“It’s pointless. Cards don’t have ears. And I no longer have a head.”
– Alyssa Gardner, Splintered
We all know of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and we’ve seen Disney’s classic animation as well as the movie with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter; but what if Wonderland wasn’t as wonderful as Carroll and Disney portrayed it to be?
Just the word ‘Wonderland’ sounds whimsical and inviting, you think of somewhere full of wonder and strange eccentrics as well as blithely creatures, like the Cheshire Cat or the always late White Rabbit. We know all about the adventures and the friends that Alice made in Wonderland and how no one believed her tall tales, but what if when Alice came out of the rabbit hole she came back with a secret no one else knew? What if Alice didn’t tell the whole truth about her adventures in wonderland?
A. G. Howard puts her own spin on the classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that will keep you wanting more, trust me you’ll never know what will happen next. The first thing that drew me to Splintered was the cover, I am a sucker for great covers. With such vibrant colors and a kind of creepy looking girl with piercing blue eyes and bright red lips, how could you not want to pick it up and AT LEAST skim through it’s crisp pages?? Then I was so captivated by the short and simple summary on the back, that I bought the book. And I was not disappointed.
While the first sentence in Splintered wasn’t as captivating as I had hoped after reading the summary, it was still intriguing. The chapter titles were pretty intriguing as well, giving you just a taste of what is to come. The main character, Alyssa, wasn’t the usual female lead I’d expected. A completely different personality from what the cover might portray; she keeps you thinking of the different possibilities that could happen and she’s relatable. She has certain feelings that we all carry and to read/see how she can deal with these feelings is a nice connection. A. G. Howard makes sure to connect to the reader and that is what I look for in a book.
Howard’s writing style is innate, her words and sentences have a classical flow that make the story easy to follow. Her descriptions of Wonderland and it’s creatures keep you reading, there’s something dark and twisted that reals you in with her choice of words. The tone used for the story line is genuine, and if you thought Wonderland was a topsy-turvey place before? Well just you wait, it’s gets a whole lot more ominous…
Alyssa Gardner, a descendant of Alice Liddell, takes you on a very different and darker adventure through Wonderland. Scared she’ll end up like all the other females in her cursed family, she travels down the retched rabbit hole unaware that her crush has followed her. Together, as well as with help from her childhood friend, Morpheus, they try to find a way to stop the madness and save her mother. Along the way they fix Alice’s mistakes and make some very “oh-my-goodness-there-is-no-way-that-just-happened” discoveries.
Slide down the rabbit hole with Alyssa and discover the dark secrets that poor little Alice forgot to mention when she came back from her adventures because you’ll be in for quite the surprise…
Lots of Love,
Felie Fel ♥