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18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.
I've always been a fan of Alice in Wonderland. When I heard S
Lucky for me, SPLINTERED is just as good as I expected. No, not just as good. It exceeded my expectati...
Lucky for me, SPLINTERED is just as good as I expected. No, not just as good. It exceeded my expectations and topped my list of requirements. It was incredibly good. Dark and delicious. Totally awesome.
Yes. That good.
A.G. Howard knows how to keep the words flowing, the world growing, and the characters living. I'm not normally a fan of pony-tailed guys, but Jebediah Holt is an exception. I mean, come on, isn't his name hot enough? And then there's Alyssa Gardener - daughter of a madwoman who sips pot roast from a tea cup. She's a skateboarder, a bug artist, and an all around unique protagonist you won't find anywhere else.
And then there's Morpheus - the bad guy with a soft side and an amazing accent and fashion sense. He also happens to be a moth. I especially loved him in the end.
SPLINTERED is a whirlwind of fun. Dangerously thrilling tea parties, flesh-eating flowers, walrus eating clams (no, it isn't the other way around) - SPLINTERED has the whole shebang. Including a story that will make you feel all the feels and end with your heart racing. In a good way.
Rest assured, there isn't a cliff hanger ending, though I would love to see more of Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheus. In fact, the ending is perfect. From start to finish, SPLINTERED is a must-read. Trust me when I say it's as gorgeous inside as it is on the outside. A.G. Howard is an author to watch.
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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
posted by 1372731 on April 26, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2013
I think that jeb is a contral freak. He is way too overprotective and its like hes restraining her from what she can do. Iprefer morpheous to jeb cause he is protective over alyssa but not to the point to frusteration. Overall the was pretty good other than jeb
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Posted July 14, 2014
A dark sequel...you can say to Alice in Wonderland. The premise was very clever and storyline jaded and fun. I loved Morpheus...who I still not know if he is a good or bad guy. Good read if you like fantasty and a bit if romance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2014
Creatures, and magic, and angst! Oh my!
While I enjoyed the plot and the darkly re-imagined version of the classic story of Alice's time in Wonderland, it is clearly written for a young audience. A large amount of time and energy is dedicated to describing outfits, and the heroine cant take a breath without doing so dramatically and with great angst.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Despite the style of writing, I still managed to enjoy the book. The plot is clever, filling in where the classic story leaves gaps, and the world of Wonderland is delightfully dark and whimsical.
So all in all, the book was simply not my cup of tea, but I may read the next one in the series, if only for the deliciously macabre creatures and surreal landscapes.
Posted July 29, 2013
In the spirit of full disclosure, I will preface this review wit
In the spirit of full disclosure, I will preface this review with the fact that I really did not like this book. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I hated it, but I did scream in rage at it multiple times, and throw it across the room once I was finished. The reason I am giving it a 3 star rating, after almost an hour of internal debate, is solely based on the fact that while the story did not work for me at all, the writing itself was lovely. I can definitely understand why so many people raved about it to me, even though reading it was a bitter struggle for me the entire way through.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I will start with the positive. I love the cover. It’s so so gorgeous and definitely captures the spirit of Howard’s Wonderland. More importantly, the writing is good. Lush and evocative, lyrical and dark, and so incredibly descriptive. A.G. Howard is an incredibly talented writer. It was very easy to visualize Alyssa’s Wonderland. And what a Wonderland it is. This is nothing like the one you grew up with. It is dark and scary and seductive, and everybody you meet has a secret agenda.
So why, you ask, if the writing was so good, do I dislike this book so strongly? The story itself just did not click with me. The first 160 pages were a battle to read through, dragging on and on until I just about reached the point of marking it as a did-not-finish. It eventually picked up once Alyssa made it to Wonderland, becoming fast-paced enough to hold my attention as Alyssa journeyed through this netherworld, trying to make sense of the trials set before her. I will say that the twist at the end took me completely by surprise, despite all the clues that were dropped throughout the novel.
What really sealed the deal on my dislike though is that I did not like any of the characters. Alyssa was tolerable, at times. I enjoyed the fact that she’s this punk rock skater girl with a morbid desire to shut the bugs up she hears by sticking pins in them and turning them into artwork, but she was so frustratingly oblivious about so many things that seemed so obvious, and so wishy-washy about her feelings for Jeb and Morpheus that I just couldn’t connect with her. Her best friend and crush, Jeb had me in a constant state of rage. Some may find his over-protectiveness and need to control Alyssa’s every move charming, I just found it really freaking annoying. He claims to love her and yet he has no respect for her ability to make decisions for herself which, for me at least, translates into having no respect for her, period. Morpheus is creepy and definitely repulsive at times, but I still preferred him to Jeb because even though he’s a lying liar who lies, he at least seems to understand Alyssa and respect her to an extent.
I will point out that while I was not a fan, I can definitely see this appealing to most anyone else who enjoys the young adult and fantasy genres.
Posted January 20, 2013
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Posted November 23, 2013
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