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.
About the Author
A. G. Howard is most at home when weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
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Alyssa, an artist and skater girl, is in her senior year of high school. Her mother has been in an insane asylum for most of her life and although Alyssa accepts this, she can’t accept that her mother, Alison, is truly crazy, especially when she starts to hear the same voices from the flowers and bugs that her mother complains about. Kids at school tease her about her lineage since she is a direct descendant from the original Alice (Liddell — yes, the one from Alice in Wonderland). So when she stumbles on a website that encourages her to look further into the Alice legacy, she starts to remember snippets of her childhood and that leads her down the rabbit hole for real. With her best friend, crush and next door neighbor, Jeb, along for the ride, Alyssa must struggle through a series of test which she believe will save her mother’s life and sanity. Jeb is a fascinating artist and full of love for Alyssa but doesn’t realize this yet.
Her childhood friend from Wonderland, Morpheus, is not quite evil, but not quite good either. Alyssa remembers playing with him for hours and her mother realizes that she needs to stay away from him which leads to an agonizing reaction that will forever shape Alyssa’s life. With her mother gone to the asylum, Morpheus is free is entice Alyssa to go down the rabbit hole again and with the promise of saving her mother, she goes willingly. Oh, and Jeb just happens to be at the right place at the right time and off he goes as well. The romance between Jeb and Alyssa is just perfectly swoon worthy.
The story follows the characters of Alice’s Wonderland but with much more insight and background which I found enthralling. I mean, I am a huge Alice fan and have read everything I can get my hands on about Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll. This is the best retelling I have read so far. The descriptions are painted so graphically and not a bit over done. The flavor of Carroll’s original shine through on every page and the dialogue reflects that as well. I love all the details Howard places and I was referring to my Alice copy as well. That took me a bit longer than normal to read this one since i wanted to get my references correct. This one is probably safe for even the youngest teen even though there are mentions of alcohol use, abuse, a bit of violence and a beautiful kiss. It even has the perfect fairy tale ending. SIGH.
- Reading level: Ages 14 and up
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Amulet Books (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419704281
- ISBN-13: 978-1419704284
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Thanks for the giveaway!
Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
Christina Fiorelli says
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I LOVE the reviews – which have all been awesome! – and the info about Alice Lidell and the story:)
Jessica Piazza says
I am super excited to read this one. It sounds amazing and I have read some really great reviews. Thanks for sharing this and for the giveaway!
I’ve been loving the reviews! The concept is brilliant. Can’t wait to read it and write my own review!!
I’m very excited! It sounds like such a good book. eclairre(AT)ymail(DOT)com
Michael @ The Bookshelf Review says
I didn’t know there was a blog tour, until today. I am excited about Splintered cause it sounds awesome and is based on Alice in Wonderland. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. =]
Sounds like a fantastic idea for a book, absolutely love the cover
Whats Beyond Forks? says
This is the first I’ve seen of the Splintered Tour so far, but I really enjoyed your post. I’m going to keep my eye out for this book. It sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.
the cover is very eye catching. i like that a lot of book lovers are getting the chance to win a copy of Splintered
Twisty J says
I have an Alice in Wonderland obsession, and this is one that I have had my eye on for some time! Thanks for the great tour and the chance to win.
Splintered definitely sounds like the book for me! So excited to finally read it. 🙂
Whitney M. says
I like the reviews! I’m excited to read this book!
Jennifer's Asylum says
OMG I have been DYING to read this book. I am obsessed with anything based on Alice in Wonderland. I pre-ordered Splintered on Amazon as soon as I heard about it.
As soon as I heard the book is a retelling of Alice and Wonderland and the story behind Lewis Carroll I got very exited to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!
Two reasons: The cover is gorgeous and I absolutely love Alice in Wonderland! Thanks for the giveaway.
This is also the first of the tour I’ve seen, but now I am quite exited. I’ve been eyeing this book for awhile because I love retellings!
Krystal Larson says
I love all of the reviews =)
I can’t wait to read this one because HELLO Alice in Wonderland is amazing! Also thought all the reviews were great!
I love everything Alice in Wonderland, so this book is definitely on my TBR list! Thanks very much for the awesome giveaway! I can’t wait to read it! 🙂
I’ve been following A.G. Howard’s blog for a while now, and I’m so excited to read her debut! It sounds so fantastic. Thanks for being a part of this tour. :]
Love the tour! And I can’t wait to read this book 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway! I have been enjoying all the recent Alice re-tellings, as I just finished Alice in Zombieland. I can’t wait to read this and add it to the list!
Amy Quinn says
“Off with their heads!” Yeah, Alice In Wonderland is rather dark. I’d love to see what happens in Splintered!
Carl Scott says
It sounds like a really interesting take on Alice and I love the cover as well. Thanks for hosting this.
I think this book sounds fascinating. I think it would be good as a indie film as well.:)
I love that this is based on Alice in Wonderland, which is awesome! 🙂
It sounds like a fantastic read and I’m hearing great things about it!
The cover is really eye-catching! I’ve enjoyed reading what the reviewers have to say about Splintered. Seems like a really great read!!
I am SO excited for this book! I have an interview coming up with her around January and am completely stoked! The cover is gorgeous and I love twisted re-tellings! Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂
BURIED IN BOOKS says
I have been so excited for this book to release, I’ve been waiting since last January for this one to come out! I love AG Howard’s blog. She had a beautiful montage on it. I have her playlist downloaded on Spotify. I can’t wait!!!
Tia Dalley says
I enjoyed finding out more about the author. I am looking forward to this book because it sounds dark and creepy.
Jaime Lester says
Well, this is my favorite part of the tour so far. It is also my first, but I don’t doubt it would still be my favorite! 🙂 And talking bugs and flowers? Ummm, YEAH!
K. April Holgate says
The book sounds fabulous! I love the cover art! It really draws you in!
I love following book tours. This book cover is beautiful and the storyline sounds great. I look forward to reading this!
Holly Bryan says
I’m on pins and needles waiting for this one to come out!!! I have been waiting for it since I first saw the cover during the cover reveal. How STUNNING – I think it takes prize for my most favorite cover of 2012. Or ever.
I’m also enjoying reading people’s reviews of the book – though they are also hard to read because they just make me wish even more that I had a copy RIGHT. NOW!!
Thanks for the giveaway! I love fantasy and this book sounds amazing!
O may just be terribly shallow, but I’m most excited about the cover!
Nicole Mainardi says
I’ve heard such amazing things about this book, and the cover is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Lisa Mandina says
I’m reading Splintered through Netgalley right now, and LOVING IT! I know I’m going to want to have my own actual copy. Thanks for the giveaway!
Great cover! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
I’m excited because the book sounds truly amazing! The cover looks incredible and I’ve read good reviews. I would love to win this to read!
Talina Perkins says
I’ve loving the reviews and I have been in love with the cover since seeing it! The blurb has grabbed my attention and I normally don’t read YA. 🙂
Thank you for the giveaway!
I can’t wait to read this one!!!
I’ve seen this book popping around in different blog. Thanks for the review. It looks awesome. I always love a twist to a classic story. Also thanks for the giveaway.
The book concept sounds awesome, and I’ve read some great reviews on the book. Looking forward to reading it.
Thanks for the giveaway!
I really like the different places of Wonderland with the pictures to go along with them! It is really interesting to see the interpretations of some of the places that I will hopefully get a chance to read about soon!
Thank you for the giveaway!
Megan Parsons says
Yes and I LOVE the cover!
Yes, I have. I love paranormal and YA, so would like to read this.
Thanks for the chance.
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Callie Vamp says
The reviews! o/
Charissa Jackson says
I think I might have to agree with what looks like almost everyone. I love reading the different reviews people give. This book sounds so good I can’t wait to read it.
Clever Girl says
I’m excited about everything. The story sounds intriguing and the cover is amazing.
Emily @ Falling For YA says
I just found out about the Splintered Blog Tour today! I love seeing all the glowing reviews ^^
Lil Berry says
This is my first stop in the blog tour I think and I am excited to see the retelling of Alice in wonderland, the last one I read was The looking glass wars and loved it so I want to give another retelling a chance 🙂
I love blog tours! It’s a great way to learn about new blogs as well as the books. I love re-tellings of classic stories. Like Scarlet, Cinder, Tiger Lily. It’s just great fun! Thanks for the chance to win!
I ADORE Alice’s Adventures, so this book is sure to be a 2013 favorite for me! Cannot wait to read it! XD
Bea Tejano says
I’ve been seeing so many great reviews about this book and I can’t wait to read it myself:) Thanks for the giveaway!
Birdhouse Books says
Splintered sounds like a great read!