Here is a quick review of Splintered by A.G. Howard. I am keeping this one sweet and simple. I am sharing what I liked and disliked and my overall rating of the book.
This story opens as Alyssa Gardner, ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , is dealing with the fact that she hears whispers of bugs and flowers—the same affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. Alyssa must figure out how to get to Wonderland so that she help her mom. In the process, she accidentally brings her friend/love interest along with her.
*Reader beware …Spoilers! Lots of spoilers… Read at your own risk!*
THE GOOD – What I enjoyed about this book:
- Wonderland. I absolutely adored the dark spin on wonderland and its inhabitants.
- This wast was a fun book to read. I enjoyed getting lost in Wonderland.
- Morpheus! This sly, seductive, witty caterpillar turned fairy/moth man is an addictive character I won’t soon forget.
- The characters are flawed and believable. (Except the mom – see below)
THE BAD – What I disliked about this book:
- Jeb’s concern for Alyssa comes across as controlling.
- When the romance between Jeb & Alyssa starts brewing in wonderland the reader and Alyssa are led to believe that is his still in a relationship with someone else. Hello. Cheating. Not cool, even if it is later revealed that he broke up with her before Alyssa pulled into Wonderland with him.
- Some portions of the non-wonderland part of the story fell flat and I lost interest a few times.
THE UGLY- A major issue in this book for me
- Alyssa’s mom. I feel her character unrealistic and pretending to be crazy to save her daughter doesn’t sit right with me. I felt like this wrap up of her mothers role in the story was a slapped on ending. I would rather see her heal from her illness than to have been pretending all along.
Overall, I am giving this book a high rating of 4 of 5 stars. It earned this rating from me because it was a fun magical read with dark undertones and memorable characters. These elements were strong enough to overcome my dislikes. Will I be reading the next book in the series? No doubt. I can’t wait to get back to Wonderland.
Are you Team Jeb or Team Morpheus?