First of all, welcome to my book blog!!
Today, I am reviewing Splintered by the wonderful A.G. Howard! It’s a delightfully trippy experience down the rabbit hole, into a very different version of Wonderland than Lewis Carroll showed us.
Intrigued? We both know you are, hehe.
Splintered was a gift from a wonderful friend, Rhiannon Paille and from the minute I saw the book, I was smitten.
Hook, line and sinker.
Splintered is about a young heroine, Alyssa, who, as it turns out, is a descendant of Alice Liddell herself!
Imagine being related to the young girl who inspired a truly great man to write such marvellously clashing stories!
As a massive Wonderland fanatic myself, I was instantly drawn into the story, from the first line describing Alyssa’s unique mosaics to the equally intriguing Morpheus, something of a bad boy in his own right.
Love interest? Not quite.
That would be Jeb, Alyssa’s sk8erboi neighbour and completely oblivious to how Alyssa feels.
Poor Alyssa? Maybe..Morpheus is always there to lend a..hand.
Personally, I’ll take Morpheus and his many fine attributes, over a clueless Jeb any day of the week.
Now, before I go off on a tangent about Morpheus..*dreamy sigh* Back to the book!
Rather than the sweet but slightly odd Wonderland we’re used too, Splintered takes a decidedly morbid twist on its characters.
From a lake of tears, carnivorous plants and dinner that GIGGLES when being eaten, it’s not the same world Alice ventured down.
Instead of the normal characters, these are ‘Netherlings’, capable of things much more eerie and vicious than any seen before.
Imagine bugs that talk, not only the flowers, oysters that take their revenge, lost yet loved toys serving a macabre purpose. Those are just a few of the creatures..sorry, Netherlings that await you in Wonderland.
Oh, did I forget to mention that Morpheus is a Netherling as well? In Alice’s time, he was a much enigmatic character. Time has not changed that, not sure if it could..
Morpheus has my heart, wrapped in his wings and pinned to his hat, which is quite grand and elegant, hehe.
Before I bid you all adieu, I leave you with one of my favourite quotes from the book.
Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
He lifts thee fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”
“Such an optimist.”
“My cup is never empty.”
“Too bad your brain is.” The words bite, but my smile softens with affection.” – Morpheus, Alyssa *Splintered*
If you enjoyed the review, go and pick up a copy of Splintered, say “HI!” to A.G. Howard on her Facebook! Make sure to tell her Tara sent you. 😘