Splintered by A. G. Howard
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
Goodreads Stars: 3
Guys, I’m disappointed. Given the hype surrounding this book, I was expecting a retelling of epic proportions. But that’s not what happened at all, and I ended up getting ridiculously bored halfway through and I was so close to just skimming it.
Things I Liked:
– The beginning. Captivating, enticing, fairly unique… The first third of the book was everything you could want. It captured me from the very first page. I remember thinking “YES, I am going to LOVE this” after I had finished the first chapter. Howard introduced the world and the mystery surrounding Alyssa’s heritage really well, and I couldn’t wait to find out more. The initial scenes in Wonderland were also awesome, and I loved how the author mixed up the characters a little bit to make them unique to this story.
Things I Hated:
– Boring last two thirds. I struggled to get through it, I really did. After Alyssa and Jeb reached Wonderland, I was ready for some awesomeness. I mean, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and the Caterpillar must all be there in some shape or form, right? But no. After Alyssa spoke to the talking flowers and met up with Morpheus everything went downhill. If only it was all as good as the beginning.