Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (16)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

So I'm cheating a little bit today because I just finished reading an amazing ARC that I can't resist putting in a plug for.

Goodreads Book Description: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. 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.

My rating: 5 out of 5

My Review: I requested this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Splintered by A.G. Howard joins the ranks in recent YA lit in taking a beloved classic children's tale and bringing it into a more contemporary setting. Many others have failed. Howard does not. Splintered is a darkly inventive, Tim Burtonesque Wonderland adventure that introduces us to a wonderful protagonist, Alyssa, a descendent of Alice Liddell who inspired Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland. A mental illness seems to afflict all the female descendants of Alice, and Alyssa herself starts hearing insects and plants speak, something that her own mother is currently in a mental institution for. Along with her best friend, Jeb, she realizes the world is not what it seems and will travel far and do the unthinkable to save her mother's life.

I don't want to give away any secrets from this novel because it's a marvelous adventure from start to finish. I absolutely adored the protagonist. She is young and malleable, properly so for her age, but she learns and grows as the book progresses. The pacing is very well done as secrets are revealed at the right time and place. Jeb is a wonderful love interest-- a guy that anyone would be lucky to be with. Morpheus, on the other hand, is a great foil and counterpart to Jeb. We can see how he entices Alyssa, but at the same time, frightens her. I love how Howard doesn't slip into the usual mistake of making him two dimensional-- he is very well developed and we can see how he has become what he is, and how he is not beyond redemption. I also want to mention how terrific each detail of Wonderland is-- Howard knows the story well and inserts delightful detail to all of her twisted creations.

Overall, I was extremely impressed by this novel-- a darkly enticing tale that turns Wonderland on its head-- in a way that only respects and amplifies the original. Howard is definitely an author to watch.

This should be on everyone's to read list. It's fantastic.

Just so you all know, I am going to host an interview with Morpheus, arguably the most fascinating character in the book in February with a kick butt giveaway of the book. Stay posted!

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  1. Thanks for stopping by my WoW. I've definitely seen this one around lately. Glad you really enjoyed it.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  2. Oh yay! This was one of my WoW books last month. My sister got an ARC, so I can't wait to read it! :)

  3. Thanks for visiting! I love Tim Burton. This sounds like a great read. I'm adding to my TBR list.

  4. I love the cover of this book - so stunning. It's already on my TBR list. I love it when an author does a good take on a classic. Your review makes me want to read it even more. :) Great pick for this week.

    Check out my WoW pick here.

  5. Love the cover and I have seen a lot of buzz for this one! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  6. thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your pick this week Ill have to add it to my list.

  7. Ooo Splintered! It is on my TBR/wishlist pile as well (along with seemingly everyone elses). Great pick and thanks for stopping by and commenting on my WoW I do appreciate it! ^.^

  8. Great pick and great review! Going to the top of my list. Thanks for stopping by my WoW. I'm a new follower.


    Anna @ Wandering Librarians

  9. I'm glad to hear this is good. I have it- now I just have to find time to read it.

  10. Great pick & amazing review. I've been seeing this book everywhere and while the cover is spectacular, I hadn't read a review for it yet. Adding it to my reading list now :D Thanks for sharing!

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    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  11. Thank you for your lovely comment on my WoW post! :)
    This book looks awesome - thanks for sharing. ^.^

    Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd

  12. I think I have another book I need to add to my TBR list!!! Thanks for spotlighting it and bring it to my attention!! Please check out my WoW!

  13. I can't wait to read Splintered, I think it sounds absolutely awesome! The cover for it is completely gorgeous too. Great pick!

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  14. I am really interested in this one, glad to hear you liked it!

  15. I LOVED this book! It was simply amazing so I totally agree with your 5 stars and review! I will definitely be back to see that interview!

  16. Yes so excited for this book! I haven't read it yet but I definitely plan on reading it soon. It sounds amazing! Great review, I'm happy you loved it!

  17. So cool that you're doing a giveaway and interview for this! I'm in the middle of reading it right now and it's SO good so far! Plus the COVER IS GORGEOUS! Thanks for stopping by Libby Blog today!

  18. Sounds wonderous! I'll be adding it to my list posthaste.
    If you get a chance, visit my WoW.

  19. SQUEE! I want this book soooo badly. It looks *literally* and sounds amazing! Awesome WoW choice.

    Thanks for stopping by The Book Slayer

  20. Hi, Christina!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my WOW!

    The minute I laid eyes on this book cover, I was drawn in. What a cover! Then I read the synopsis, and your review, and now...I GOTTA have this book!! I adore fairytale retellings, and this one sure seems to be very imaginvative! The concept is certainly intriguing. And your description of the characters makes me want to know more.

    Thanks for a wonderful review!! This one is a true WOW!! : )

    P.S. I'll definitely be back for the giveaway!!

  21. Aha! I've featured this in WoW before, so I'm also looking forward to it. XD

    Thanks for stopping by. ^_^