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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 Carr
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Hardcover, 371 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books
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Hannah Rahman well, there is a second book. I'm glad because the book ended really well but there was still the lack of contentment for the team Morpheus fans
Kerry Saltvick While there is nothing extremely graphic, there is sexual innuendo, and soft-core kissing. The kissing is often described in very sensual imagery.…moreWhile there is nothing extremely graphic, there is sexual innuendo, and soft-core kissing. The kissing is often described in very sensual imagery. Also the main character is 15, (16?) So just a few years older than an 8th grader.

I would allow my 8th grade year old self to read it, because I knew about the birds and bees already and was mature enough to handle it.(less)
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Emily May
Aug 05, 2015 Emily May rated it did not like it
This book literally made my jaw drop. I'm still reeling from some of the offensive, annoying and downright incorrect things that made it past editors, proofreaders and buyers.

I could point out the way mental illness is sensationalized for a bit of drama and Alyssa's mother is just put in a straitjacket and wheeled off to a padded cell, even though straitjackets and padded cells haven't been used much since the introduction of psychotropic drugs in the 1950s and especially not for someone in her
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Melissa Marr
Dec 04, 2013 Melissa Marr rated it it was amazing
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
seeing the cover

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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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seeing the release date

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Kiki
White girl anthem time, because literally, ew, I can't.

Literally.

Ew.

I can't.

So the other day I was watching Grey's Anatomy with my main bitch and I knew I was making a mistake because, being a casual viewer (and by casual I mean that I can stomach perhaps one episode every seven months) I wasn't invested enough in the convoluted story or the characters to ignore all of the insanely far-fetched medical and social oversights: a woman is furious that her brother died because "I'm a neurosurgeon, an
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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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Ayesha
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Steph Sinclair
Dec 03, 2013 Steph Sinclair rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of retellings and Alice in Wonderland

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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Giselle
Jan 02, 2014 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, fantasy
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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shady boots
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
Katie
Oct 15, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
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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Megan (Book Brats)
Dec 03, 2013 Megan (Book Brats) rated it it was ok


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 (the Grinch)
May 07, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it really liked it
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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Vane J.
I'm gonna be honest with you: I liked Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. It may seem like a bunch of nonsense, but I liked it. And the same can be said about Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There - this one being even more nonsense, but the plot was more clever... if something that makes no sense can be clever.

Of course I was gonna go crazy when I saw this was a retelling of that classic (if you don't believe me, just look at the pre-review below, which I wrote like two years a
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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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Lexie
Mar 27, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lexie by: Cait Grace
Reviewed at The Honest Bookclub.

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There are two kinds of YA Paranormal series:
• the romantic kind, and
• the other kind.

It's very common that the romance takes over and pushes the actual plot into the background. Or, conversely, the plot has been known to dominate, with the romance as a mere afterthought.

The Splintered series does the plot so well. It does the worldbuilding spectacularly. It's written well, and it's well-paced, and overall, it's a whole lot of well .

But it's also invariably very h
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Anna *hiatus*
May 12, 2015 Anna *hiatus* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
"It's the Wonderland crew after a heavy dose of radiation poisoning."

Splintered is a book you just have to stick with. My opinion of the book has drastically changed as soon as I hit the 100 pages mark. It transformed from a dull and tragically angsty story, to a twisted and beautiful one.

Alyssa Gardner is a great-great-great-grandaughter of Alice Liddel- the girl who's dreams inspired Lewis Carrol's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Every female in her family that was born since Alice, has g
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Cassie
Aug 27, 2013 Cassie rated it did not like it
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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Irena
Apr 15, 2016 Irena rated it really liked it
So you think you know everything about Wonderland?
Then think again, because this isn't the Wonderland you remember from your childhood.

Prepare yourself for the creepy, dark and twisted version of the happy place you used to visit when you wanted to feel better.

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In this Wonderland, White Rabbit is a skeleton-looking faery with horns, and here, flowers wait to eat everyone who step on their theritory.

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Alyssa Gardner is a great, great, granddaughter of the real Alice, who once visited Wonderland.
Wome
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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, twis
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Sep 29, 2012 Catriona (LittleBookOwl) marked it as to-read
Shelves: 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!?
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
May 02, 2016 Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks) marked it as lost-interest
Shelves: maybe-read
I've been "reading" this for so long. All I know is that the only thing that will probably come out of my review for this one, is a rant.
As much as I love slamming sexist novels, I think I'll take a break from attempting to get into "Splintered"(I had no idea it included sexism when I purchased it).
For now it shall sit on my shelf, waiting until further notice.
Maybe I'll return to it at the end of my YA-hype experiment.
Shelby *trains 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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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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Cassie-la
Dec 30, 2012 Cassie-la rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
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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Daiane
Oct 28, 2015 Daiane rated it it was ok
Finally I was able to finish it. I mean, after months... The rating is just a plus for the idea and the world-building but I just couldn't stand the characters. Specially the love interest. Too week. Too much drama.



I'm coming back to write more about this book later.
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*

“For that is the essence of a soul. Hopes and dreams and love.”

Even though I'm not a fan of the original book, I have to say there's something charming about the old story of Alice in Wonderland. It's fantasy and fairy-tale to its fullest, a timeless story that has influenced much and will continue to live on through retellings. Splintered in the first in a series that brings the story of Alice to modern day, but instead the point of view is through her great-grandmother. The characters have be
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Eilonwy

I give this book four stars for a really unusual and intriguing re-imagining of the Alice in Wonderland story and what has happened in Wonderland since the close of Alice Through the Looking-Glass.

But I give it two stars for execution. I personally found the writing to be slightly confusing and clunky. If you don't have any problems with sentences such as "I snap open my eyes as a roar breaks from the bandersnatch's pen," and "As she nods in response, the door bursts open with the help of a bat
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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
Juliana Zapata
Feb 17, 2015 Juliana Zapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Es un mundo mágico con personajes de todo tipo, ame profundamente a Morfeo y detesté profundamente a Jeb. Alyssa a veces me caía bien y a veces no.
La historia es encantadora aunque un poco enredada e leer, aunque supongo que esto es intencional, ya que te sientes perdido de principio a fin al igual que la protagonista.

Espero saber mas de Morfeo y menos de Jeb en el segundo libro, aunque no me queda muy claro que pueda suceder en la continuación de la historia, ya que el final es súper abierto.
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A.G. Howard is the bestselling author of the Splintered Series, with a slew of other classical spinoffs and original stories in the works that she hopes will soon find a place on the shelves.

She was inspired to write her tribute to Carroll's Wonderland while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side tri
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