♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ - (4 out of 5)
“I don't want those things from you. I love your faults and imperfections. Your kind heart. The scars that match mine, and the struggles to find ourselves. I want your humanness. Nothing else.”
So I came across this book when it was first released back in 2013, but for the life of me I couldn't finish it. In the beginning of the novel it progresses very slowly and I guess it just didn't keep my attention. But as the third book in the series approached the release date I decided to give it another try. So I pushed through the first couple chapters determined to like this book. And I'm glad I did. This novel is amazing.
I love the retelling or re-envisioning of old fairy tales. This book is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, except this version has a modern day twist. This version is darker and scarier than both the the cartoon from Disney and the original story by Lewis Caroll. The Wonderland creatures were exactly that. Creatures. I thought it was a very creative twist on what everyone already knows about the tale.
There is a love triangle but it wasn't your typical love story/triangle. Alyssa knew Morpheus for years before her mom made her forget he ever existed. And Jeb was her best friend that she had to hide her feelings from. So in a way they didn't have to compete for her heart, because they each already held a special place in it.
A.G. Howard's writing and world building were splendid. He has the ability to make a reader such as myself feel like I was actually with Alyssa and Jeb as they journeyed through Wonderland on their adventures. It was incredible!!
Alyssa, the main protagonist, is pretty much a punk rock version of her great great great grandmother Alice. Which fits in with the scarier Wonderland that A.G. Howard has so masterfully recreated. She was definitely one of my favorite characters throughout the novel. Her strong will and courageous attitude is what drew me to her. Her fighting spirit to do everything she can to help save her mom and the rest of her family from their treacherous curse is admirable.
Jeb, Alyssa's best friend and love interest is a sexy hunk of man. (Err, if you consider a 19 year old to be a man) The way he does everything to protect Alyssa from Wonderland's psychotic inhabitants makes me kind of jealous. He is definitely the definition of a knight in shining armor. Tall, dark and handsome... my favorite type.
And finally, Morpheus, the cool mysterious anti-protagonist. (I guess) You never really know if his intentions are good or bad. To be truthful, I really hate Morpheus. He gets on my last nerves and I wish he would just disappear. (Very mature of me, I know) But come on... It feels like he always has some conniving plan up his sleeves. And those hats have got to go, seriously.
Just look at that gorgeous cover! Matches the book completely and I can't get over how cool the title font is. Then you dive into the rest of the book and its printed in purple ink, with cool designs for every chapter.
I want to leave this review as spoiler free as I can, so I won't dwell too much into the end story. But damn. That twist at the end through everything in a loop for me. It really is my favorite part about reading novels is to think a story is going to end one way, but the author throws in that last twist at the end. BAM. Story has changed.
To wrap things up, I really loved Splintered by A.G. Howard that I had to jump straight into the second book. I never thought that Alice in Wonderland could have been retold with such a scary world like the way this book is explored. A little slow to start but was definitely worth it in the end!
See ya next time,
- Jesse Nicholas
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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 at jessenicholasya.blogspot.ca.