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
To see my interview with the author, click here!
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
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
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
This version of Wonderland was creepy and enthralling. I loved it. I'm totally swooning over both Jeb and Morpheus.
Eaisly the best spinoff I've ever read.
Mrs. Howard you are an amazing person and one hell of a writer.
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
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...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
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
“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...more
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
Alyssa, the protagonist, can hear bugs and flowers. Of course, she thinks she's insane, just like her mother. And, again, of course, she's not. Alyssa's ancestor is Alice Liddell, from Alice in Wonderland. She goes through the mirror, and she finds herself in Wonderland. This book put a spin on the Wonderland we know of. It's not happy and carefree; it's dangerous. There, she tries to fix the Alice's mistakes. However, Jeb, her c...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
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
I turned out loving Morpheus in the end.
Alyssa was a strong heroine who I really appreciated.
Although this book would do great as a standalone, I would love to read a sequel if it turned out to be a series.
My favorite part of the story was Morpheus. I can't help it - I'm totally fangirling o...more
Splintered non mi ha affatto delusa. E' stata una bellissima lettura, originale oserei dire -per quanto possa sembrare strano dato che si tratta di una rivisitazione di un romanzo assai noto come quello di Alice in Wonderland. Ma ecco...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
So, I never read the original "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," so all I had to go on was the old Disney cartoon and Tim Burton's movie (which I love!) And what did I think about this book?? Well, I thought it was awesome! It was a very interesting and cool take on the original with a very dark twist. It was almost like a the horror movie version Alice in Wonderland playing in my head! That's how dark and creepy it was! But guess what...I LOVE horror so I loved t...more
edit: I'm not sure.. 3.5 or 4 stars. review comings soon.
Edit: 4 stars it is.
Also on http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com
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
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
|Splintered Fan Club : Splintered made it into the final round for GR choice Debut! Please vote us up!||34||30||5 hours, 54 min ago|
|Splintered Fan Club : Morpheus Interview||3||53||Dec 04, 2013 02:02PM|
|CMC Teen Book Club: How important are the elements of love and embracing who you are to Splintered?||1||3||Dec 02, 2013 08:27AM|
|CMC Teen Book Club: What would you serve at a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party?||1||3||Dec 02, 2013 08:20AM|
|CMC Teen Book Club: What other books have you read that were like Alice in Wonderland with a twist?||1||3||Dec 02, 2013 08:12AM|
|Splintered Fan Club : Thanks to all of you!||6||20||Nov 29, 2013 10:27AM|
|Splintered Fan Club : * Vote for SPLINTERED! ||40||48||Nov 26, 2013 06:57PM|
Her debut YA fantasy, SPLINTERED, a dark Alice in Wonderland spinoff, is now available from Amulet Books. The sequel, UNHI...more
Share This Book
I shrug. "I have this character flaw? Called dignity?”
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.”