The first time I came across this book, I was enchanted by the cover. Those vivid colors just make it so intriguing. But then on top of that, it's an Alice in Wonderland story? What? I've been looking forward to this book for a long time! Now, Splintered is being released tomorrow (Jan.1), so make sure you look out for it!
Here's the summary from Goodreads: Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong to bear, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own. Unless she fixes the things her great-great-great grandmother Alice put wrong, Wonderland will have her head.
What I Liked: 1) This story just leaps off the page and comes to life. Much like the cover, the details are vivid and lush, creating a lifelike setting both above and below the rabbit hole. Once I was in it, I felt almost resentful of the things that made me come back to reality. It's the descriptions that drew me in more than anything. 2) Jeb. Heh. Jeb was awesome. As Alyssa's best friend, Jeb has a huge role to fill, and he does it really well. He's a sweet guy, but he also doesn't hesitate to be honest with Alyssa, which is a refreshing thing in a guy/love interest/what have you. I also liked how protective he was. 3) The Mysterious Mister Morpheus. There were a lot of things I liked about Morpheus, but the main thing is who he represents from the traditional Alice story. And no, I won't tell you. You'll have to read it to find out. But it's not who I would have expected, though once I figured it out, I could see the subtle hints leading up to it. I also liked how everything was a riddle to him. Though, this isn't necessarily specific to Morpheus, it's more a Wonderland thing. It's easy to see what it is about him that draws Alyssa in, because he's dark and mysterious, and even left me wanting more. 4) The connections to Lewis Carroll's story. This isn't a retelling, and I've been careful not to categorize it as such. Instead it's more of an...expansion. An addition. Or, even an exploration of the original narrative. But for anyone who is loyal to the original story, don't worry. So much of what I loved appeared here, for Alyssa to experience just as Alice had.
What I Didn't Like: Nothing. Loved it all!
Overall Thoughts: I was completely enchanted by Splintered. It completely epitomized Book Love for me, that giddy, happy feeling that I get when I fall in love with a book! As a result, I think I talked about it for days. But I digress. The beautifully lush details, it's loyalty to the original story, the mystery and creativity all come together to make this a MUST READ. Trust me when I say you don't want to miss this one!
My Rating: 5 shots
I received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.