOK! You will not regret it! The story is as stunning as the cover is!

My rating: 5 stars


  1. I have been hearing different reviews of this book. Thanks for your review.

  2. I'm so glad you loved it! I have it on hold at the library at the moment - just waiting for it to become available. I only recently read Alice in Wonderland (because I'm ridiculously behind the times!) so I'm really excited to read it with that still fresh in my mind. I really like the sound of it from your mini-review, thanks so much for sharing!

    Sarah @ TotalTeenFiction

  3. I've seen this around but wasn't sure if I should read it. Not all retellings are as good as they could be but with this kind of praise I'll have to check it out! Glad you liked it!

  4. I've had this on my TBR list for quite some time and though I've read many mixed reviews, I'm still excited for it. I think you said it best --- rich, vivid writing and altering your perception of the original Alice in Wonderland tale, makes it a MUST read. So glad you enjoyed it!

  5. I loved this so much! It did an excellent job capturing the disturbing reality of Wonderland. Great review!

  6. I loved it too! It was just amazing. The world building was phenomenal, and it's funny you say what you did about the love triangle, because I felt the same way. Usually I hate them, but it worked here. I'm so happy this book is getting tons of love, because it totally deserves it!

    Karis @ YA Litwit

  7. Awesome!! I'm really glad you enjoyed the book as it is on top of my stacks of books on my night stand. I guess I need to read it soon.
    Tammy @

  8. I loved Splintered it was such a great book! I am hoping that AG Howard writes a sequel!


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