Unhinged (Splintered Series #2)

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  Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another ...
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Overview


  Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her to do what’s right? Readers will swoon over the satisfying return to Howard’s bold, sensual reimagining of Carroll’s classic.

Praise for Unhinged
"I really enjoyed the first book of this series, but Unhinged cranks the Wonderland experience up to 11. It's just ... WOW! The last few scenes dangle Alyssa's next adventure with shockers enough that I found my jaw needing a bit of assistance in coming off the floor. Write quickly, A.G. Howard! I need that next book!"
--USA Today

"Howard excels in sensory and sensuous descriptions."
--Kirkus Reviews 

"As intense, dark, and weird as the first volume, this worthy sequel creates a parallel narrative that brings the action out of Wonderland and into Alyssa’s hometown."
--The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books

"A dark beauty fills the novel's pages, which will mesmerize teens with a taste for magic, romance or suspense. Unhinged lays the groundwork for a third book where anything could happen--it is Wonderland, after all."
--Shelf Awareness

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Alyssa Gardner has returned from the macabre and twisted world of Wonderland and now wants to focus on her last year of high school. She is looking forward to the prom and graduation, taking her relationship with brooding artist boyfriend Jeb to the next level and building a relationship with her mother who has returned from 11 years in an asylum. Peace is not to be with the arrival of Morpheus, the butterfly creature of her childhood and denizen of Wonderland. He implores Alyssa to return to Wonderland to defeat the Red Queen and take her rightful place as Queen before Red and her army enter the portal into Alyssa's world. As more netherlings appear, Alyssa begins to fear that the Red Queen herself may have entered her realm and putting friends and family in harm's way. While she tries to keep Jeb from repeating his dark and dangerous sojourn in Wonderland, she comes to learn that he is at the very heart of her latest trial. This second installment of the planned trilogy moves the menacing creatures from Wonderland into Alyssa's world where jealousy and betrayal are at the core. Morpheus evolves into a character that is not all black and white but one that is central to the future of Wonderland. Howard creates a malevolent alternate universe with complex inhabitants able to move between their own bizarre environment and the world of humans. The convoluted plot requires careful reading and it is advisable to read the first book in the series Splintered, Amulet Books, 2013 to fully grasp Alyssa and Jeb's precarious position and fully understand their backstory. The cover art will be a draw for those whose taste runs to the eerie and the terrifying. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Jessica Miller
In this sequel to Howard’s debut, Splintered (Amulet, 2013/Voya June 2013), Alyssa Gardner, the recently crowned Red Queen of Wonderland, finds herself torn between her own two halves: the human side that loves her skater/artist boyfriend, Jeb; and the netherling side that longs to return to the madness and majesty of Wonderland. Alyssa’s dreams are haunted by fears and memories of her trials, led by her childhood netherling companion, Morpheus, a man she is no longer sure she can trust. When her artwork starts to reveal scenes of another battle, this one to save Wonderland itself, Alyssa finds she must delve back into that realm before the armies and destruction spill over into her own world. As secrets are revealed and past actions suddenly have dark consequences, Alyssa’s biggest challenge is to decipher who she can truly trust. Howard takes readers once again into Alyssa’s twisted reality. Dark and compelling, Wonderland slowly bleeds into the human world, and the fractured parts of Alyssa’s life converge. While more an emotional journey in this novel than in the previous, Alyssa’s story is no less captivating. Full of secrets, unexpected twists, and betrayals, readers will once again find themselves enthralled and desperate for another addition to the series. Reviewer: Jessica Miller; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
Alyssa has returned from Wonderland, but her adventures are far from over in this convoluted sequel to Splintered (2013). After defeating Queen Red and rescuing her artist boyfriend, Jeb, Alyssa hopes for a semi-normal finish to her high school career. With her mother back from the mental hospital after 11 years, prom and graduation on the horizon, and Jeb's burgeoning art career ahead, Alyssa works hard to forget about Wonderland and her netherling powers. Though jealous of Jeb's rich, young female patrons and worried about his memory loss, Alyssa believes they have a future together, even as Morpheus, her childhood tutor and creepy suitor, demands that she love him and fight Queen Red. But when Alyssa won't come to Wonderland, it comes to her, in a perverted medley of Carroll's creations. Howard excels in sensory and sensuous descriptions but prizes details over plot. Readers who appreciate a Gothic love triangle, body modification, eerie art and brooding-artist types will enjoy this colorful but creepy offering and await the next installment. Anyone seeking Alice will have to look elsewhere. A world of weirdness that, sadly, necessitates a sequel. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419709715
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Splintered Series , #2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 39,431
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A.G. Howard

A. G. Howard wrote Splintered while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child. She lives in Amarillo, Texas.
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  • Posted January 5, 2014

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    I Also Recommend:

    Loved

    Oh I loved this book! Let me list why:

    * The cover is gorgeous
    * Jeb and Alyssa's relationship
    * Alyssa and Morpheus' fashion sense
    * Alyssa's new way of showing off her artistic skills
    * A better understanding of Alyssa's parents
    * The crazy things that happened when Wonderland made an appearance
    * A possible future
    * The ending of the book

    So yeah, I can't wait to see how things go in the next book. ♥

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Disclaimer: You can read this and don't have to worry about spoilers!

    This book was absolutly amazing (just like the first) it captured my heart and mind with witty comments and deep characters. The ending on both books were great and left me yearning for more and I definetly can't wait until the next book. I really loved how both books did have a lot of fantasy and mystical beings but still felt real like the book didn't have an aura of omg this is really fake. All in all, this book made me feel along with the characters and I felt I really got to know them on a personal level so, if you are a supernatural romance junkie like I am you will loooooooooove this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    [SPOILERS] This book, to me, was kind of disappointing. All Alys

    [SPOILERS] This book, to me, was kind of disappointing. All Alyssa ever did was TALK about how she was going to go save wonderland LATER. She kept putting it off over and over again; "oh I have to go say goodbye to Jeb first." "I have to find my mosaics first." blah blah blah until suddenly it was the end of the book and she hadn't once stepped inside Wonderland. I wanted action, adventure, not her talking about how jealous she was of Jeb's art buyer...not her talking about how much her mom was annoying her, not her neglecting her magic in times she could have used it to FIGHT; to bloody use it for something awesome instead of holding frickin doors closed! That's all this book is,... DRAMA instead of action. And then there is the "love triangle." It was entertaining in the first book when she wasn't leading either guy on and clearly turned one of them down but in this one I got so annoyed at how selfish and conceited Alyssa become I almost threw it! Not only does she purposely lead Morpheous on, "I'll come back to you one day" but does nobody realize how NOT OK that is?! She is basically telling him he is second best! "Oh once me and Jeb get married, have babies, have a long and happy life together and grow old and die; THEN I'll be with you, you know, when Jeb is dead and I can no longer be with him." That is SO not ok! Nothing can make me hate a character more than her stringing a guy along, not even for a little while, but for a FULL BLOODY LIFETIME!! That and she leaves him for dead to save another guy! If it were a boy who told a girl to wait for him for a full lifetime so he could go be with another girl everybody would call him a jerk and hate him, but if it's a GIRL that does that? Suddenly it's not only OK but romantic as well?! No...it's not and it made me seriously hate the main character for being so selfish and conceited. I really wanted to like this book because I loved the first one and because Morpheous is amazing...but I just barely got through it without tearing my hair out. Even after all that though I still would recommend this sequel because if nothing else I do believe in character development and I owe it to myself to see this story through to the third book.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2014

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    I Also Recommend:

    Love Love Love! Here are just a few reasons why! *WINGS! *Morph

    Love Love Love! Here are just a few reasons why!

    *WINGS!
    *Morpheus makes me swoon
    *Jeb's strength and willingness to stay in the game and by Al's side
    *Alyssa and Morpheus should have their own clothing lines
    *Alyssa's abilities
    *Al's Parents. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

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    I am deeply grateful to both to Kristen, owner of the My Friends

    I am deeply grateful to both to Kristen, owner of the My Friends Are Fiction blog & AG Howard, author of the book, for access to this ARC. As grateful as I am for the chance to read this book early, that gratitude in no way influenced my review of the work itself.
     

    <blockquote> Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.


    That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

    As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

    If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.</blockquote>

     
    STOP HERE IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ <em>Splintered</em>
    , as there are spoilers inherent in this review.


    This sequel (not including the novella <em>The Moth in the Mirror</em>
    ) has all the excitement, action, romance, and mysteries that the first book had - and crafted every bit as well. The characters come alive and jump off the pages, pulling you into the story with them. Ms. Howard once again has crafted a magical world for the reader to explore with Alyssa, Morpheus, White Rabid, and the rest of the cast of characters. 

    We are back in the mortal realm about a year after Alyssa &amp; Jeb's adventures in Wonderland, adventures Jeb has no memory of. Alison, Alyssa's mom, is home from the Soul's Asylum and the happy family of three is back together as they haven't been since the incident in Alyssa's youth.

    Alyssa matured during her time in Wonderland, but has been struggling since her return, as she can't talk to Jeb due to his memory loss, and she fears to talk to her Mom about Wonderland, given how fragile she is about the subject. But Alyssa is having nightmares on a regular basis, for which she blames Morpheus. They always show Wonderland in a state of decay and destruction rather than the wild, chaotic, mad, yet beautiful, place of her memories.

    She still struggles internally with her feelings for Morpheus, even though she has chosen a mortal life with Jeb. Her insecurities are problematic, more so since Jeb has been away for the past month - and has a new client who just happens to be a young heiress who is commissioning a series of three paintings from Jeb. The trick is, she wants them to be racier than the ones he has done of Alyssa, and she wants to be the subject/model rather than Alyssa. Talk about making a HS senior with trust issues feel insecure! Alyssa's own art has changed as well, and not only the medium. Since her time in Wonderland she simply can't bring herself to use insects. Especially as she hears them all the time, and now that she's back from Wonderland she listens to their messages and finds comfort in them. She still does mosaics, but uses her own blood under clear glass tiles. The problem is, once she adds her blood the images create themselves. And the subjects are always dark and always about Wonderland. She wants to destroy them but on some level she knows that she needs to keep them, though she has no idea why.

    Meanwhile Morpheus still pines for Alyssa, and he doesn't want to wait for her to live out a mortal life with Jeb before returning to Wonderland to be with him. It's clear he'll do whatever it takes, including playing on Jeb's insecurities, as we discovered in novella <em>The Moth in the Mirror</em>
    . For all his bluster he shows that he can, and will, do the right thing for Alyssa. But in between those times he also pulls lots of stunts, manipulating not only Alyssa, but anyone he needs to in order to achieve his goals. 

    Jeb is busy suppressing his insecurities, working slavishly to not only help his Mom and sister, but also save money for a flat in London for he and Alyssa while they attend school. But his biggest issue is his need to prove his abusive father wrong, to prove that he can make something of himself and he is worthwhile. No matter how long dear old Dad has been dead, his grip on Jeb's subconscious is still as strong as ever, and could prove to be his downfall if he doesn't learn to come to terms with his need for approval from a horrible, dead man. And it doesn't matter how rotten he was, because in the end he was still Jeb's Dad, and most mortals want to earn the approval of their parents. That need is not an issue in Wonderland so Morpheus feels no guilt in exploiting it if it means he will win Alyssa.

    Alison is an enigma, or at least she is for a while. But something happens and Alyssa learns the truth about her Mom. And one of those truths - her Mom is no wilting flower when it comes to Wonderland. In many ways it seems as if Alison is far more suited to be the Red Queen than Alyssa herself is, something we may see come up again down the road. What she is, however, is not the martyr she's got her daughter believing her to be. Even now she's keeping secrets, secrets that could destroy not only herself, but anyone that gets in her way in the coming war, up to and including her husband, Alyssa, and anyone they care about. And war is coming - the Red Queen will force the issue either in Wonderland or the mortal realm, it hardly matters to her. What does matter is getting her throne back and control of the portal(s). 

    Several Wonderland characters come back in this sequel; where secrets are exposed, stories explained, scandals uncovered, and mysteries resolved. Of course in their place are a battery of new secrets, scandals, stories, and mysteries, each waiting to be revealed. The question is, will the right players in the game get to the necessary place(s) in time? The book ends on a stunning note, leaving this reader already drooling over the mere thought of the next installment in the series - and seriously lamenting the amount of time it will take for the next book to reach my greedy little hands.
     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Great

    Excellent

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Loved this book.  Her vivid descriptions drew me in and the char

    Loved this book.  Her vivid descriptions drew me in and the characters won my heart.  Can't wait for #3!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Great book

    This book is fabulous. Talk about a love triangle.a must read for fantasy lovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

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    My Thoughts: Oh how I completely fell in love with this book

    My Thoughts:




    Oh how I completely fell in love with this book, just like I did book one, Splintered!  In fact, I think I might have a girl crush on A.G. Howard for creating such a wickedly delightful read. (I wanted to say &quot;bromance&quot; but we aren't dudes soooo....)   I really think that Howard has become one of my favorite new authors that will probably stick with me for a long time!  
    Besides the story being just freaking awesome the book covers are absolutely gorgeous!  They are so colorful and full of all the wonderful and treacherous things we expect from Wonderland.  And of course, who is on the cover?? Oh yeah baby...MORPHEUS!!!!




    So I guess you can tell that Morpheus is one of my favorite characters in this series.  Yes, I like the other people too but just not as much.  And as I read the story, whenever Morpheus talks Johnny Depp always pops into my mind.  Especially when Morpheus says &quot;luv&quot;.  Oh how I love when he says &quot;luv&quot;!  
    Okay, I know I am fangirling on him so bad but I just can't help it.   Morpheus rocks!  
    But I should try to do more of a professional review here(although when the sexy cowboy hat wearing, moth loving Morpheus is around....) so here I go.  




    The plot of Unhinged picks up around where Splintered leaves off, give or take some time.  Alyssa is trying to deal with her Wonderland side, while still having her memories whereas Jeb's are missing.  
    I really liked how Howard took the division between Alyssa and brought it out in the story, showing us how we feel on the inside can ultimately change things on the outside as well.  Alyssa is really fighting through her emotions and I loved that she came to some serious conclusions about Morpheus, that I personally already knew.  Or at least suspected.  
    Alyssa is a pretty intense character.  I loved that she is this punk -goth teenager, loves skateboarding, and isn't your typical damsel in distress.  She is still beautiful, still strong, and still fragile.   Howard really takes society's ideas on what a female character should be and turns it on its head.  She gives us this tough as nails chic who isn't afraid to get dirty, break nails, and kick ass.  I love it!
    Then there is Jeb.  Yes, I love Jeb too.  In many ways, I see similarities between him and Morpheus.  Jeb is like the human Morpheus?  Just in some ways.  Obviously, he adores Alyssa and that unfailing loyalty to her is something that really stands out for me.  No matter what, Jeb is always going to be watching out for her, making sure she survives.  That is honorable.   Again, I love how Howard molded Jeb's character.  She stuck with the tough skater boy exterior, but showed us that there is so much more to a person than just the image.  Jeb is an important character in the story, even where Wonderland is concerned and I think if he could accept it more I believe he would understand its allure.  Perhaps, understand Alyssa even more.  




    I adore all the Wonderland characters and creatures that we get to see in this book.  I love how A.G. Howard took Lewis Carroll's classic, and built upon it, by using the different creatures we meet and giving them more of a macabre sense to them.  From the demented toys to the evil tulgey wood, Unhinged shows us Wonderland in all of its grotesque beauty, appealing to our darker sides.    Oh, and let me just say I hated the clown!! Clowns are evil makeup laden people that you never know what they are really thinking.  So not a clown fan! {No offense to people that dress up like clowns-just not a clown person here}




    There is a substantial love triangle involved, as I am sure you can already guess.  But our  wonderful author takes it to another level which makes it even harder to wait for the next installment.  Can't I just have the future right now??!!?




    Unhinged just left me completely breathless as I delved deeper into the chaos that surrounds Wonderland.  The story was written phenomenally well presenting us with a well rounded look that even among the chaos and wildness, there is a certain code that needs to be followed to keep Wonderland where it belongs.  There is so much that happens in this book; it seemed like a never ending roller coaster ride for your emotions. The ending will blow your mind and have you laughing then tearing up all at the same time!    I was thoroughly satisfied with Unhinged and I cannot wait until Book 3 comes out.  
    I think I might go mad waiting....

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    It all starts with the love for a book cover. I fell in love wit

    It all starts with the love for a book cover. I fell in love with Splintered at first sight and knew I just had to read it. It ended up being one of my very favorite books last year. So of course when I saw the gorgeous cover displaying Morpheus, I knew this one would have a special place on my shelf right next to Splintered.




    Unlike in Splintered, which took place mostly in Wonderland, Unhinged takes place in the normal world. I went into reading this without reading the synopsis, as usual, and I was honestly a bit saddened around the halfway mark when I still hadn’t received my expected dosage of Wonderland. I understand why Alyssa doesn’t want anything to do with Wonderland, but I held out hope until the bitter end that we would get some Wonderland action.




    A.G. Howard’s writing style is simply outstanding. Though the story of Unhinged wasn’t quite as entertaining to me as Splintered, I was entirely impressed with the continued incredible writing. The descriptions and creativity is remarkable. It just blows my mind how authors such as A.G. Howard can possibly think up the detail included in their stories. It’s a real talent, one I wholly respect and admire.




    I’m looking forward to Ensnared, which appears to be taking place more in Wonderland. Bring on that beloved world of awesome!

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  • Posted February 25, 2015

    Wow Wow wow This was 12 kinds of whimsical fun! It's dark, it's

    Wow Wow wow This was 12 kinds of whimsical fun! It's dark, it's twisted, splash of sexy, and more fun than you can shake a deceased moth at. Why did it take me so long to get around to reading this?

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  • Posted January 23, 2015

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    Very Good Wonderland Twist

    As I am obsessed with all things Wonderland, I really enjoyed this series. Unhinged is my favorite of the trilogy and I would recommend this book to young adults and older adults. Very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    On a scale of good to mad I would rate it MAD!!??

    I liked this book so much that I will jump into any elsewhere to read the next book. I really dislike cliff hangers though they're a good strategy. This book shows you more of the Wonderland Alyssah in the mortal world.It also puts a whole new twist on the love triangle. Yeah, Jeb got his memories back! I like how this book also shows more of morpheus trickery and desperate needs for alyssah

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  • Posted January 19, 2015

    Love this series!  As stated in my review for Splintered, the be

    Love this series!  As stated in my review for Splintered, the best Alice in Wonderland remake I have ever read.  Read both of these books within 2 days and I cannot wait to read Ensnared really soon!  I definitely recommend this series to Alice in Wonderland lovers like me. :) 

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  • Posted December 10, 2014

    4 Stars It was SO awesome to be back into this world and al

    4 Stars

    It was SO awesome to be back into this world and all of it's madness!! As always, A.G. Howard takes us through a world like no other; filled with insanity, madness, chaos, and LOTS of fun. And I LOVED every minute of it!!! ;)

    I was quickly pulled back it to this world like I never even left it. Granted, I did read UNHINGED shortly after I read the first book, SPLINTERED. But the author was able to tie everything in nicely, allowing the reader to feel drawn back into the world and characters, and made me fall even more in love with it all!

    THE PLOT

    Alyssa's finally made it out of Wonderland and back home to the human realm, but it's a far cry from &quot;Getting back to normal,&quot; like she's ever had a normal. But now her mother is freshly out of the asylum and controlling her like she was still five years-old. And her father is still in the dark about their heritage, and that her mother was never really crazy at all. And Jeb still doesn't remember what happen in Wonderland, because &quot;Technically&quot;, he was never really even there. But to make matters even more insane, her blood is doing crazy stuff, and acting images out in her paintings. So between having to continue to lie to Jeb and her father, and having no one to turn to about what's really going on in her life, besides her overly protective mother, and having blood with a mind of it's own, yeah, it's enough to drive anyone mad.

    But just when Alyssa starts to think her life can't get anymore complicated, Morpheus, the frustrating and extremely sexy Moth Man from her past shows up and throws her life back into the chaos and madness she left behind in Wonderland. And now he's demanding she return back to Wonderland, because Red is up to her old tricks again, but this time, it's not only all of Wonderland in danger, but the human realm too...

    Now Alyssa must decide if she's really willing to let Wonderland fall under the destruction that Red will surly bring, or if she's ready to go back down the rabbit hole and into the same place that almost drove her utterly mad. Because Red is coming, and she wants revenge, and if Alyssa doesn't bring the fight to her in Wonderland, then Red will definitely come to the human realm and bring the battle to her. One way or another, Alyssa must face Red in this upcoming battle for the crown she's already won.

    But before Alyssa can make her move and head back into Wonderland to gear up for war with Red, Wonderland literally walks into the human realm bringing tons of netherlings with it. But something isn't right, and Alyssa knows Morpheus knows more then he's letting on. But with so much going on, and all the crazy netherlings pouring in through the portals, her paintings turning up missing, and the scary little toys coming to life and following her around, and the bugs warning her that trouble is finally here, she realizes she may be to late. Red might already be here, and she's not leaving unless it's inside of Alyssa's body, possessing her forever...

    I really thought UNHINGED was a great sequel with lots of drama and tons of action and twist that I didn't see coming. Which I loved, but at the same time, had some issues with! One being that the whole entire book was plotted in the human world. Which is okay, I guess, but I really missed being back in Wonderland, and thought at least some of the story would be plotted there. But it wasn't, and I really didn't like that aspect at all. Another small issue I had with UNHINGED was that it felt like there was way too much going on at once. I mean the whole plot was so fast, with things changing and different lies being revealed almost every other chapter. And it just got to be a little overwhelming. It wasn't too bad, but sometimes I had to go back and reread a chapter that I just previously read to make sure I didn't miss anything or read it the wrong way. But besides that, I thought it was a great sequel that I absolutely adored!

    Overall, UNHINGED delivered on many levels and prepared us for one hell of a sequel, that I can't WAIT to dig into soon!! A.G. Howard is just full of awesomeness, with a mind that can conjure up the most fascinating and intriguing plots that I have ever come across. And I would definitely read ANYTHING this author writes! So overall, I would highly recommend UNHINGED and this complete series to anyone looking for a book that's thick-plotted, with sharp and developed characters, and a world that is full of utter maddens and pure chaos. Then UNHINGED and this series is definitely for you!!

    NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Amulet Books for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own and are not influenced in any way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Good read

    My daughter was hooked on the series a few pages into the first novel, she can't wait till the next book is available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    Loved this book

    This book I couldn't put down must read can't wait til book three gets here

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  • Posted September 22, 2014

    Book 2 is just a good as book 1 in this series. The way the auth

    Book 2 is just a good as book 1 in this series. The way the author describes Morpheus is beautiful. I am in love with a fictional character. LOL. I also love how the main character takes charge, finally, of her life towards the end. Can't wait for book 3.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

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    Alyssa wants to forget Wonderland and everyone in it. Yeah, that

    Alyssa wants to forget Wonderland and everyone in it. Yeah, that's not going to happen. What does happen kept me reading every spare minute I had. It's a must read!

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    Imagine our world if the craziness of Wonderland ever broke thro

    Imagine our world if the craziness of Wonderland ever broke through the rabbit hole...'

    (NOTE - There will be spoilers from the first book included here, as I'm assuming if you are reading this then you have read 'Splintered'? Also, it's necessary for me to talk about some plot points during my review, but I will not give away anything major and will not spoil the ending! )

    The aesthetic in me adores these books for their covers alone - seriously so beautiful! Although I have to admit that I picture MY (yes, MY) Morpheus looking just a little bit more rough around the edges than pretty boy on the cover here - but that's by-the-by :) Gorgeous coverart yet again.

    'Unhinged' picks up a year after 'Splintered' ended. Alyssa has handed the crown over to Grenadine and Ivory to rule in her stead, and is just trying to get on with her human life. With her mother adjusting to life out of the asylum, prom and graduation coming up, and an overhanging issue of taking the 'next step' with her human boyfriend Jeb - Alyssa has alot going on.

    The last thing she needs is for Morpheus to start edging into her life again. Visiting her dreams, sending her messages - until finally entering her world completely (disguised as enigmatic exchange student 'M'). There are problems in Wonderland - Queen Red is on the loose, gathering up an army and preparing to take back what belongs to her - and punish those who betrayed her.

    Whilst Alyssa is trying desperately to live a normal life - the calling of Wonderland is too loud to ignore. With Morpheus on her back, the warnings in her artwork, creepy messages from an unknown sender - and all manner of Wonderland creatures spilling out of the looking glass and into the human world - Alyssa has no choice but to stick to her duties, confront Red, and defend Wonderland as their Queen - but at what cost

    I'll start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book - much more infact than it's predecessor. I mentioned in that review, that I found the pacing a little off. Sometimes it was slow, other times I couldn't keep up. I think Howard got the pacing bob on with 'Unhinged'. Everything moved along really well, and there wasn't one section where I became bored. I also found this book REALLY creepy! There was alot of tension throughout most of it, and I found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion. The creepy clown popping up everywhere, Wonderland nasties hovering on the outskirts - SISTER TWO....need I say anymore? (That woman/spider terrifies me!).

    Alyssa takes quite the journey in 'Unhinged'. Whilst trying to ignore her netherling half and plan her future with Jeb - she still cannot deny that part of her, and Morpheus won't let her! When I read 'Splintered', I struggled to understand the 'pull' towards Wonderland that Alyssa felt - but in this book it becomes clear and I completely get why she feels torn between her two identities. From starting the book basically in complete denial, to re-discovering and owning her magic - Alyssa starts to develop into the powerful Queen of Wonderland that before was just a title. While she may seem indecisive and rejectful of Wonderland, as the book moves forward we see her begin to accept herself and become proud. I really enjoyed her development in this book.

    Now for the love triangle...ah, the boys. You may remember that I was all Team Jeb when I read 'Splintered'....well now that's changed. Don't get me wrong - I still like him, but because he had his Wonderland memories wiped, he remains oblivious to Alyssa's struggles throughout most of the book and for that reason we don't really share this story with him as closely. Morpheus was the star of the show for me. He really won me round this time and I can say that my feet are firmly plonked on his side of the fence!

    We see a whole new side to Morpheus in 'Unhinged'. When he enters Alyssa's world, he is vulnerable and we see it. His fears and feelings come to light more, and we discover alot more about him which helps to understand his motivations. But don't worry Morpheus fans - his cockiness, charming arrogance and cutting wit still remain - and let's be honest I think I'm a little bit in love. The feelings Morpheus has for Alyssa become more apparent throughout the book and more than once he drops his defensive mask to show what lies beneath (not literally ladies..calm yourselves!). He really does just want what is best, even if he goes about it in the most ridiculous of ways sometimes, and I love the way he challenges Alyssa to use and develop her magic. He believes in her.

    As lovely as Jeb is, I would love to see Alyssa end up with Morpheus. I think both boys suit her best in different ways - and I understand her predicament, but I think that Morpheus has more to offer her and they just belong together really.

    Now, from the reviews I have read of 'Unhinged', alot of people are unhappy that the action takes place completely in the human world. Apart from a few dreams, and trips down memory lane - we don't see much of Wonderland. I personally didn't mind. I loved how the two worlds collided in this book and how Alyssa desperately tried to maintain her normal life with Wonderland creeping in at every turn. I know we will be back in Wonderland for the third book, so it honestly didn't bother me as much as it did for everyone else. Howard's writing is so beautifully descriptive that I can follow a story by her no matter where it is set. She really knows how to create a rich scene in your mind, whether it's in the Red Palace from Wonderland, or Alyssa's plain old highschool gym.

    Despite the lack of Wonderland, some of our favourite crazy characters do make an appearance. Helpful little Chessie saves the day on more than one ocassion, Ivory shows up in all her grace and good nature - full of good advice and pointers, Rabid White is just adorable. I really don't know how such an ugly little creature can be so endearing but I really do just love him. Of course, Red and Sister Two rear their ugly heads too, but I will talk about that in a minute. The characters of Wonderland are so well written and I can see Alyssa's pull to be with them, protect them, and rule over them as their Queen (with Morpheus by her side *le sigh*)

    The one thing I didn't enjoy as much were the baddies we love to hate. Like I mentioned, Sister Two gives me more heebie jeebies than I care for (seriously! She is SCARY) - and I was really happy to see her play a more prominent role in 'Unhinged'. I couldn't be quite as afraid of Red though. I understand that she is dangerous, and her soul is a formidable force to be reckoned with - but she just chooses the most unthreatening thing to put her soul into and I could not be scared of her - I just couldn't. Also, the fact that she uses Sister Two's army of toys filled with demented souls as her army just wasn't threatening either. I understand the idea behind it - but when the final confrontation happens - without the presence of Sister Two it would've been a little underwhelming.

    Again, the secrets in this book kept me reading. Unlike 'Splintered', I felt like everything was spaced out really well, and revealed at exactly the right moments. There is SO much more to Alyssa's family past than she knows - and waiting for those secrets to be revealed makes this such a suspenseful read. There is always something that she doesn't know. We find out even MORE about Alyssa's Mother, some secrets from Morpheus, and even her Dad's life isn't so innocent as it always seemed. Everything makes a little more sense the more it is revealed - kudos to Howard for keeping me gripped.

    To talk about the ending (no spoilers) - I did really enjoy it. I loved how our characters teamed up despite their differences to confront their enemies head on. There was a bigger sense of foreboding considering that everything was taking place in the human world. Alyssa, Morpheus, Jeb and Alison had to be more discreet and that made everyt

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