Book Review: A.G. Howard’s Splintered

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Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Published: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
ISBN13: 9781419706271
Format: Paperback
Series: Splintered
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

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.

Oh frabjous day! Callooh Callay! An amazing debut! Hooray!


The Commencement: Pardon the excitement, but this is one book that surprised me into wonder and love. I first found Splintered in some of the book blogs that I follow. I cannot really remember which ones because I just keep on browsing. There are a lot to keep track of. When I read that it was related to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I was very much intrigued. I used to dress a LOT like Alice ever since I was young. I even did my poetry recitation on Jabberwocky for my college literature class (and dressed like Alice again). I personally like fairy tale retellings or the like since I grew up watching or reading fairy tales, and loving them. I have actually read Splintered twice already, and still loved it the second time around.

The Cover: This is one of the most gorgeous book covers I have ever seen. I love it. I simply love it. This is what first brought me to reading Splintered. This is how I found the book really. I could not remember the title, but the cover was etched into my brain. I had to ask for our local bookstore’s help to find it. And when I first saw it at our bookstore’s window, I did a double take. I couldn’t believe my eyes that it was there already, and I simply NEEDED it. I love the cover so much that I’m using it as a wallpaper on my phone. My paperback copy also has purple font and that pretty banner for chapter headings. It is too damn pretty.

The Composition: The cover is as stunning as the content. As I stated earlier, I loved Alice in Wonderland as a child, and I felt like Splintered is the grown-up version of the book where we see Wonderland in a whole new light. A.G. Howard put a grotesque twist to the familiar world and characters that we came to love, while maintaining the love for the original work. Splintered made me want to read Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and watch the Disney movie again.

The narrative was riveting. There were a lot of unexpected twists and turns that had me hanging on the whole time.

I’ll admit that during second read-through, some of the lines were a little too cheesy. Sweet, but cheesy. I still liked it though, considering I love romance.

The Characters:

I love the characters in this book. Splintered provides a different outlook on all these familiar individuals from Carroll’s work. I was quite surprised by the dark characterizations. I thought I would be freaked out or something, but it was actually a nice interpretation – very interesting. It piqued my interest, making me want to encounter all the characters as soon as possible.

Alyssa Victoria Gardner (I LOVE her name) is the main character in the story. It is told in her perspective so you are able to look into things that are happening around her and inside her. She is afflicted by the curse of her family line, and she was driven to fix it to save her mother. She has a lot of spunk and character, and is motivated by the people she loves. She is sometimes too easily influenced by Morpheus though.

We have two main men in this story – Jebediah Holt and Morpheus. Jeb is Alyssa’s best friend and she has been in love with him for the longest time, but he has a girlfriend. I don’t really understand the way he thinks. He also has quite the temper. I don’t know if it’s his Italian blood or what. There were even a lot of bug insults from him, too. But he cares a lot for his loved ones and is quite protective of them. Morpheus, on the other hand, is Alyssa’s guide to Wonderland and has known her ever since she was young. Morpheus is a very beautiful, but manipulative netherling. It is difficult to say if he should be trusted at all, but he surely has a sweet spot for Alyssa that could make your heart flutter.

The Couple: Now this one was a little difficult because there is a love triangle in the story. And both guys are simply attractive! I’m not a big fan of love triangles, but I myself had a hard time choosing between the two guys. Both guys have their faults and both guys can be really sweet and caring. There were a lot of swoon-worthy moments. I am personally biased towards the British Morpheus though. (I am too obsessed with English boys)

The Charm: A.G. Howard was able to transform Wonderland into a macabre yet beautiful world. Her artful descriptions makes the world and characters come to life. She was able to paint vivid pictures into my imagination, and it made me feel inspired to create things that are as beautiful. A.G. Howard put the WONDER in Wonderland. (Okay. Is that too much? Sorry) The whole book was really just so beautiful. I loved every chapter. I especially love the clothes and Alyssa’s artworks.


The Conclusion: This book is filed with fantastic humor, romance, magic, action, and adventure. It’s Wonderland like you’ve never seen it before. I cannot do justice in sharing the beauty of this book, but it is truly marvelous. I really LOVE Splintered, and I simply cannot wait for the next installment!




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  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: A.G. Howard’s Splintered

  1. WOW! I love alice in wonderland. always have. im adding this to my list and will be writing my own review. thanks for sharing!

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