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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2 words:AMAZING STORY. I love the narrator and the story line.my favorite character has to be morphisis (sorry for the spelling😿)he is mysterious yet he is a jerk.but whatever,he is still cool!
I loved this book can't wait to start the next book. It's funny and full of twists and love. It's a wonderful take on a classic story. If you like or love Alice in wonderland you will enjoy this book too!
I have always like the Alice in Wonderland story & enjoy reading/watching the different renditions of it. This was a very dark & and unusual take on the tale. I wasn't sure I would like it at first - the beginning is definitely a bit slow. But once the story got going, I found myself bummed each time I had to stop. I also like that it ended with hints of further adventures without leaving you on a total cliffhanger.
The narrator did a decent job with the voicing, which is usually one of my biggest qualms with audio books and why I don't often listen to them.
I actually would have like to have a hard copy of this book to go back and reference and re-read parts of it - there is so much description of Underland that I felt would have been more immersing if I had the actual words in front of me.
But overall, I think this was an enjoyable, if weird, take on Alice and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the unconventional.
I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
Oh wow! I new I was to expect great things but I'm absolutely and irrevocably in love!! I love the gothic feel to the story, the twist on Lewis Carroll's original story. The characters are great and complex, and even if I thought I was guessing the direction the story was going, which I was, I was still surprised by a lot of things.
I also adored that even if the story has room for a sequel and even a trilogy I guess, everything was wrapped up nicely. It could even be read as a standalone, although I can't wait to get back to this world ASAP!
My only complaint is that I didn't appreciate Jeb and Morpheus trying to control Aly's life as they did. She was perfectly capable of handling herself.
Finally, Rebecca Gibel did and excellent job with the narration. Really top notch pacing, voices and accents (in Morpheus case). Every character had its own personality!
Must read for Alice fans!
this is such a great spin on the wonderful story! you wont be sorry you spent your time listening to it. adventure, magic, and love. what more can you ask for!!??
I loved it!!!! can't wait to read the next book in this series!!!! it made me smile, laugh and even cry!!!!!
Firstly, I have to give enormous props to the narrator. The voices were wonderful to listen to and fit the characters perfectly. This tale does have a definite morbidity, but, to me, that only increased its charm. The love triangle between Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheus is irritating, but thankfully that only slightly decreases the story's overall quality. I have high hopes for the next book that Alyssa's newfound identity and strength will keep the whiny romance angle to a minimum. Overall, great listen and highly recommended purchase.
I love books! But my family of 8 leave me little time to read, lol. Audible has been the perfect solution!!!
Really enjoyed this Alice Spin! I would love to see this made into a movie, to watch wonderland come to life.
"Great story, awful accents."
The story itself is great, though it does take a while to get into the story but if you stick it through it's worth it. The end feels rushed but at the same time it's understandably leading into the sequel. The only downfall I can honestly think off is the bad voice acting, she attempts to do a cockney accent and honestly it's cringeworthy, putting me off one of the major characters at times which really is a shame because he's such a great character within the book. Personally I'd read it next time rather than just listen.
this book was amazing it was as good as a movie very very highly recomended
"A book as captivating as its stunning cover"
Puberty is a difficult time for any girl, your body is changing, you are under the influence of raging hormones and plagued by acne, bloating, cramps, the voices of bugs and plants…. Nope, me neither. For Alyssa, her transition into womanhood also heralds the onset of her families curse. Ever since the Alice Liddel scrabbled out of that rabbit hole her female decendents have be stricken with serious mental health problems and fixations with Wonderland.
Having grown up witnessing her mothers descent in to madness and her resulting treatment within an asylum, Alyssa has learnt to disguise her anxiety about her cruel birthright and ignore the incessant voices. But a shocking incident at the asylum forces Alyssa to reconsider everything she thought she knew about her mothers condition, and instead of hiding from her heritage, Alyssa actively seeks out answers
From the very first paragraph we learn that Alyssa is no wall flower, no bumbling ditzy girl next door. She is fierce, strong, and in the words of her father, level headed and together. Taking creative revenge on her multi-limbed and be-winged tormentors Alyssa isn’t one for sit around bemoaning the hand she has been dealt, hoping that someone will save her. Instead she takes action, throwing herself down the rabbit hole to face her fears and save her family.
It’s not unusual for a YA book to suffer from a glut of love interests, sparking many a team X verses team Y debate, with each group zealously defending their selected beau. Many times I have found myself rooting for a particular outcome or a particular coupling. With Splintered A G Howard has me completely torn, with no clear choice.
On the surface these men couldn’t be any more different in appearance, manners and temperament. Scratch the surface however and our good boy and bad have much more in common than initial appearances would lead us to believe. Both have dark pasts, history with Alyssa, and both see and accept Alyssa for who she truly is, even before she recognises it herself. They even share the same almost paternalistic, over protectiveness of Alyssa, although the motivation and the manifestation of this fault is uniquely their own.
I adored how A G Howard took a world familiar to many of us, and didn’t so much re-imagine the story but create a spin off series to complement the original. I loved layering my experience of Splintered over my knowledge of the original Alice story. Comparing my childhood memories of the books and Disney movie with the naive and innocent recollections of a traumatized young Alice Liddel. Then discovering, along with Alyssa, the darker, uglier truth of Wonderland and its inhabitants. Familiar and yet unique, I couldn’t help listening to just one more chapter, anxious to discover where Howard would take her story next, never foreseeing where the next twist or turn would redirect us.
The record quality was consistent with no skipping, repeats or weird changes in tone or volume. Narrator Rebecca Gibel did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life, capturing the creepiness and otherworldliness of the many supporting characters and performing the main characters consistently, each clearly defined by a unique voice, allowing the conversations to be followed without confusion. I particularly enjoyed the Billy Idol like British accent she created for Morpheus, it certainly added to his mischievous bad boy persona.
Verdict: A book as captivating as its stunning cover.
I had heard so much about Splintered and it was one of the most anticipated reads of 2013, but I only managed to listen to the book recently. I was aware the story was something related to Alice in Wonderland but it was so different from what I was expecting, in the best way possible.
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