By A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
I probably shouldn’t be throwing down a prediction that the second book I’m reviewing in 2013 is going to end up on my Best of the Year list, but I’m pretty comfortable that Splintered will be there. I was completely captivated, swept up in the danger and romance of the story and for once, when I looked at the progress bar at the bottom of my Kindle it wasn’t to see how close I was to finishing, it was to make sure I had a lot more book to read still. I didn’t want this story to end.