Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Splintered by A.G. Howard {Thoughts On}



Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Pages: 371
Genre: YA


First, that cover. Oh my. Even more gorgeous in person. I die. 

I was so looking forward to this one and even though I really liked it, it seemed to drag on a bit. Not sure if it was because I read it during the later hours of a read-a-thon or because I just wasn't in the mood for something that took brain power to follow. Either way, I took longer reading this one than I thought I would.

Most readers know the story of Alice in Wonderland, even if we haven't read the actual book. Splintered was a darker take on the story. Alyssa was a fun character and I liked that she was a skater. Unique. The first of the book sets up the question of her sanity since she hears insects and plants talking. Not normal. 

Once the story shifted to Wonderland, the pace picked up and the action never stopped. I could so clearly picture that world that I actually had a dream about it one night. Chaotic and strange, it was interesting how Howard set up this alternate world.

The other main character, Jeb, was a bit of a pain to me. It wasn't that I disliked him but I didn't really understand their relationship. Seemed too plot convenient at times. And the descriptions of his labret drove me a bit mad. 

The Butterfly Threads store was a place that I not only want to shop at, I want to OWN. Oh the delight.

I wish there had been more with the Hatter because he was my favorite part of the book by far. I found those sections to be really fun.


Overall I was impressed with the storyline and the world building and look forward to reading the next one!

2 comments:

  1. I have this on my e-reader, and I'm excited to give it a go when I'm in the mood for it. I'm not terribly fond of the original Alice in Wonderland (I'm weird), but I love new takes on it.

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    1. I read it during the April read-a-thon and it was really late. I think that I would have enjoyed it more at another time. It was good just wasn't as good as everyone said. I *did* enjoy it though...don't want to sound like it wasn't good at all.

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