Ensnared (Splintered #3)

Ensnared (Splintered, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Splintered
Unhinged

Synopsis:

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world–a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

Thoughts:

Ooh, this is going to be quite a hard review to write, because I don’t want to spoil it for those that haven’t read Splintered or Unhinged yet. I will say that Ensnared is as weird, wonderful and creepy as ever. I just love the creative world that A.G Howard has created inspired by Lewis Carroll and Tim Burton’s work.

Alyssa is on a mission in Ensnared to search for her mother. We meet Jeb and Morpheus again in the weird and wonderful Wonderland as Alyssa and her Dad begin the search and try to salvage Wonderland from the destruction it is suffering from.

I have always been torn between Jeb and Morpheus, much like Alyssa is during the series. I still feel the same way. In one scene I lean more towards Morpheus, in the others I lean more towards Jeb. A.G Howard has really created some fantastic characters. I can totally see why most readers are fond of Morpheus though. He definitely is alluring! 😉 Talking of Morpheus, he really does shine in this book. I ADORE him. As for how the romance plays out… I won’t say. I don’t want to ruin it. I was fine with how it came to the end, but I can see why it does annoy some people.

I’m sad that this trilogy has come to the end, but I think it has come to an end at the right time. I hate it when books are drawn out unnecessarily. I will just miss Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus and the creepy Wonderland.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I LOVE this world that has been created! A.G Howard has reinvented Wonderland magnificently!

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Unhinged (Splintered#2)

Unhinged (Splintered, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Splintered

Synopsis:

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

Thoughts:

It had been a while since I had read Splintered which is A.G Howard’s twisted reimagining of Alice in Wonderland. So it was with much trepidation that I picked up Unhinged. Now I’m wondering why it took me SO long to read it. It didn’t let me down and now I can’t wait to read Ensnared. I shall be reading it ASAP!

Unhinged follows Alyssa one year after her adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa is drawn back into that crazy world into a battle against the Red Queen. Most of Unhinged takes place in Alyssa’s ‘normal’ world, but much of the Wonderland Weirdness seeps through into Alyssa’s life. I absolutely adored the character of Morpheus in Unhinged. He’s as intriguing as ever as he tries to encourage Alyssa to return to Wonderland.

I can’t express how much I enjoyed reading this book. I loved how the normal and the weird entwined. I loved learning more about Alyssa’s family. I feel like all of the characters developed well within this book. I feel like I know them really well now and want to find out what’s going to happen next. I’m torn between Jeb and Morpheus. Both are wonderfully written male characters.

A.G Howard’s writing is just so easy to read. It’s imaginative, original and paints such a vivid picture for the reader. Her characters pull you in and keep you turning the pages!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic, well written addition to the Splintered series!

Splintered

Splintered

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers, precisely the problem that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. Surely, she tells herself, it has nothing to do with the fact that she is directly descended from Alice Liddell, the real life inspiration for Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. But when her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong to bear, Alyssa learns that she’s not mad but she must find the origins of a secret family curse. A series of clues leads her through a cracked mirror into the real Wonderland, a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There she must 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 all of his own.

Thoughts:

I have been wanting to read this book for a few months now. I think the first reason was because of its beautiful cover. Yes, once again, I’ve judged a book by its cover…with a cover as beautiful as this one it just had to be read! The second reason for me wanting to read Splintered is because I’ve always been intrigued by all things Alice In Wonderland. I’ve recently reread Alice In Wonderland and I felt surprised about how weird it actually was. I don’t remember being weirded out by it as a child but as an adult.. it really is a strange read.

Splintered was a wonderfully eerie fairy-tale. It was so detailed and descriptive that you could just imagine this version of Wonderland. I loved how the events in Splintered echoed Alice’s adventures. It was incredibly imaginative. Splintered is a great story in its own right though, it’s not a direct re-telling of Alice In Wonderland.

Alyssa was a great character. I love a strong character that’s not afraid to make mistakes. I liked that there was a little bit of romance although I never really warmed to Jeb. I found Morpheus a much more intriguing character.

A.G Howard really does have a talent for descriptive writing. The original characters of Alice In Wonderland become a lot more creepier in Splintered. Splintered is a fantastic read for any Alice in Wonderland or fairy-tale fan.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Dead Time- Anne Cassidy