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Monday, March 23, 2015

YA Book Review: Ensnared by A.G. Howard

This is the third installment of the Splintered Series by AG Howard.  
 ***WARNING: This review does have some spoilers to the other books in the series. 
 If you want to see Jesse’s review of these books, click here and here. ***

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ -   (4 out of 5)

“My precious Alyssa, share reality with me. Give me forever. We will wreak such beautiful havoc together.”

  Ensnared by A.G. Howard is the final installment in the Splintered trilogy. I picked this book up as soon as it came out and didn't really want to read it right away. The reason being that I didn't want the story to end. I have such a love hate relationship with this series, but I was sad that it was coming to end. A beautiful ending I might add! Without further adieu, lets get started.

The Plot
Ensnared picks up a month after the events of Unhinged. Alyssa must save her mother from Wonderland, and Jeb and Morpheus from Anyelsewhere. She believes everything is her fault for not accepting her responsibilities from the beginning, and decides to do everything in her power to rid the world of Red and her tyranny on her life. 

The plot thickens as she must decide what she is going to do once Wonderland and the human realm are safe again. Will she live her human life with her white knight Jeb, or fulfill her destiny as Queen of the Red Kingdom in Wonderland with the mischief maker Morpheus? Such tough decisions were made and an amazing ending was created to complete a fantastic trilogy.

The Writing
A.G Howard never disappoints with her writing. She had a lot to live up to by continuing the classic fairytale by Lewis Caroll. She was able to take the world he created and put a new spin on it. She brought all of Wonderland and its inhabitants to life with her writing which was probably a very difficult task.

A.G. Howard expanded on the Wonderland world and created her own worlds unique to her creative writing style. With influences from Lewis Caroll, and Tim Burton, she carved a path for our imaginations to take and experience an amazing story that we will never forget.

The Characters
Alyssa, the Queen of the Red Kingdom. What more can I say about our resident heroine? She had tough decisions to make this time around. She becomes selfless in order to save the ones she loves the most in life. She sacrifices everything in her power to do what she thinks is right in end. She truly proves she is ready to be the Queen she is destined to be. For a heroine of the trilogy, she never let me down because I knew she would make the right decision in the end. I am very happy with her character development, and I have no complaints at all.

Jeb, the human love. My all time favorite book boyfriend. I fell in love with his character from the very beginning, and he never disappointed me. He embodied the white knight perfectly with his bravery, self sacrifices, and undying love for Alyssa. He proves to Alyssa time and time again that he would do anything for her and it was remarkable. Even though his heart got broken several times due to Morpheus's schemes, he stayed true to Alyssa and her decisions. He developed into a well rounded man who was nothing like his father.

Morpheus, the netherling love. I have said again and again how much I dislike Morpheus because he was ultimately what stood in-between Alyssa and Jeb being happy together. Even with all his scheming, and riddles his true character began to shine through. In the final book he starts to grow on me a bit.There is a budding sort of friendship that developments between him and Jeb in Anyelsewhere that starts to change things. Now they aren't competing for her love and affection, but instead sharing the two halves that  make Alyssa who she is. With all that said, I still dislike him and will be forever Jeb biased!

Tom, Alyssa's father. We get to know Tom a lot more in this book. He gains his memories back and discovers his past and how it intertwines with Wonderland. But what's most important is that love that he has for Alison and that even though they both gave up everything to be together, they still are deeply and madly in love with each other. 
Red, the former Queen. She is the reason everything horrible happened, in Wonderland, the human realm, and Anyelsewhere. We learn so much about Red through her past memories that she chose to lock up and forget that makes you want to sympathize with her. She just wanted what was best for Wonderland and her kingdom, but she went about it the wrong way. But I feel that the story ended for her in a way that no other villain would have got and for that I am happy for her.

The Cover
This is hands down my favorite cover from the trilogy. (Most likely due to bias reasons: Jeb<3) It utilizes the color Red, which represents Jeb, Queen Red, Queen of Harts, and the Red kingdom. It also showcases the beautiful face of Jebidiah Holt, my all time book boyfriend! I have zero complaints with this cover!

So the story of Alyssa, Morpheus, and Jeb has come to an end. As I am a bit sad, I am always relieved. Ensnared had a beautiful ending that I can't complain about. Everyone wins in the end, and it was a great way to complete the trilogy. Let me know what your thoughts about the book were, I would love to hear them.

See ya next time~

-Jesse Nicholas

Jesse Nicholas, todays guest blogger, lives in Manitoba, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult genre. He currently posts reviews on the YA novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future novel.  You can read other book reviews on his blog on his blog.

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