January 10, 2013

Splintered by A. G. Howard {Review} + Giveaway

Terrible picture, I know, but it was late and
the post needed to go up :P
Publisher: Amulet
Publish Date: January 1, 2013
Source: Publisher for honest review
Pages: 384
Series: No
Rating: Direct Hit
Alyssa Gardner hears the thoughts of plants and animals. She hides her delusions now, but she knows her fate: she will end up like her mother, in an institution. Madness has run in her family ever since Alice Liddell told Lewis Carroll her strange dreams.
But perhaps she's not mad. And perhaps Carroll's stories aren't as whimsical as the seem.
To break the curse of insanity, Alyssa must go down the rabbit hole and right the wrongs of the real Wonderland, a place full of strange beings with dark agendas, a twisted fun-house reflection of Alice's childish tales. Alyssa brings her real-world crush -- the protective Jeb -- with her, but once her journey begins, she's torn between his solidity and the enchanting, dangerous magic of Morpheus, her guide to Wonderland. But no one in Wonderland is who they seem to be -- not even Alyssa herself...
Splintered is officially my new favorite Alice in Wonderland spinoff/retelling. I loved the Tim Burton/Disney rendition and the Syfy Alice special and Splintered is kind of like an awesome mish-mash of both. The bright colors and creepy setting of the Burton retelling combine with the awesome story and characters of Alice to create one amazingly fantastic book.

Though I compare Splintered to other renditions, it completely stands on its own. The story is totally new while still drawing similarities from the original and putting a creepy twist on them. There are certainly no fluffy pocket-watch carrying rabbits here. There are, however, boys. Yes, plural, but I think it works (then again, I'm not an adamant love triangle hater). I'm not one to think romance makes everything better, but it really adds to the story. I certainly wouldn't have cried had there been no romance...

Alyssa reflects Alice with her stubbornness and curiosity, but is definitely her own character. She takes the fate of her life in her hands and literally jumps down the rabbit hole headfirst. And when she's faced with a tough decision (be it who to trust, what to do when a walrus-octopus wants to eat you, or which guy to choose) she makes one. Of course, she's not always right, but we wouldn't want it that way, now would we?
Shall we talk about the boys?
First we have Jeb, the cute, scruffy skater guy who happens to be Alyssa's best friend. He's pretty overprotective, but he always has Alyssa's best interests at heart. Jeb is my favorite of the two, hands down with his sweetness towards Alyssa and their teasing banter.
Then we have our bad boy: Morpheus. He's dark, obsessive, and mischievous. Of course, he also has an irresistible and romantic side, but only for Alyssa. The tortured soul thing does something going on for it, though which made me almost sway towards Team Morpheus a few times.

Part of the ending felt a little rushed to me, but not all of it. More like the intro the climax and ending. That's really the only negative thing I have to say, though.
The Nutshell: If you're a fan of Alice in Wonderland retellings/spinoffs then I can almost guarantee you'll like Splintered. However, if you're not a fan of dark and creepy or simply refuse to read any love triangles at all it might not be the book for you. Splintered does a fantastic job of standing on its own and it kept me flipping pages as fast as I could right to the end.

And as a little added bonus I'm giving away my ARC :D
Must be 13 or older (or have parents permission)
US only (sorry, to all my international followers. I'll try to have another giveaway open to you guys soon :])

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  1. Great review. I have this one and I've been meaning to read it for a while. I love the sounds of the dark world and both the boys. I'll be checking this one out very soon!

  2. I havne't read any other retellings of Alice, but once I saw this cover, I knew I had to read it! It sounds like you loved it, so I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and read it myself! Great review :)

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  3. I LOVE Alice in Wonderland re-tellings. I also loved Tim Burton's movie it. I'm really excited to read this!

  4. I've never read an Alice in Wonderland retelling, but it sounds like I definitely need to read this one! I love that you thought the character stubborn and that there's awesome boys in the book too!
    Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway! :)

  5. Thanks for the review! I've heard such good things about this one, I can't wait to get to it. And wow, you're favorite AIWL retelling? Must be good :)


  6. I loved this book I'm glad that you liked it as well.


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