This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, 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.
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Splintered offered a fun, romantic take on Alice in Wonderland. The characters were uniquely adapted to fit into the original ideas, but stood alone as there own developed identities. A little too much romantic "dilemma" for my taste, however, that being said, I really did enjoy this book.
GREAT Narration of this book. There seems to be so many new Alice in Wonderland stories, but this one is refreshingly dark and hauntingly enchanting.
Rebecca Gibel did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life and I could not imagine anyone else narrating these books!
A spectacular new twisted view of Wonderland. The familiar characters from my favorite classic seen through new eyes make this a great read. I highly recommend it to both YA and adults!
I thought this was an amazing book and a great story. I was only disappointed in one aspect of the story but I don't want to give away any spoilers but I do hope since there are more stories that there will be something to sort of fix that it seems she wrote herself to a corner and took the easy way out on one part. Otherwise great story and novel.
The main character was weak and the love interests were insane, but not in a good way. There were too many descriptions in the way of the actual plot line. I don't need 15 minutes of dialogue to tell me what somebody's tongue tastes like. It bordered on bad taste in some areas.
The concept was awesome, but didn't pull it off. This is definitely not the way a relationship should be. Neither of them. The morals and motives were questionable. One was a control freak who cheats. The other is a horny womanizer who wants to play with her head. In the times when they were both out of the way, the book was good. The way she acted with the two men aggravated me.
Had high hopes for it, but I actually found myself saying out loud "WHAT!? Are you kidding me??", or "Oh come ON!" more than a few times. Sadly I already bought the other two books that accompany this, so I guess I have to listen to them too. I would never have bought this if I had a longer preview. I really hope the other two books are better, because I already bought them.
The writer did show promise, she just needs to get out of the way of over-description and unhealthy male characters. If I had come across either of these two men, I probably would've knocked them out!
Rebecca Gibel gives life to characters with clear and balanced voices.
Alice in Wonderland has been done many times, in film and in book but well done here. Looking at a prospective from someone other then Alice. Life changes people yet it always has a trickle down effect. Here the tail surrounds the youngest of Alice's kin trying to fix what Alice herself damaged. While finding her self and breaking the family's curse. Yes it is written for the "Tweens" but a captivating story none the less. Mostly well built characters keep the story from stalling out and loosing the internets of older readers.
\m/ Austin, TX
Yes, great YA book. I have the series in print and audible. I love that it's a slightly morbid, but beautiful retelling. The vocabulary is simple (- .5 from story score), making this an easy read. Pay attention to the many connections to Lewis Carroll's version and the connections to other retelling.
Her voice was perfect for Alyssa, but not so much for Morpheus or Jeb. The male voices sound closer to Jennifer Lawrence's voice(- .5 from the overall score); however, Gibel's performance for each character more than makes up for it. I will defiantly listen to her again.
I really love the story, it wasn't what I was expecting. I'm a big Alice in Wonderland fan and I love how it had aspects of that yet it totally went its own way. cannot wait to listen to the next two. I am a security guard and I listen to these while doing Patrols..makes the night go much faster. I think the narrator did a great job considering how many different voices she had to do and how well she did them. I enjoyed it.
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