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The Moth in the Mirror

(Splintered #1.5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,214 ratings  ·  521 reviews
Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa's affections, so he digs into Jeb's memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds. This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard's dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what's to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered. ...more
Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Amulet Books
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Gurleen Untamed (Splintered #1.5-3.5) includes, other than an extended epilogue to Ensnared, some insight into Alison's past memories in Wonderland and moment…moreUntamed (Splintered #1.5-3.5) includes, other than an extended epilogue to Ensnared, some insight into Alison's past memories in Wonderland and moments of the life of Alyssa after Ensnared, the PRINT VERSION of The Moth in the Mirror.
If you can resist reading the other stuff before finishing reading the last book, this may be the best choice for you ^^(less)

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A.G. Howard
Sep 30, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
No rating from me but it was SO fun hanging out in Morpheus's and Jeb's minds.

Me after finishing writing:


The Moth in the Mirror is a novella which takes place between Splintered and Unhinged . Morpheus does not understand what Alyssa sees in the mortal, Jebediah, but he wants to better understand his rival for Alyssa's affections. He examines Jeb's lost memories of his time spent in Wonderland, but he may find out more than he's bargained for.

This novella is the perfect hold over while waiting for Unhinged ! Brace yourself for this peek into Morpheus and Jeb's minds. My only wish is that
Katerina  Kondrenko
4 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
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Genre: retelling, YA
Stuff: fairy, Wonderland, guys fight for Alyssa
Fail: too much J
WOW: Morpheus
Love-Geometry: hard

“Romance wasn't fair. Nor was it a game. It was w
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
3.5 stars
"Ah, but this particular human has much to teach me."


The premise for this short story is Morpheus' desire to experience Jeb's memories while he was in Wonderland, to see what Al loves about him so much. Which he does, and we get to walk in the boy's shoes and see his every thought and insecurity.
He couldn't make sense of Jebediah's luck, how a human could wield such power over a netherling queen.


At the end of the day, I'm not sure how much good it did Morph to experience Jeb's m
Natalie Monroe
Ugh, too much Jeb and not enough Morpheus.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
“He could offer her an eternity of challenges and passion, of quiet, tender moments stolen in the depths of riotous flames and ravaging storms--tranquility amidst the chaos.”

I enjoyed reading about what was going on in Morpheus and Jeb’s minds. Morpheus was finally able to understand what Alyssa sees in Jeb and it was nice revisiting the Splintered series. I do wish this short story was a little longer!
This book has both Morpheus's and Jeb's POVs, but most of the novella is told from Jeb's perspective, giving us his take of certain events that happened in Splintered. Mercifully, the narration was done in 3rd person. I don't think I would be able to tolerate being in Jeb's head otherwise. He is not a bad guy at all, but I just don't get him. At first he wants to leave for London to study there and has a girlfriend, and the next moment he is all overprotective and obsessed with Alyssa. His fasci ...more
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel like this novella only exists as fan service. The pages are pretty much filled with both guys gushing and swooning over Alyssa. News flash: ALYSSA ISN'T THAT GREAT. AT ALL.

"How do I beat him?" - Jeb


Then, when he'd destroyed Alyssa's faith in her mortal knight, Morpheus would be there to comfort and win her. - Morpheus

It's becoming clear to me that Howard is treating this love triangle literally like a game in which Alyssa is the shiny prize.

I don't like when authors do that. I don't l
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fae, young-adult
I feel so sorry about Morpheus... but he was a manipulative bastard - I can't forgive him for having been so.

And Jeb *swoons*
3.5 stars

It isn't a secret that I loved Splintered. That does not mean, however, that the story didn't have its faults, namely, a slightly forced love triangle and a very possessive and bossy main love interest that was, strangely enough, not the insane one of the two. Considering this novella promised to be exactly about the two things I liked the least about the novel, I was understandably apprehensive about reading it. I didn't doubt the novella would be a good read, - I trust in Howard's ski
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obsessed
So this is just a little insight on Jebs point of view of things when he is going through them, which is quite nice seeing how he felt in those important moments that happens in the book.

Also we see Morpheus, POV on how strong his feelings are for Alyssa that he will just not stop until she is with him !!
Total love anything that has to do with Alyssa and Morpheus so I give 5 stars ;)
Elena Salvatore
This is one of the novellas that don't complete the story.

It shows Morpheus viewing Jeb's memorys and thus giving us a more detailed version of what Jeb has endured during the 1st book, when he wasn't with Alyssa.

So you don't have to read it in order to understand some of the characters or for the story to make more sence.

Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, I'll be honest and say I went into this blind. Didn't really matter what it was about, it mattered that it was a short story that revolved around Splintered and that was really all I needed to get me to buy it! And I am in no way disappointed that I did!

Blurb from Goodreads:An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa's affections, so he digs into Jeb's memories of his ti
the burning dreamer.

Emm - "That Book You Like is Coming Back in Style"
"Each time he saw his reflection of late, he no longer recognized the moth in the mirror. He was incomplete; broken, and he despised it."

The Moth in the Mirror is a short expansion on the first novel, from Jeb's and Morpheus's points of view. Darkly quirky, emotionally rich and imaginative as Splintered, both thoroughly worthy retellings of Wonderland.

Though, I had expected Morpheus to take center stage here, but it's more of an elaboration on Jeb and his conflicting emotions. The short is s
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4.5 Stars

I Loved, LOVED, LOVEDDDDD this short story!!! Being inside Jeb's mind, seeing his side of what happened, what he went through while separated from Alyssa, and what was going through his head as he traveled through Wonderland was just amazing!! And Morpheus, ooh, he's so deliciously sexy as he's strategizing, and conniving, and manipulative, and so dam enticing!! And if you put'em all together, HOT dam you've got one dangerously seductive, bombshell of a "Son of a bug" as Jeb would say
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Romance wasn't fair. Nor was it a game. It was war. And, as on any other battlefield, compassion and mercy had no place there.'
The Moth in the Mirror | A. G. Howard

If you are etching to figure out what happened when Jeb was away from Alyssa during Splintered, or if you desperately need to be inside the mind of Morpheus with his sultry attitude and desire for a certain blonde then this novella will quench that thirst.

Unmasking the events during Alyssa and Jeb's separation has all the class of A.
A.G. Howard has a great gift for prose, crafting worlds, and honoring literary traditions. The only blemish in her Splintered series is that, for reasons I don't understand, the books want us to love Jeb, the main character's obnoxious human boyfriend, and mistrust/dislike Morpheus, the lovably deranged fae creature who not only wants our heroine's heart, but wants her to reach her full and impressive potential.

This novella takes place right after the first book of the trilogy. It finds Morpheus
La La
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I read this novella while longing to get my hands on Unhinged, the second book in the developing Splintered trilogy. It helped satiate my Wonderland hunger for a while and was well worth the ebook price. Don't let the title fool you, my fellow Jebutantes, it is full to brimming with Jeb feels. It also offers some Morpheus insight for all of our Mothling rivals!! I loved it. ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quite a nice look into the minds of Morpheus and Jeb, and a nice refresher to the story.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was nice to read from another character's pov. ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
No. Nope. Nada.

There is absolutely no difference in my opinion of Jeb. I already know that he loves Alyssa, a lot. I respect his sacrifice - that whole painting white roses red thing was very bittersweet but it comes off as a plot device for us to like him (more). Incidentally, when he sacrificed himself to save Ivory Queen, and consequentially, Alyssa, he said that she's his best friend. Well that, and that he loves her but really, don't we love our best friends? And that's just how they seem
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
I love this little interlude between book 1 and 2 in the Splintered series.

That being said, I wish there was more Morpheus in it. I was expecting to get into his mind and that just didn't happen. The characters that are twisted and tap dance that line between good and evil are so much more fascinating to me than the Prince Charmings. They have more depth and have reasons to be who they are and I want to get into the psychology of Morpheus in all of this.

Onto Unhinged!
Seeing Double in Neverland
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Morpheus but with that being said this book is about Morpheus watching Jeb's memories. It was interesting to get Jeb's point of view of his time in wonderland. There was his time with the Sprites, After Alissa flew with him and had to leave him cause she couldn't take him any farther and before he makes his decision to rescue Alyssa and then it ends with Morpheus take. A must Read! ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of getting to see some of Jeb's POV from the first book, while getting new scenes with Morpheus. Unfortunately, most of Jeb's scenes were him finding things out we already knew, with little insight into anything else. I did like the scenes with Morpheus, though. I have high hopes that he'll live up to his potential in the next book. ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I only gave this 2 stars because of the parts about morpheus. But the rest mostly is about Jeb. I just can't stand the guy, not after I finished the series. I really wish he wasn't in the book in first place. ...more
Melissa (Ever So Mela)

Buddy Read with Brittain and Raquel.

Waaaaaay too much Jeb and not enough Moth.
I only liked the first and last chapter, truth be told.
Simona B
Summary: Jeb keeps being useless. Yay.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Though I still don't care for Jeb (too possessive and alpha male for me), I liked getting inside his mind through his memories of his time in Wonderland with Alyssa. And Morpheus. Gah. My very pretty antagonist. Can't wait to see what he gets up to in Unhinged. :D ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Loved seeing what went on when Jeb was absent in Splintered
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#1 New York Times and International bestselling Author of gothic / fantasy & paranormal tales, mystical & romantic with a side of horror. A.G.'s dark Alice in Wonderland inspired Splintered series has been published in over a dozen languages.

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Other books in the series

Splintered (4 books)
  • Alice the Absent
  • Splintered (Splintered, #1)
  • Unhinged (Splintered, #2)
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