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.
©2013 Anita Howard (P)2013 AudioGO
Recently found a love for books and with Audible I can clean and keep going - I also use it in my classroom to urge kids to read.
This book was okay, but the main character was such a meal and mild girl, that when she did do something extraordinary it was out of character. The voice of the reader I think was perfect for this mild manner little frumpy girl, but her stern side is laughable and leaves no impression.
I struggled to finish this. The protagonist is a helpless obnoxious girl, her suitors are ridiculous, and the love triangle theme came from the same boring formula from which all boring love triangle themes come; this theme is overdone, stale, and predictable, just like the story. I wanted to like this and I like the idea of a dark Alice in Wonderland, but this story bored me nearly to death whilst the character development made me puke a little in my mouth.
Fun Alice retelling
Hmm, it's kind of hard to compare it, because it's not quite a retelling, not quite a sequel, and there's a ton of creepy & gothic imagery.
Bad Cockney accent. Seriously, it's the worst. I really liked her other than that, though.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I wouldn't say I had any extreme reactions to it. There were a couple of things that made me roll my eyes pretty hard. "Son of a bug"? Jesus, that's horrible. Also the love triangle was silly
I really did enjoy it, overall. Even found myself telling friends about the creepy reimagined versions of the characters! I'll definitely be getting the rest of the series.
Just listened to this story again. It has been a while since I listened for the first time. Easy to listen to the narrator and follow the story.
This is a fun one
While its is the point of the book, the controlling way that Jeb treats Alyssa is abusive and seriously made me want to punch him. That he magically stopped being abusive when Alyssa grew a backbone was rather unbelievable.
Much of the imagery is derivative. Names and descriptions clearly referenced works by other authors and artists, leaving the feeling that the author wandered around Hot Topic to gain descriptions rather than try to make up anything original.
That being said, the writing and narrative are solid, and Morpheus is a delightful character. Alyssa's character blossoming is enjoyable, it just right a little hollow with her relationship with Jeb.
I liked the twisted look on a classic tale. It was fun.
I don't know, how everything became a twist.
I was creeped out by some of the scenes as it was not what I was used to.
What a beautifully dark world Howard has created! Alyssa's adventures are truly wonderful, and I enjoyed going on them with her. My only complaint is the relationship between Alyssa and Jeb. It is obvious they both care for one another, so what is the problem? It's seems like a plot ploy used by the author to create romantic tension that doesn't exist on it's own, and it unfortunately detracts from an otherwise captivating story. Still, I relished my time in this Wonderland and look forward to visiting again.
"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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