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Splintered [Kindle Edition]

A. G. Howard
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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A beautiful retelling of a classic tale. High-concept romantic young adult fiction with huge potential. --Metro

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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 Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother's mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice's tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice's mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1829 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419704281
  • Publisher: Amulet Books (16 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JHQ56Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Dark 2 Jan 2013
By Book Angel Emma VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I am not going to go into details about the plot as you already know it is a re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland. I will say that the plot is deliciously dark adding a whole dimension to the world Lewis Carroll originally created. The imagery is mesmerizing, the descriptions coming to movie style life within the imagination. So vivid that you feel as if you are part of the story.

Taking the idea of descendants of Alice's being driven to madness unless they help rectify the mistakes Alice made in Wonderland was a stroke of pure genius. The parallels between the mental hospital and aspects of Wonderland re-enforced both original plot and the re-imagining. Alyssa's character development is the fundamental basis of the plot. Coming to terms with her ancestry, relationships and ultimately herself is what makes the story a masterpiece. The plot has a few surprises of its own that I am in no way going to tell you about ((I know I am teasing but seriously you need to read it or yourselves))

The most surprising and fascinating thing about Splintered is the romance and relationships within the pages. The soul-mate connection is in full force and utterly swoon-worthy. Yet there are moments of pure heartbreak that leave you reeling.

I don't know whether the use of the name Morpheus was a deliberate reference to the God of Dreams but it fit the character so perfectly, remember there is a good side and a bad side to dreams I think I may be a little in love with him.

The multiple layers of the plot and depth of the characters leave plenty of scope for further development. I would love to see separate stories for some of the other characters as well as an update as to the main characters after the end of this story.

Splintered is an utterly captivating story on so many levels and I am sure is set to be a classic in its own right. A feast for the imagination as well as the eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book as captivating as its stunning cover 18 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
Caroline for [...]

Puberty is a difficult time for any girl, your body is changing, you are under the influence of raging hormones and plagued by acne, bloating, cramps, the voices of bugs and plants.... Nope, me neither. For Alyssa, her transition into womanhood also heralds the onset of her families curse. Ever since the Alice Liddel scrabbled out of that rabbit hole her female decendents have be stricken with serious mental health problems and fixations with Wonderland.

Having grown up witnessing her mothers descent in to madness and her resulting treatment within an asylum, Alyssa has learnt to disguise her anxiety about her cruel birthright and ignore the incessant voices. But a shocking incident at the asylum forces Alyssa to reconsider everything she thought she knew about her mothers condition, and instead of hiding from her heritage, Alyssa actively seeks out answers

From the very first paragraph we learn that Alyssa is no wall flower, no bumbling ditzy girl next door. She is fierce, strong, and in the words of her father, level headed and together. Taking creative revenge on her multi-limbed and be-winged tormentors Alyssa isn't one for sit around bemoaning the hand she has been dealt, hoping that someone will save her. Instead she takes action, throwing herself down the rabbit hole to face her fears and save her family.

It's not unusual for a YA book to suffer from a glut of love interests, sparking many a team X verses team Y debate, with each group zealously defending their selected beau. Many times I have found myself rooting for a particular outcome or a particular coupling. With Splintered A G Howard has me completely torn, with no clear choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't have a bad thing to say about it.. 10 Sep 2013
By Natalie
Format:Paperback
This book.
THIS BOOK.

It blew my mind. It was mad and wonderful and beautiful and romantic and amazing and I loved every second of it. I was a little unsure of the characters in the beginning, but I learned to love both Alyssa and Jeb a couple of chapters in.

The writing is gorgeous. The descriptions are lavish, and Howard captured the essence of Wonderland perfectly. It is also one of the few "triangle" books where I don't pick a side; I loved both Jeb and Morpheus. The characters were damaged and broken, something that's fairly new to me in books, but I thought it was done really well and not exploited or dwelled on in the book.

The plot was so intricate and clever. I was confused at times - although this was intended by the author, no doubt - but it all came together brilliantly, and I definitely didn't expect everything to turn out the way that it did. It was just amazing. All of it.

What more can I say?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read! 6 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was so much like what I expected and more! I couldn't put it down, I read it so quickly, and I could easily read it again. It's great to see a different side to the Alice in Wonderland story whilst also moving it on. Would recommend to anyone who likes to pick up a good book now and again, even if it's not your usual thing.
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Can we all just take a second first to appreciate the gorgeous coverart - so stunningly beautiful....okay moving on...

(Although I do talk about various plot points during this review - including the ending, I do not reveal any spoilers and this review is safe to read for those of you who have not yet read the book)

'Splintered' tells the tale of Alyssa Gardner, a teenage goth-punk artist- who just so happens to be a descendant of Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration behind Carroll's original books. On the surface, Alyssa is just a normal girl, struggling with her identity, growing up into a woman, deciding what she wants to do with her life....but Alyssa isn't normal. She can hear the voices of bugs and plants - so could her mother Alison, and that's why she ended up in a mental institution. Struggling to maintain her sanity, Alyssa dims the whispers of nature around her by catching and using bugs in her artwork.

As Alyssa delves more into her affliction, she learns of a curse on the Liddell women, caused when the original Alice messed things up down in Wonderland. What we read in Lewis Carroll's tale was not entirely correct, nothing is how it was written. Like the long line of women before them, Alyssa and her mother are being driven insane by the curse, and when her mother's mental health deteriorates, Alyssa has no choice but to hunt for the clues that will send her to Wonderland - and fix all of Alice's mistakes.

Along with her best friend and long-time crush Jeb, Alyssa ventures down the rabbit hole, meeting the decpetive yet alluring Morpheus, who acts as their guide/puppet master in Wonderland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really hated the original 'Alice in Wonderland' so was not too ...
I really hated the original 'Alice in Wonderland' so was not too sure about this. It was great; a mad, mixed-up adventure with the relationships between Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Hullabaloo22
5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal, inventive, and absolutely mad in the best possible way!
As a huge fan of Lewis Carrol’s Alice stories as well as Tim Burton’s wonderfully dark and visually spectacular adaptation, I knew I had to read this! A. G. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. L. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Fantastic, I can vividly remember all of Alice in wonderlands adventures and caught again the excellent telling of the age old story.
Published 3 months ago by S. Ludwig
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Dark Wonderland
The second I read the summary for Splintered I was completely intrigued. Retellings are so huge now and while the quality is a bit of a mixed bag, I knew this story had serious... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice in strange land...
Okay, so I have to admit it, the cover is the first reason I bought this book. It is STUNNING!! Secondly, the blurb is very appealing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keeley Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING [...]
This book is crazy, Weird, addicting and beautifully written.
From the beginning this novel felt different... It made me feel on edge a bit. This is no fairytale.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. A. Davoren
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Tale!
What an interesting premise for a book, a twisted re-telling of the classic Alice In Wonderland tale!

It a beautifully written book and a total success in my eyes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gizzimomo Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars A unique twist to the classic Alice in Wonderland tale.
I have to start by commenting on what a beautiful book this is, not only is the cover to die for but I loved that the text is purple and not standard black. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Reviews from a Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars So Mysterious!
I was instantly gripped by the story of Alyssa and her relation to the original Alice which has given her family a curse of being able to talk to flowers and bugs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ImaginationBird
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, twisted, gorgeous
I loved this retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Very dark and creatively twisted, and I am looking forward to reading the rest in the series. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Monica
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