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Unhinged (Splintered Series #2)
     

Unhinged (Splintered Series #2)

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by A. G. Howard
 

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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

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.

Read all the books in the New York Times bestselling Splintered series: Splintered (Book 1), Unhinged (Book 2), Ensnared (Book 3), and Untamed (The Companion Novel).

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

Praise for Splintered:
STARRED REVIEW

"Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale."
USA Today

"Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow toward Tim Burton’s 2010 film version."
The Boston Globe

"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original."
Booklist

" Protagonist Alyssa...is an original. Howard's visual imagination is superior. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole."
Publishers Weekly

"While readers will delight in such recognizable scenes as Alyssa drinking from a bottle to shrink, the richly detailed scenes that stray from the original will entice the imagination. These adventures are indeed wonderful."
BookPage

"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."
Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderland is filled with much that is not as wonderful as might be expected, and yet, it is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her true nature. The cover with its swirling tendrils and insects surrounding Alyssa will surely attract teen readers who will not disappointed with this magical, edgy tale."
Reading Today Online

"Creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance."
School Library Journal

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419709715
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Splintered Series , #2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
203,668
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


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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Unhinged 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
terferj More than 1 year ago
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. ♥
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Lilly_Angel More than 1 year ago
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. 
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I am deeply grateful to both to Kristen, owner of the My Friends Are Fiction blog &amp; 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&rsquo;t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland&mdash;where she (partly) belongs. As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus&rsquo;s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he&rsquo;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&rsquo;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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fabulous. Talk about a love triangle.a must read for fantasy lovers.
Asand More than 1 year ago
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....
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
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&rsquo;t received my expected dosage of Wonderland. I understand why Alyssa doesn&rsquo;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&rsquo;s writing style is simply outstanding. Though the story of Unhinged wasn&rsquo;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&rsquo;s a real talent, one I wholly respect and admire. I&rsquo;m looking forward to Ensnared, which appears to be taking place more in Wonderland. Bring on that beloved world of awesome!
JenacideByBibliophile More than 1 year ago
I don’t want to give anything away that could ruin the story, so I am going to be as descriptively cryptic as possible. This book was a little less exciting compared to the first story, Splintered, but it was still packed with new turmoil and headaches. I feel like it might just be a stepping stone for the reader to prepare themselves for the third book (remember how they split the last Harry Potter book into two movies? This book is like the part 1, you need it to get to part 2). Don’t get me wrong, there is A LOT going on in this story. Alyssa almost drowns while on a date with Jeb, Morpheus starts showing up to school tempting Alyssa as usual, and she starts making mosaics with her blood. Her mother Allison is completely overbearing and overprotective, but considering she has been away for years in an insane asylum, you can’t really blame her. The main issue I had with this book is that my mind kept wandering, never a good sign. I just wasn’t as wrapped up in this book as I was with Splintered. This book was centered in the human realm and not in Wonderland, so it felt more like a teenage drama story than the awesome take on Alice in Wonderland that it was in the previous book. There are so many more important things that Alyssa COULD have been focused on, like the fact that Red is destroying Wonderland. Jeb’s character is played up so much by the author that Alyssa seems to always be looking like she’s less than him, which is probably why I am not the only reader who prefers Morpheus. The reader gets a bit more insight on the other sides of the characters in this story, but I could still care less about Jeb. Morpheus starts to show his sincere side to Alyssa to prove that not everything he does is selfish (apart from the vow he made Alyssa make ) , and Jeb is shown as having more faults and makes mistakes which is always refreshing for a character who seems so perfect. But in the end, it seems like the author really wants the reader to know that Morpheus is the darkness and Jeb is the light. I think the story finally started coming together and grabbing my interest again towards the end. Jeb finally has his memories back and remembers everything, and the craziness of Wonderland is brought to the human realm for an awesome battle. So in less words than more, you really need to read this book just so you can read Ensnared and know what is going on. I just started Ensnared today, but so far it is proving to be the epic wrap up to the series that I was hoping for.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
Having finally recovered from a horrid reading slump, I decided to take my destiny into my own hands and read A.G. Howard's splendidly delicious Unhinged ― the second book in the Splintered series. Withal, I must confess that I was quite reluctant to pick up the book at all, simply because Splintered didn't quite satisfy my thirst for a Wonderland escapade. Boy was I ever thankful I gave into my netherling instincts, not only did this steampunk fairy tale retelling satiate my cravings, but A.G. Howard's vision for Wonderland left a lasting impression; I am hooked! ___________________________________ WHAT I LIKED + The approach to detail in the Wonderland A.G. Howard has fashioned for us goes beyond perfection. I often marveled at her uncanny ability to mesmerize and reel me into places my imagination has not dared to venture. Albeit, the character designs, the hairstyles and outfits, the dark elements and characters from Lewis Carroll’s original books are all twisted in a hypnotic mesmerizing style, yet while initially jarring, they quickly grow on you and add a whimsical flavor to the overarching prose. + The interplay and developing relationships are truly what makes this series unforgettable. Like, the eccentric relationship between Morpheus and Alyssa (which is an obvious highlight and sordid obsession of mine), the whimsical humor which is often upheld by underestimated wit and a perfect sense of timing which you rarely see executed with such charisma and deftness, but more impressive still is how the banter and dialogue were given special care and attention to detail to boot. This is evident in how the friendships and relationships between our trio consistently evolve. It goes without saying, Morpheus is the pick of the cast, and serves as a case in point. He’s perfectly complex, plucky, full of wit and snark; needless to say, his propensity to make recklessly awesome comebacks makes him an even more endearing and masterful creation. + Speaking of our trio, in my previous review of Splintered , I expressed my resentful distaste for the tug-of-war love triangle found in this series. While essentially mentally draining in the first book, I actually quite enjoyed the rivalry and tension found in Unhinged. Granted, I was extremely irked 90% of the time with Alyssa’s vexatious and petty plot choices, but my afflictions were appeased as we neared the end of the story. (view spoiler) THINGS THAT MADE GO HMMM. . . - Sadly for me, the plot in Unhinged found itself occupying an awkward middle ground between a series of random misfortunes and a consistent storyline. Not only that but the compromise to make these two components actually work resulted in a somewhat winded storyline with no real focus. Granted, the story does lurch toward the direction of the plot development, but most of the momentum is swallowed down by the sideways motion. In retrospect, there is nothing essentially bad with the plot’s trivial tangents (on which Alyssa gaily embarks on); in fact, they make up most of the story’s engrossing and enjoyable moments! Nevertheless, their presence alone did stymie the flow of the main story and bogged down most of the chapters. Full Review @ http://www.mysoulcalledlife.com/2016/08/11/book-review-unhinged-splintered-2-by-a-g-howard/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read it you won't be sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you think you know Alice and wonderland...this book had me reading till the end. I love the character's and can't wait to read the 3 rd book.
Trinitytwo More than 1 year ago
In Splintered, book 1 of the Splintered series, author A.G. Howard demonstrates to her readers that Wonderland is real, but its reality is much more garish, vicious and deranged than Lewis Carroll dared to reveal. Book 2, Unhinged, takes place a year after Alyssa Gardner's return. Alyssa is a descendant of the original Alice and her harrowing adventures in Wonderland have left an indelible mark on her and her family. As her senior year comes to a close, she is looking forward to her immediate future; attending prom, studying art at an English college, and being close to her boyfriend Jeb. However, Alyssa's art has begun mimicking her nightmares and she finds herself creating disturbing and violent images of Queen Red rampaging and destroying Wonderland and its occupants. She soon discovers that her netherling companion, Morpheus, has crossed into her world in human form with hopes of trying to persuade her to return to Wonderland and set things right. But Morpheus isn't the only inhabitant from Wonderland that has crossed into the human world. To protect those she loves, Alyssa must finally embrace her heritage and the dark magical madness that gives her power. I am seriously enthralled with this YA series. Howard's reinvention of Wonderland is absorbing and fascinating. I'm continually impressed that Howard finds the perfect balance of making the weirdly bizarre positively believable. Alyssa is a great hero. The nature of her dual citizenship gives her a Jekyll and Hyde persona and I have to admit celebrating when she goes full Hyde. She longs for a normal human life and is willing to fight for that, but also recognizes her obligations to Wonderland and her internal struggle for balance feels very realistic. To read the review as originally posted, please go to The Qwillery blogspot at the following link. http://qwillery.blogspot.com/2015/11/review-unhinged-by-g-howard.html
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Okay so I thought the first book was good. It has its moments but I still liked it. Now for the sequel, I’m giving this a 3 for the first half and 3.5 for the second half or when the story was moving forward. I still liked it but didn’t love it. The pacing was fine. It was when Alyssa wasn’t doing anything Wonderland related that I was getting a little bored. And that love triangle, the romance between her and Jeb, etc. I just didn’t care that much. Honestly I’m reading this because of Morpheus, by far the most interesting character in this. Even Alyssa’s mom was more interesting. And the story of course. It seemed there was a lot of misunderstandings and miscommunication going with everyone. I was like, seriously could one of you just please explain or I don’t know tell each other what’s going on? It got a little annoying at times. The writing style was pretty good and the way the book looked was also good. Anyway, despite its flaws and that beautiful cover, this was a good sequel. Not as good as the first but still good. Looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
I made this mistake of reading Ensnared immediately after I finished Unhinged. There was no pause, no break. I put down Unhinged and picked up Ensnared, which was sitting right next to me, without hesitation. Well, I guess this isn't technically a "mistake" unless you're in the review business. Then it makes for rather tricky review writing because everything kind of blends together. However, that is how good these two books (and this series) are. I was so engrossed and wrapped up in the story of Alyssa, Morpheus, Jeb, and Wonderland that I could not wait to find out how in ended! This is one of the nice thing about binging on series - the nonstop reading! Not having to wait a year, or more, to find out what happens next. I'm not going to go too in depth with the plot details since this is a review for both books in a series, but my inability to wait between these two books speaks volumes. A.G.'s writing is amazingly detailed. I picture myself in our world, Wonderland, and AnyElsewhere. She entrances her readers with her words, imagery, and characters. In Splintered, Alyssa went through a rather large character development, but it's nothing compared to what she goes through in Unhinged and Ensnared. And while some novels focus their development on the main character a lone, upon finishing Ensnared, there is an obvious development within Morpheus and Jeb as well. These three have been through so much that I wouldn't imagine them coming out of it unchanged. And if they hadn't, I would call foul and it would definitely take away from the beauty of the series. The love triangle aspect of the series is still present and perhaps a bit more prominent in these two novels. I know many people are anti-love triangle, and on occasion I am too, but the tension between Alyssa and Morpheus makes them one of my favorite YA couples. I could not get enough of their interaction and found myself rereading some of the scenes between them because I couldn't get it enough. Jeb on the other hand had to grow on me. I was very anti-Jeb after I finished Splintered and after Unhinged, but around the middle of Ensnared, I found myself appreciating him and his feeling for Alyssa. The ending to this series is perfect. I read the epilogue twice upon finishing Ensnared and chances are I'm going to be reading it again once I finish this review. Even a few days after finishing Ensnared my mind would randomly drift to it's perfection, beauty, and magic.
momomonster More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn't love this trilogy? I can't help but think of the perfect dream lover when reading about Alyssa and Morpheus. The witty banter between the two, the underlying thoughts and feelings behind Morpheus' actions, and the high opinion he has of himself make Alyssa [and me!] love him and hate him at the same time! A definite must-read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not a disappointment I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasies and adventure
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
UNHINGED is a testament to the author's brilliant imagination.  Logic wrapped in nonsense ... UNHINGED by A.G. Howard is the second book in the author's fantastic Splintered series. The series is a fractured Tim-Burtonish-style retelling of Alice of Wonderland, a favorite fairy tale of mine growing up. I'm listening to this series in audio. I actually listened to the last twenty minutes of this particular audible sitting in my garage; There was just no way I could stop it without hearing the end. The ending of this one is a terrible cliffhanger that left me reeling. It's one of those cliffhangers to end all cliffhangers endings. Thank goodness, I have ENSNARED, the next and final book in this trilogy, ready to go.  The works of art that the author has utilized for her covers are what drew me to the series in the first place. I was so mesmerized that I did a bit of research on them. Credit for the creation of the bizarrely offbeat covers are due to the combined talents of cover designer Maria Middleton and artist Nathalia Suellen. KUDOS to both of them! The covers are magnificent! This is a series that needs to be enjoyed in order. I speak from experience as I initially tried to jump right into book three, ENSNARED, and was immediately hopelessly lost. When it hadn't gotten any better by the third chapter, I stopped. However, I was so determined to read this series, I purchased the first two books and started listening from the beginning. I'm so glad I did as the series is obsession-inducing. Just know that while there are series that can be enjoyed without reading the prior books - this is not one of them. Alyssa is the awesome heroine in this series. She is our pseudo Alice.  Our heroes are Jebediah &quot;Jeb&quot; Holt and Morpheus. Jeb has been Alyssa's human best friend since childhood. He is her gallant knight. chivalrous and caring. He's driven a bit too much by his own art but Jeb would die for Alyssa; He proved that in the first book. I hate that the Wonderland characters all seem to believe that Jeb is fair game to manipulate and use for their own purposes.  Morpheus is sexy and forbidden, manipulative and arrogant. He's a moth who can shift into a human. He's unscrupulous and he has a history of misleading Alyssa and putting her squarely in harm's way... but that's part of what makes him a delicious bad boy. This book picks up a year after SPLINTERED, the first book, ended. Alyssa's mom is out of the asylum and they are repairing their mother/daughter relationship. Alyssa and Jeb have been happily dating for a year. Alyssa no longer uses bugs in her art - she's moved to a different medium. Alyssa's human life is put into peril when she discovers that Wonderland is in trouble. Red is wreaking havoc there and only Alyssa can stop Red and save Wonderland. Will Alyssa give up her human life to save Wonderland? My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Check it out there... 4 Wine Glasses!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and wonderful series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really? Do you need a review? If you read the first one there's no way you didn't read and love the second...and the third.
MadisonNicole More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I am most definitely a huge fan of this series so far. I knew that after reading the last book that Alyssa was going to have issues with her two halves and her two men but I have to say that I can't stand that she seemed to hate her netherworld side. also, I still hate Jeb That being said, I loved that you get to see her grow more into her powers and I also like that there is a twist to her mother's story. The ending was amazing in a twisted way. I hate that the rabbit hole was clogged but I LOVED how she did as her mother did with the teacup and that she finally seemed to embrace her netherworld side at the end. Can't wait to see whats next! Also, the idea of her getting to be with both of the two guys in the sense that she was going to have two futures was a pretty good idea. I know that a lot of people wont be happy with that outcome but I think its pretty swee
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS  Honestly, I loved Splintered, so I was fully expecting to love this book. And I did love it, of course! And A.G. Howard surprised me again! Alyssa is back at home, finally able to have a semi-normal life. Not really. Her mom is out of the asylum and she's dating Jeb, but her work in Wonderland isn't done. She is part Wonderland after all. But Morpheus becoming a student at her school doesn't make things easier. Especially since Queen Red isn't entirely gone. This book does have a bit of a middle book feel to it, but it's still exciting! This book has a completely different vibe than the first book. This book takes place in the real world, with Wonderland seeping in from time to time. It was very interesting and well done! And it was still very imaginative!  It was very interesting seeing Wonderland in the real world, especially Morpheus. I still love Morpheus, even though I still can't tell what exactly his motives are. I like Jeb. I honestly think Jeb gets too much, not hate, but dislike? from all the fans of the series. He's a really sweet guy and obviously loves Alyssa. Morpheus is still awesome. IN CONCLUSION  Overall, this was a really great sequel! A.G. Howard does it again! If you loved the first book, you will not be disappointed by this one! If you haven't read the first book. what are you waiting for?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series i have ever read, thanks for making such great books. You should make it into a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Topiangirl More than 1 year ago
With the sequel of A.G. Howard&rsquo;s debut, Splintered, Unhinged is a marvelous addition to the retelling of Alice in Wonderland. The madness of Howard&rsquo;s writing is captaining and awe-inspiring. Even though it's a much darker version of the known story, it still holds the spirit of the childhood tale. The characters, the dialogue, even the actions while in Wonderland or in this case, not in Wonderland, feels unique and fresh. Every character has their own way of speaking, their own personality, and it's so easy to be immersed within the elegantly described world. Much like her debut, Unhinged&rsquo;s artwork is unbelievably beautiful and getting lost in it is easy. With Morpheus&rsquo; face on the cover you find your imagined impression of him coming to life, sharping under that fine details of each stroke of color. It&rsquo;s been a year since Alyssa&rsquo;s first adventure to Wonderland with Jeb. A year since she&rsquo;s been back, gotten her mother out of the prison of the asylum and a year since she and Jeb began dating. Things are nice, normal even. But Wonderland is still on her mind, if distantly, coming to life through her artwork still. She still hears the chattering of bugs and plants, though she no longer uses them in her art mosaics. She&rsquo;s now finishing up her senior year at school and has plans to go to London for college and live with Jeb in a flat somewhere. But then the unexpected happens. It is like bits of Wonderland are finding their ways into her normal world, more so than the usual oddness she dealt with on a daily basis. And Morpheus is soon to follow, bearing bad news, hidden in a dozen riddles as usually. Red, the evil ex-queen, is on the loose and wreaking havoc, wanting Alyssa back in Wonderland so she can use her body to rule her once kingdom. Alyssa must again face the enemy, but how do you find your enemy when she has no body. Madness. Still Alyssa is dealing with a love triangle that seems to be more on her mind than dealing with the problems at hand. However, seeing Alyssa&rsquo;s mother back in the story more and taking a more pivotal role is quite enjoyable. Seeing parents in a YA novel is refreshing and even more so when not just in the background as though their children do not have some kind of guidance and structure. Howard paints vivid details on the world and the story that it is involved in, giving a bit more of the background of Alyssa&rsquo;s family and Wonderland. Though both her debut and sequel Howard gives us different telling with in the same story. In Splintered we were presented with the dark side classic world of Wonderland and it even more disturbing characters, and in Unhinged we are given more fodder and adventure of the characters, even without being in Wonderland itself. The thought of how Ensanred the third book that follows this amazing rendition of Lewis Carroll&rsquo;s Alice in Wonderland, has my nerves elated with excitement. I cannot wait to see where the story takes Alyssa, the world of Wonderland, and the rest of the character to.