So… Splintered by A.G. Howard. Oh, my Goodness. I really wasn’t expecting it going in, but I can honestly and truly say that out of the vast majority of books that I’ve read over my life, out of the thousands of stories that I’ve drank down… this is honestly on my top 3 list of favorite books. I was so completely delighted and shocked by it, amazed and enthralled with the story! It’s one of the best things that I’ve ever read, and I’m only just managing to tear myself away from reading the second novel Unhinged to write this so that I can sing the litany to the book gods in praise of this book.
I’m going to try to be as unspoilerish as possible with this review, but I really and truly think that each and everyone of you, dear readers, should pick this book up asap and drink it down like a mad cup of tea.
So, first of all… the writing style is actually really captivating. The language and descriptions are beautiful, and it’s fast paced and easy to keep up with. The entire book is that way, the plot is fast paced, the characters wits and developments are fast paced. It’s wonderful. It’s beautifully written… it’s astounding.
So… to give you a nice little synopsis of the book, our main character Alyssa has been hearing the bugs and the flowers talk since puberty – she’s related to the Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and it’s a thing that all of the females in her family are a bit crazy. Her mother is on that list. However, which she finds out that there is more to the Alice story than meets the eye, she gets sucked into the REAL Wonderland, along with her best friend and longtime crush Jeb… lured by the wings of a moth. There, she finds out that the stories that Alice told were childsplay… and she’s thrown into a torrent in an attempt to break a curse and save her family.
>_> <_< Yeah. Amazing.
Okay. Now, allow me to say something a few times.
morpheus. Morpheus. MORPHEUS! Oh my freaking GOD Morpheus. My. Favorite. Freaking. Character.
Oh my God. I love him. He’s amazing. He’s astounding. He’s wonderful, he’s charming. He’s… mmm mmm mmmm! I won’t give anything away about who he is… but hoshit. I love him.
Alyssa and Jeb are great characters as well, along with the others that we meet throughout the book. The character development, and us seeing Alyssa embrace the madness of Wonderland throughout the pages? Astounding. Honestly. I can’t speak the praises of this book enough without giving anything else away. Just get it. Read it. Pick it up. Buy it. You won’t regret it!
10/10 stars. 100/10 stars. I love it! GO GET IT! What are you waiting for?
(Check out my review for the second novel, Unhinged HERE!)
Until next time, Keep reading (Splintered ^___^) and writing!
Author Amanda McCormick