Author: A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered, #1
Narrator: Rebecca Gibel
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Length: Novel (371 pages/12 hours)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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The only way Alyssa Gardner can silence the bugs’ voices is to push a pin through their wings and turn them into mosaics. She thinks she’s going crazy and it doesn’t help that her mother has already arrived there. Are they suffering from a family curse—the same thing that made their relative Alice Little of Alice in Wonderland fame go mad? Or is Alyssa simply garden-variety crazy? Childhood memories she’d lost begin creeping back in thanks to the appearance of an alluring winged man named Morpheus she once knew. He assures her she can save her mother from madness if she sets things right in Wonderland—a place that is very real and far more macabre and violent than the children’s book. Alyssa’s best friend Jeb gets caught up in the mess and soon Wonderland netherlings aren’t the only thing Alyssa must battle as she’s drawn into a love triangle.
Poor Alyssa is put through the wringer in Wonderland and the real world and I liked every moment of it. There’s plenty of action, heartbreak, and betrayal to keep you on your toes. And of course romance, I gotta have my romance! I don’t care that love triangles are overdone in YA, I love them, and this one is awesome. It certainly helps that the narrator Rebecca Gibel does a cockney accent for Morpheus. This is the first book in a trilogy, but there’s a satisfying ending that won’t leave you shouting at your car stereo.
I heartily suggest this for all Alice in Wonderland fans.