It was beautiful, like Splintered, but something was just missing. Once again, there was a gorgeous, interwoven plot, but... just not with the sizzleIt was beautiful, like Splintered, but something was just missing. Once again, there was a gorgeous, interwoven plot, but... just not with the sizzle of the first book. I'm disappointed. At points in this book, I found myself wanting to skim because the plot, characters, writing, SOMETHING started dragging me down.
The first half of the book was a pretty big downer. The plot was just too slow. The first half is basically Alyssa trying to deny everything happening - so nothing happens. While inner turmoil = not perfect = more human is good, I'm afraid it just dragged on too much. The book didn't pick up until the second half after Alyssa FINALLY (view spoiler)[decides to help Morpheus with the murderous Red. (hide spoiler)]
After that initial sucky beginning, I really did start to see a glimpse into the amazing plot of Splintered that I loved so much. (Until the ending, but that's next) The "mystery" (a lack of a better word) of the prophecies and Red were great to read about. And so many things about Alyssa's father and mother, as well as Morpheus were revealed. And that really blew my mind. (view spoiler)[I MEAN THAT VISION IVORY SHOWED ALYSSA ABOUT MORPHEUS AND HER CHILD!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)] Howard really puts some great twists on the original Lewis Carroll literature that ties in really well with Unhinged.
Anyway, I as I mentioned, the ending threw me off a bit. The battle scene was a bit all over the place and confusing. Half the time I wasn't even sure what was going on, and I only understood enough to give me a blurry picture of what was taking place. The whole Red situation was confusing too.
But the book didn't completely crash and dive after the battle. I did manage to salvage my feelings in the last chapter (end of battle + more). It at least made me want to read the next book. (view spoiler)[I do have to find out about what happened when Red took Jeb and Morpheus into the tulgey wood to the AnyElsewhere. Plus Alyssa's mom is back in Wonderland. Not to mention that the portal to Wonderland has been destroyed. I HAVE A THEORY ABOUT THAT THOUGH. (hide spoiler)]
(view spoiler)[Earlier in the book, in regards to how Alyssa's dad got into Wonderland, her mom tells her about this. "Morpheus once told me there's another way in [to the looking-glass world/AnyElsewhere], from the human realm. There's a way to open mirrors without keys, an ancient trick that only the anointed knights know." So Alyssa will find this way into AnyElsewhere, rescue Jeb and Morpheus, then find her way into Wonderland through AnyElsewhere. (hide spoiler)]
I'm just really not feeling Alyssa and Jeb anymore. Their relationship just isn't making me go "Awwww" anymore. IT'S JUST NOT WORKING. Jeb is rather just annoying me now. I don't know. But on the other hand, Morpheus is really getting to me. ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
4.5 Stars Amazing. The romance was good, and the struggle of it was perfectly frustrating, but not too drawn out. I'm dying for the next book after thi4.5 Stars Amazing. The romance was good, and the struggle of it was perfectly frustrating, but not too drawn out. I'm dying for the next book after this ending....more