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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 Car ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books
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Melissa Marr
I LOVED this book enough that I'm posting my first ever detailed Goodreads review.

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
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A.G. Howard
Jan 20, 2012 A.G. Howard added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm not giving it any stars because it's my brainchild. :) But I will say that I love my heroine and her two guys (the good one and the naughty one) and I had a blast warping up Wonderland. ;)
Madeleine
Dec 03, 2013 Madeleine marked it as have-but-haven-t-read-yet
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seeing it's another Alice in Wonderland idea

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seeing that it actually sounds amazing

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fangirling with everyone on goodreads

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Demi
Can we take one moment and wonder how much better this book would have been if Jeb wasn't in it? CAN WE?!

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
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little machines
So I had to re-read this book, and I'm actually glad that I did, because a lot of the stuff in here--especially a huge chunk of the last half--I'd completely forgotten. Oh, and I have no idea why I ever considered myself Team Morpheus in the first place. He's kind of an ass. Actually I'm neither on Morpheus nor Jeb's side. I don't exactly love either of them. But I do love this book even now, exactly two years after my first read. I can finally read Unhinged now that I know all the necessary det ...more
Giselle
Splintered seems to be another instance where I appear as the black sheep. I've seen numerous positive reviews of the novel before I went into it, and came out feeling pretty disappointed. A book I even thought at first I would absolutely love, ended up being just a little too drawn out. I had little love for the characters, and the fascinating twists came a little too late to grab a higher rating.

I will say, the novel is not a complete let-down, especially for Alice in Wonderland fans. I, mysel
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Katie Stout
For this review, I will be utilizing the gloriously expressive face of Tom Hiddleston.

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
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Steph Sinclair

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
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Megan (Book Brats)


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
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Before I start: how gorgeous is that cover? I mean really, if there exists such a thing as judging a book by its cover, I'm so there.

Alyssa is a descendant of the original Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland book. The women in her family suffer from a curse of madness, even the illegitimate by-blows of the family become stricken with insanity after they reach puberty. Her mother ends up in a mental asylum after trying to kill Alyssa when she was a small child,
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Ayesha
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Natalia
Reread 10.07.2014

“Broken glass severs more than skin. It will sever your identity.”

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Despite my one big and glaring problem Jeb with this book, I enjoyed it better the second time around. On my first read some things seemed a bit confusing, but now that I’ve finished the second installment as well and know so much more about the characters and their motivations, it was really interesting to pick up on all the clues and read between the lines.

A.G. Howard managed to create an enticing world, twist
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Molli Moran
I finished Splintered almost a month ago at the time of writing this review, but as I searched the pages for a quote to share with y'all, I found myself falling in love with A.G. Howard's debut novel all over again: with the ethereal setting, with the beautiful writing style and imagery conjured while reading snippets, and with the amazing characters. I went on a journey while reading Splintered, and it is one of the few books that I immediately went online to pre-order once I finished. Splinter ...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard

Splintered is one of those books that has a great concept --the family of Alice Lidell (from Alice in Wonderland) is cursed with a special kinda crazy as a punishment for Alice's mistakes in Wonderland. Alyssa is only the latest in a line of women who hear the conversations of flowers and insects. Alyssa tries to hide the voices, killing the bugs and creating artwork while her mother wastes away in an insane asylum. Then she stumbles on a website about the rabbit hole and someone from Wonderland
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Cassie-la
REVIEW ALSO ON: http://bibliomantics.com/2012/12/30/n...

I love all things Alice, but that’s doesn’t mean that all Alice adaptations hit the mark for me. And unfortunately – despite the amazingly atmospheric book cover that had me drooling in excitement – this take on Wonderland missed all the marks. Definitely do not judge this book by its cover, the outside far exceeds the inside. But oh how I wish it didn’t.

Splintered suffers from many problems, the first of which is the ridiculous portrayal o
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Belle
I've never been a massive fan of the Alice in Wonderland tale. While I've always loved the aesthetics of Wonderland and the idea of it - when it came to the actual stories, I never particularly enjoyed them. The Alice in Wonderland Disney movie creeped the crap out of me as a kid - and not in a good way - and when I read the original book by Lewis Carroll a few years ago, I found only a few bright spots in an otherwise tedious tome. Still, when Tim Burton's adaptation came out, I was ridiculousl ...more
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Splintered is based upon real life Alice Liddell's story as created by Lewis Carroll. Little Alice pictured here.
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The females in her line all are inheriting madness. They here bugs and plants talking. Refuse to eat off of plates (teacups please). Until we come across Alyssa-she does not want to end up in the mental hospital and will venture down the rabbit's hole in order to stop it.

This author did an amazing job on bringing a fairy tale to life. Creepy and so very easy pictured in your mind,
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Sep 29, 2012 Catriona (LittleBookOwl) marked it as to-read
Shelves: dac-2013, owned
WANT THIS BOOK NOW! COME OUT ALREADY, YOU NEED TO BE READ BY ME! GIMME GIMME GIMME!


Haha, see what I did there? ;)





And isn't that cover just AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!?
Cassie
Ugh. Unlikable characters, plotting issues up the wazoo, derivative world-building (Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll's original book are NOT interchangeable, and it's really freaking obvious where the author rips off Burton wholesale)... No thanks. The audio had a much better narrator than the book merited.

Can the uber-possessive boyfriend thing stop now, please? Jeb, the main love interest (let's not kid ourselves that the love triangle was really a viable triangle in the firs
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Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
WHOA, what a ride on The Wonderland Train!!

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Starting UNHINGED now, then, it's off with your head in ENSNARED!!!

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4.5 Stars

SPLINTERED, WOW, OH, WOW!!! You brought the best of out me. You took me through a world unlike any I've ever experienced. You made me laugh, cry, scream, hoot and holler in joy, second guess myself, you tore my heart to shreds, and then slowly sewed it back like new. I LOVE YOU, ALL OF YOU, ESPECIALLY YOU, MORPHEUS, you sexy Son of a Bug, you! ;)

Just playing around!! :) I
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Kaede


Spun from the classic tale of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Splintered explores and charts the darker side of a premise so widely known. Taking on a twisted version of the Wonderland we know of, A.G. Howard introduces a world of possibilities where anything and everything can go wrong. And the moment our female protagonist begins her journey through a terrifying place once known as fiction, well, there was only one thing left to say.

Welcome to the real Wonderland.
May all your dreams fail
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Monika
EDIT 25/05/2012: OH.MY.GOODNESS.

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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
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Booknut
Be prepared for a hat-raising trip down the rabbit hole in Splintered - be sure to hold onto your teacups!

Alyssa Gardner has always had an eerie fascination with insects, using them to create artworks whose images reflect the remnants of dreams she can only just recall. But her main reason for her use of medium lies in the fact Alyssa can hear the chattering of bugs and flowers, and despite the entertaining aspect of listening to their conversations, Alyssa wishes she could rid her head of them
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Nobonita
Dec 08, 2012 Nobonita rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE IN THIS PLANET!!!!!!......Well,as long as you like fantasy.
Recommended to Nobonita by: myself :D
So I just came home from school to find something pretty waiting for me.Take a look a the beauties!Aren't they gorgeous?!(I meant the book along with the locket and bookmark) XD


*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.
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
I’m beginning to enjoy the madness. That’s not good. Not at all.

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Alyssa Gardner is the great-great-great-[lots of greats]-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland novel. Because of a curse that originates from Alice’s escape from Wonderland, Alyssa’s mother becomes insane and is committed into an asylum. Alyssa later finds out that there is a way of lifting this curse and saving her mother. All she has to do is follo
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Alyssa
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Splintered by A.G. Howard
Book One of the Splintered series
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Hardcover copy won from a giveaway

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
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Natalie Monroe
Splintered reads exactly like The Iron King, except without the awesomeness of Puck and Grimalkin.

Both have incredible world-building. Even me, who has never officially watched Alice in Wonderland (Which come to think of it, is a serious flaw in my Disney education) can see the parallels Howard drew between the original and this wonderful reimagining. Old friends are here: the talking flowers, Cheshire cat, the Caterpillar (I'll get to Morpheus a bit later) and I absolutely loved the concept of
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Bethany Crandell
Romance, drama, and a whole lot of adventure come together in a magical land more vivid than Willy Wonka's fanciest factory. Beautiful descriptions, lovable characters and a rich, vibrant story. This book has it all.
Melanie
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“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.”

Splintered, as the synopsis states was a book filled with grotesque madness. A kind that is so utterly amazing and magical, I am craving to jump in again so Unhinged, hurry up and show your face to the world! (Actually, not the cover. Ugh. Morpheus is on it.)

Alyssa Gardner was never normal. A family curse that stretches far back to Alice Liddell, who inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice i
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Teresinha
Tuhle knížku jsem si docela užila. Zdálivě prchlivé téma je fakt výborně zpracované. Nápad se mi líbil už od začátku, ale bála jsem se, jak z toho autorka vybruslí. Hra na moderní Alenku v říši divů se podařila, je to perfektní čtení, trochu šílené, ale to je původní Alenka taky, tak čemu se divit? Jen ta říše divů je ještě bláznivější než ta klasická, ponuřejší a strašidelnější. Najdete v ní všechny staré známé, ovšem často nejsou tak přívětiví, jak byste čekali... Pro milovníky Alenky je tahle ...more
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A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

SPLINTERED & UNHINGED, books 1 & 2 of her urbanized /gothic Alice in Wonderland series, are now available from Amu
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“Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. "You want me. Admit it."
Even if he's partly right, I'll never tell him. "Why would I want you?"
He lifts three fingers to countdown. "Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible."
"Such an optimist."
"My cup is never empty."
"Too bad your brain is." The words bite, but my smile softens with affection.”
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