By A. G. Howard
This attractive debut captures the gruesome insanity of a paranormal under-land, in addition to a girl’s pangs of old flame and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of insects and flowers—precisely the sickness that landed her mom in a psychological medical institution years sooner than. This relatives curse stretches again to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life thought for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
. Alyssa should be loopy, yet she manages to maintain it jointly. For now.
whilst her mother’s psychological wellbeing and fitness takes a flip for the more severe, Alyssa learns that what she inspiration used to be fiction is predicated in terrifying fact. the genuine Wonderland is a spot a ways darker and extra twisted than Lewis Carroll ever permit on. There, Alyssa needs to go a chain of assessments, together with draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the snoozing tea occasion, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to mend Alice’s error and store her kinfolk. She also needs to come to a decision whom to belief: Jeb, her attractive ally and mystery weigh down, or the attractive yet suspicious Morpheus, her consultant via Wonderland, who could have darkish reasons of his own.
learn the entire books in the manhattan instances bestselling Splintered sequence: Splintered (Book 1), Unhinged (Book 2), Ensnared (Book 3), and Untamed (The better half Novel).
Praise for Splintered:
"Fans of darkish fable, in addition to of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will discover a lot to like during this compelling and innovative novel."
—Bulletin of the guts for kid's Books
"Alyssa is among the most unusual protagonists i have encounter shortly. Splintered is darkish, twisted, totally riveting, and a really romantic tale."
"Brilliant, since it is bold, artistic, and infrequently striking — a latest transforming of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow towards Tim Burton’s 2010 movie version."
—The Boston Globe
"It’s a deft, advanced metamorphosis of this children’s fable made extra engaging via competing romantic pursuits, a psychedelic environment, and extra mad violence than its original."
" Protagonist Alyssa...is an unique. Howard's visible mind's eye is greater. The story's creepiness is fascinating as horror, and its hypnotic tone and atmosphere, on the intersection of insanity and creativity, may still sweep readers down the rabbit hole."
"While readers will have fun with such recognizable scenes as Alyssa ingesting from a bottle to diminish, the richly distinct scenes that stray from the unique will attract the mind's eye. those adventures are certainly wonderful."
"Attention to gown and surroundings render this a visually wealthy read..."
"Wonderland is full of a lot that's not as exceptional as could be anticipated, and but, it really is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her actual nature. the canopy with its swirling tendrils and bugs surrounding Alyssa would certainly allure youngster readers who won't disenchanted with this magical, edgy tale."
—Reading at the present time Online
"Creepy, descriptive learn with a beneficiant dollop of romance."
—School Library Journal
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