Splintered (Splintered #1)
The writing is gorgeous--lyrical and evocative without ever descending into unnecessarily purple. The story is compelling (& the twist was unexpected), and the characters felt like they were real enough to have heartbeats. The author is also one of those wonderful creatures whose pre-finished books are clean enough to read. I read this in manuscript, pre-galleys, and the writing was so polished that I only not...more
The book description, for once, is perfect. This is a stunning debut, and it does capture the grotesque madness of a magical and much-loved world.
A. G. Howard puts her own delightful twist on the story behind the story, and begins her adventure with the mystery of Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With this dash of originality, we are introduced to a contemporary fantasy, one that involves another tumble into the rabbit hole, this time...more
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Two words: Hell. Yes.
From the moment I first set my eyes on that cover and read that blurb, I needed this book in my hands right then. I had high expectations for it, and they were all met. I can safely say that this is THE ultimate YA retelling of Alice in Wonderland, and I'm not sure any other will top it.
The story follows Alyssa, a girl who can hear the whispers of bugs and f...more
I will say, the novel is not a complete let-down, especially for Alice in Wonderland fans. I, mysel...more
I sure wish now that I'd taken the blue pill and not read this book...
On paper, a book might seem like many things. Some might seem like rage-inducing snooze fests directed at sexist people with a death wish. Incredibly epic, of course, is the preferred synopsis of choice. When I picked up SPLINTERED, glossed over the synopsis a few times, and took it in with a final hard look, I saw one word flash across my eyes – AWESOME. And that was what I took when I opened my Kindle and started this one. S...more
To Splintered, I would basically just like to say one thing:
When I saw the blurb for this book, I was a little unsure. I love Alice in Wonderland (both the book and the Disney movie...along with like, every adaptation there's ever been). But the bit about Alyssa maybe being crazy sounded weird, and I'd also heard some negative things about Alice in Zombieland, so I was sort of wary of any YA take on this classi...more
Excessive fangirling. 'Cause I'm cool like that.
IT'S MINE. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I TOLD YOU IT'D BE MINE. ARC due to arrive in a week. Dying of happiness. <33
Splintered is part sequel, part homage to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Since childhood, bugs and flowers have spoken to Alyssa. She has always thought she was mentally ill like her mother, but when she discovers her true heritage––that she is a descendent of Alice Liddell, she embarks on an adventure to return to Wonderland and correct the mistakes her great grandmother made.
Splintered didn't really work for me. There are so many references to Alice's Adventur...more
If you liked Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Splintered will be your new best friend. If you are like me and did not love Shadow and Bone, Splintered will not be your book.
Howard's take on Wonderland reminds me of a toned-down version of the video game American McGee's Alice, which turned Wonderland into a terrible place full of killers, deformed monsters, and twisted creatures that turn out to be the...more
More of a 3.5 star rating.
Okay, so here is a little truth for you: There is no other children's tale that scared me most as a child than Alice in Wonderland.* I will never forget the first time I heard the story. It was by way of my grandmother and these cassette tapes she bought me called Porch Swing Stories. It was very generous of her, but let me tell you, those tapes were the devil. Pretty much all of the stories were purposefully cranked up in the creepy department and I'm convinced that th...more
Look at that spectacular and colourful cover. Yeaa... It has kinda creepy but yet intriguing side.
EDIT 27/07/2012: Everytime I see cover I fall in love with this book even more. Truly.
Gosh, I had such high hopes, but sadly I did not like Splintered. Mainly, I had a problem with the three main characters. I did not care about them, I had no connection with them. Nothing.
The beginning of the story was so boring, it got interesting as Alyssa went to Wonderland. And e...more
This guy was a major douchebag! Besides the fact that he was as good as useless to the entire plot, he had no respect all for Alyssa's opinions or decisions. "Jeb, I think--" "Shut the fuck up. I decide what you can and can't do."
Protective was not even how I would describe him. Controlling is still an understatement. He treated her like a fucking puppy. Its not even like I'm reading too much...more
Splintered is the most unique take on a childhood fave that I've ever read. You know the big scary hype monster that comes along with books such as these? Well, main character, Alyssa, easily chases it back under the rock it came from. IT. WAS. AWESOME.
I'm going to step away from m...more
*UPDATE ON 26/10/12*
You guys!This is awesome!!!! Will read again and again.Full review to come December-ish.Check out my blog for a giveaway during that time as well! ;)
*UPDATE ON 12/08/12*
Full Review: [Also cross-posted at my blog: http://perrytheplatypus1102-3daydream...]
SPLINTERED is probably one of my best 2012 reads....more
Just one look at the cover and you get pretty much sucked in already, right? So it wasn't until august that I received my copy but it was so worth the wait. Not only that but the author was also really nice, always letting me now what was happening and when the arcs were be...more
And I'm overdue for a review...!
Here's a fun fact, "Alice In Wonderland" has never actually been exciting for me. There I said it! That all changed with a little book called Splintered.
I have never connected to the story or cared in the least bit about its unique and at times freaky characters. But this version of the classic tale, was different enough and twisty enough that I just kept coming back for more.
If you thought you knew what was going to happen next with this book,...more
Splintered was possibly the best classic retelling I have ever encountered in my life. It wasn't just about Alice in Wonderland and it was retold differently, but the protagonists were aware of the story, but it was like Alice: Reincarnated.
It was as if the story of Alice in Wonderland slowly unfolded, starting from Alyssa's unawareness of how her life was dependent on the fantasy story, and then progressing to the point where...more
From the moment I heard about this book, I was enraptured. A re-imagining of the Alice in Wonderland tale in a modern day setting with not one but two hot guys, made complete with an amazing cover. Really, what more could you want? From the moment I started reading, Splintered had me completely taken in. I have to admit, I was a little nervous starting. I've had experiences in the past with books where you are so...more
edit: I'm not sure.. 3.5 or 4 stars. review comings soon.
Edit: 4 stars it is.
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Alyssa’s mother has been locked away in a special institute. They are descendants from thé Alice in Wonderland and every woman suffers from the same mental problem. They hear insects and flowers talk. When Alyssa is starting to hear the voices too, she is worried that she might end up like her mother. Her father i...more
I think I may have found my new favorite book. I finished reading Splintered by A.G. Howard and I can't get this book out of my head, it is really that good. A.G. Howard takes Alice in Wonderland and makes you focus on if it was actually real and the fairy tale was based on more than just someone's imagination. The writing in this story is beautiful and well done. You feel like you are Alyssa and have travelled to Wonderland to save your family from the curse.
Read the rest of the review at Infe...more
Okay, so Alyssa is a Texas girl who is a freak. She's the descendant of the original Alice of Carroll's Wonderland. Her mother is locked up in an asylum but that's not where it ends. Alyssa can hear flowers and insects talk too....more
I freakin' LOVED this book!!!!! A very magical, romantic, thrilling, and well written book. I was on the edge of my seat while reading this book! I loved this way more than the original Alice in Wonderland (I know.. and I'm sorry but I do). Howard has a very dark and interesting take on the 'Real Wonderland.' I LOVED both romantic interests, Jeb and especially Morpheus (the Caterpillar that really looks like...more
Definitely worth checking out if you're curious, though.
THERE IS A SEQUEL! WOOHOO!
I can't wait for Unhinged!!! (Even the title's awesome!)
END OF UPDATE
Huh. BE is still out of commission, but good thing I still have Goodreads to post reviews! :) Anyway...
You know how some books have lame-ass summaries that don't even cover one half of the book's awesomeness? Summaries that are so cliched, or too vague, that you just wrinkle your nose and put the book down?
I am so happy that this wasn't the case with Splintered. Even from the cover, to...more
There were elements of this story that I loved and others that I wasn't a fan of.
I loved the creepiness that the author managed to get across, I think I actually shivered at one stage and may have had a nightmare or two.
This, for me, was something a bit different then your normal YA fare. Though it is based on Alice in Wonderland and some reviewers see it as a bit of a fan fiction, I thought it was fresh and interesting & held my a...more
I have been captivated by Alice in Wonderland for as long as I can remember and never has there been a tale to feed both the adult and...more
Curiouser and curiouser…
Whimsical Wonderland, tea parties and light-hearted madness has always made me smile. I feel nostalgic, like I’m five years old and playing dolls and dress ups with my cousin again. But there’s that other side of me, the one that’s grown up and seen more in life that wants to know what secrets lay behind the pretty, cheerful façade of Wonderland.
My dark side.
In A.G. Howard’s Alice retelling, Lewis Carroll was misled. The real Wonderland is darker, funkier, creepie...more
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I shrug. "I have this character flaw? Called dignity?”