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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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.
I could listen to this until my ears bled. It is captivating and detailed.
Intertwining of the original story and this new spin was exquisite.
The performance was the best I've heard so far on Audible. She did every single voice justice.
Buy it, listen to it, love it. What a great read!
maybe, i don't know
less complicated toward the end
all the same to me
Page Turner, Avid Listener, Life-long Student.
I don't always like YA Fiction and sometimes those angsty teen characters seem a) cookie-cutter, b) altogether abnoxious, and/or c) overdone to the Nth degree. But while the main character, Alyssa, is a little bit of an angsty teen, it fits with her Mad world. I really enjoy this take on Alice in Wonderland which has been a favorite since I first learned to read. I am a bit tired of these books which are all told from inside the head of a teen girl but this girl does seem to have a little more introspection than her peers. And although she has two boys fighting for her heart, it isn't played off as a ridiculous love triangle as much as it is her own self-discovery. All in all, a good YA Fiction and I will continue the series.
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This was an interesting version of alice in wonderland with heavy dregs of goth i kinda felt like i was listening to a Johnny Depp retelling where all the great things i loved about Alice in Wonderland as a child had been turned completely on its head and flipped upside for an adult to enjoy. I gave this 3 stars as i was listening i kind of got lost in the descriptive lyrical flow of the authors words. I think it kind of lost me a bit and had me trying to figure out where the story was actually going. I also left wondering where they are going to take the story as this was the first book in the series. Not a book i would read again but a book that was different for me.
This story, while well thought out, is helped if you have more than a passing knowledge of the original Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books. I do. In the wake of recent re-tellings of classic children's tales, it had a lot of potential. I didn't love it.
Even though I generally enjoy young-adult tales, the emotional level of the main characters was too childish to represent the high school seniors they were supposed to be, so their issues and attitudes moved them to the interest level of a much younger group of readers - however, the amount of sexuality in the books moves it well beyond that age group - so we're left with a "who was this book written for" problem. The synopsis states that it is for Grade 8 and up, but I wouldn't want my eighth-grader reading about a heroine who allows (and seems to love) boys who try to make every decision for her, going so far as to physically restrain her to overrule her decisions.
Next, it seems the author wanted to get as much of the Carroll material as possible into the book, and unfortunately the story drags. It loses the beauty, sweetness and poetry of the original. I had to force myself to continue listening (I'm stubborn like that) until the last hour of the book, when things began to happen and it became mildly interesting. I think that the entire story could probably have been told in one long, or possible two average books at most - I won't be buying the next installment, so I will never know - but I can live with that.
My Biggest Beef in this version however, was the narrator. The 'w' in the word SWORD is supposed to be silent! I cringed everytime I heard it, and I heard it a lot. Also, I believe one of the characters was supposed to have a suave speaking voice with a Cockney(?) accent, but one or two words of each sentence he spoke had a vaguely Brit ring and the rest . . . well . . . not so much. A little research on what that sounds like should have been a requirement before recording began. It was horrendous.
To sum up, I don't recommend this book to anyone over the age of 15, and only then with parental guidance. There are too many other wonderful choices out there.
My Initial Reaction...
I LOVED the narration. I REALLY LIKED the parts in our world. I was SO BORED in Wonderland. :( After all the hype surrounding Splintered I had high hopes and even got started off on a great note. But Wonderland just didn't do it for me.
Rebecca Gibel's narration was fantastic. I thought she brought the characters to life extremely well and she nailed some pretty difficult accents to boot. I wonder if I would have made it through Splintered without her reading it to me, honestly. Probably not.
Alyssa - the main character from whose point of view Splintered is told- drove me nuts. At first I really liked her. I mean she was a little creepy with the way she killed bugs for her art projects, but when I understood that it was because it was the only way to keep herself from going crazy because the bugs talked to her, it was ok. I mean, it's a Wonderland retelling. I expected nuts. I also felt sorry for her because of the situation with her mom - who's been in a mental institution for years - but I also didn't love the way she acted towards her mom.
What I didn't expect was indecisive, wishy-washy, and sometimes plain old mean. IDK how everyone who loved this book felt about Alyssa (I'm purposefully not looking at reviews until this is written), but her indecisiveness really drove me batty. She has this really good guy friend that she likes as more than a friend, but she goes back and forth from wanting him to wanting Morpheus (who I can't for the life of me understand why she'd like him). And there came a point, for me, where her indecision was just cruel.
The guys in this cruel triangle - Jeb & Morpheous - were polar opposites to me. Jeb OBVIOUSLY cares about Alyssa and she keeps lashing out at him (sorry to beat a dead horse, but it annoyed me). The things he's willing to do and go through for her should really spell it out for her. Morpheous, on the other hand, was a total dick IMHO. IDK how I was supposed to feel about him because I only really got glimpses. He's a very main character - but for the Wonderland part where I was so bored my attention drifted a lot. So who knows, maybe I would have seen moments about him that I liked more, to be fair. But from what I saw, not a fan.
So here's the deal with Splintered I really enjoyed it whenever the characters were in our world. I know this for a certainty because there was a moment after my ennui had really set in that I found myself super engaged with the book again. Guess what? They weren't in Wonderland.
I think the problem was that I have never read Alice in Wonderland, nor do I have any desire to. I've seen the movies like one time each. And I enjoyed them. I watched the miniseries as a kid and loved it. But in no way can I call myself a true Wonderland fan. I don't know all the elements and it's not a place I've ever fantasized going to. This is a book for the people who are die-hard fans and would jump on an opportunity to visit Wonderland - at least IMHO. Because there's no doubt in my mind that the places that bored me to tears were moments that played off the original story and would probably get true fans super excited. And I even suspect it was done well.
The story revolves around the mental illness that runs in Alyssa's family - or supposed mental illness. Her great grandmother was THE Alice of Alice in Wonderland and ever since her, the women of the family have been a bit off their rocker. Alyssa unlocks the secret as to why and sets off on an epic adventure to save the women of her family. It has the makings of greatness and I can understand what people saw in it, that's for sure.
So if you're a Wonderland fan, I'd say give Splintered a shot, you'll probably like it a lot more than I did. If you're not, I'd stay clear or you may emerge from it bored and a wee-bit crazier than you went in :)
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