"I've been collecting bugs since I was ten; it's the only way I can stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the gut of an insect shuts it up pretty quick.”
Okay, here it is, as promised, my very first review on my book blog is SPLINTERED by the wonderful and sweet (she is one of the kindest authors ever), A.G. Howard. I was introduced to this book by two 13 year olds, RABBIT and WHISPER, from the book club I belong to on a Harry Potter site. When I found out Splintered was a story about the great-great-great granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the original Alice: ALYSSA GARDNER, I was somewhat hesitant to read it because I had been spoiled by the excellent parallel novels of Maguire, written about Oz.
One day, during a drought of new offerings from my favorite authors, I saw the breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL cover of SPLINTERED staring at me from a display in my favorite local library, so I picked it up, brought it home, and was almost immediately sucked into Alyssa's life...
even before she fell into Howard's reimagined gruesomely dark and crazy Wonderland!!
This isn't your childhood Wonderland, so be prepared to be both SHOCKED and AWESTRUCK by the author's demented, down-the-rabbithole realm, characters, and adventures. For example, the White Rabbit, he is not so much a rabbit.
Alyssa still has to...
There is also the YA staple of ROMANCE complicated by a love triangle, but it is unlike any other triangle you have read about before. Alyssa is torn between her real world skater boy, JEB...
“Jeb releases my fingers and cups my face in his hands, barely touching me, like I'm breakable. "It's me I'm losing control of. Hundreds of sketches, and I still can't get enough of your face." He traces the dimple in my chin with his thumb. "Your neck." His palm moves along my throat. "Your..." Both hands find my waist and drag me off the table so we're standing toe to toe. " I'm not wasting another second drawing you," he whispers against my lips, "when I can touch you instead." He presses his mouth to mine.”A.G. Howard
AND a fickle fashionisto Wonderland Netherling who likes to morph into a moth.
Find out more about the artist behind this extraordinary artwork HERE.
You can watch the book trailer HERE.