Friday, December 28, 2012
Splintered by A. G. Howard
Release Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Pages: 384

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, 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.
*A copy of this book was received from Amulet for review. Thanks!*

Inky's Blurbings:
I. Love. This. Book. I mean will you look at the freaking premise? Will you SWOON AT THE COVER?! Seriously. This book is gonna enchant you. Maybe even splinter you. And you call splinters, a bad thing. They so don't hurt in this case. 

The world building in this book was insanely good. I was surprised at how well I loved this dark, and I mean DARK retelling. I mean this is Wonderland...but it's not. It's Creepyland. I mean it's vivid, and a very unique twist on the classic fairy-tale. It's completely dark. Like ZOMBIE kinda dark! It was completely thrilling! And do you describe it? There are only so many adjectives in the world. Needless to say, it was very cool to see how she involved the poems like the Jabberwocky that we all know and love (I mean seriously, who doesn't?! It's the funnest poem to say!), and how it was all twisted. 

Alyss was a very interesting narrator. I can't think of anything that draws her away from the crowds of other MC's I've read about, but it's the situation you find her in that sets her apart. I mean bugs talking to you, driving you insane and then finding out you're from this magical land? I thought she handled things really well and was totally portrayed honestly for the situation. No abnormal reactions or stupid choices! And I kinda thought it was neat how she made bug art. I can totally give that too her. Haha. :D Could be a new thing. Dead bug art; Starry Night of Caterpillars...  

My GEEKY FANGIRL MOMENT in this book was when the word SPLINTERED showed up. I kinda love when books do that! I feels so much more meaningful and like...perfect. Every time that happens in a book I'll be like "Meeep!" Or like this on the inside...

You want to know what I think of the romance in this book? I. FREAKING. LOVE. IT. Two boys. One girl. Oopsies a problem! The skater boy best friend versus the dark bad fairy boy. If you can even call him a fairy. Both have extremely hot qualities. I'm not even kidding. They're so different and yet so hot.

Morpheous is that darkly handsome and mysterious boy with a strange connection to our heroine. The one she knows from the darkly magical world of Wonderland. Whereas, Jeb, oh my gosh JEB. He's the best friend. The one you've liked your whole life but know could never be yours. They are both so complex and...beautiful intriguing, and....*FANGIRL* I'm so confused. Splintered in so many places. 

But to tell you the truth, my heart belongs to Jeb. I'm a sucker for the best friend. And Jeb is like the epitome of best friends! Well one of them any way. Sure, he's a bit stubborn and protective, but it was HOT Pigheadedness. (I approve this word) But I was like chanting his name in my head the whole time..and he's still! I feel like a fangirl! (The True Confessions of the Inkinator). I'm still in that after-stage of swoony. Like this..

I'm Buzz, if you didn't get it. 

Okay and I still love love Morpheous...but I'm indulging my best friend guilty pleasure. Course, why am I being all defensive?

I LOVE JEB!!!!!!!!!

So yeah. I kinda heart this book. Vivid, romantic and gripping, this book will appeal to fans, and un-fans of the original Alice. I totally recommend this book to eager readers of all things dark, magical and romantic!

Content: Mild
(a few instances of mild language/innuendo. Kisses)
(Hot diggity! This book rocked my socks off. Lit-ER-ALL-EE. Run to the bookstore/Amazon right now and indulge yourself in pre-ordering some dessert!)

So! Splintered was awesome! And you guys only have to wait out the weekend for this book! Okay, and a day. I totally suggest clicking the above link and pre-ordering! It's not to late, and you WANT this book on your shelf. I promise. If you have read this book already what did you think? Happy Friday! XOXO,


  1. This book sounds really good, I can't wait to read it! Great review.

  2. Wow! You didn't like this book at all, did you?! I love the GIF's! I haven't read this yet but I definitely will now after this review! <3

  3. OH MY GOD! WE ARE BOTH SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! I'm glad your heart belongs to Jeb. :P He's the hot sexy best friend and that's AAAAWESOME! There was so much swoon in that romance. Like the quotes I put in my review... *fan fan fan*

    I so want a hardcover copy of this book.. but ugh... I'm kind of on a physical book buying ban. :( :( :( :( :(

    1. I KNOW RIGHT? I liked Morpheus but yes, he's for a sure an uneeded distraction from the true hotness. :D YES! You had EPIC QUOTES. I like Melted again when I read them. Lol.

  4. Bwahahahaha! I am still laughing out loud over your Buzz gif! Seriously. Not a chuckle, not even a guffaw. It was burst out loud laughing. (BEST. GIF. EVER for silly swoony fun.)

    Looks like you may have loved Morpheus a leeettle more than I did, but at least you acknowledged his creepiness. ;)

    Great review. Lots of fun reading it!

    1. HAHA! Thanks Jenna! I do have fun with my GIFS. :D Haha! Yeah Morph for sure has the creepy factor. :D Thanks!!

  5. Oh I was excited to read this book before but your review just put me over the edge! I need this book now!! Fantastic review!! :)

    1. You do need to get it! :D Luckily it's out come Tuesday!

  6. Well, I have read so many positive reviews about this book. I love the premise, a descendant of Alice in wonderland? I have never read fairy-tale retelling, but this sounds so intriguing
    GREAT review, Hannah
    Your reader,

    1. THANKS SOMA! Haha. It's really cool! You must get on it!

  7. Yes the cover is GOR-GE-OUS! This book sounds like a must read. Thanks for the review!

  8. I have seen so many good reviews of this one, I am so excited to read it because after I heard that Alice In Zombieland had nothing to do with the original I was disappointed. Great review!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  9. Thanks for the great review, it's made me want to read this book even more. I actually got a copy last week and I agree with you, the cover is GORGEOUS! I don't know if everyones copy has this but the print in mine is purple, SO COOL! I get what you mean as well about when the title shows up in the book and you find out how it ties in, I get so excited about that too. The guys in this sound so swoonworthy. Might just have to move this book up my tbr pile. Happy Reading! :)


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