This "WIR"-Wednesday I'm backtracking and beginning a series by an author I fell in love with while reading an ARC of her upcoming novel. I'm reading...
Splintered (Splintered Series #1) by A.G. Howard
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. 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.
Why I Chose This Book / What I Think So Far:
I chose to find this book after reading and falling in love with A.G. Howard's upcoming novel RoseBlood (review coming in January). At a recent trip to the library I picked up Splintered which is like a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I'm about 1/3 of the way in and I'm loving it. It's different than RoseBlood, but it's a good different. The only thing I initially didn't like was Alyssa's bug art. It's kind of gross. But as a character I like Alyssa and I'm already in love with Jeb but at the same time I'm eager to see where this story and the next two books in the series go.