This hop is a chance to share a book that I just couldn’t put down . . . a book that sucked me in and kept me glued to its pages! For this, I chose Splintered by A.G. Howard.
Why? Well, read on!
I remember the day I first saw the spine of this book. It was in a box that was overflowing with tons of other bargain books in the dimly lit basement of a small-time, non-franchise book store. I picked it up and thought, “Well, that’s a neat cover. And it’s still all pretty and shiny. And there’s no creases or anything on it. And . . . Holy Cow! It’s an ARC!!!” I had to wipe the drool from my chin. Anytime I find an ARC, I feel like I’ve struck gold! Anyway, I set to reading the excerpt for this book and, after reading it, I wondered how anyone could successfully recreate the well-known classic of Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. “But,” I thought, “to heck with it! I’m gettin’ it. It looks interesting enough to give it a shot. And it’s an ARC!”
Well folks, this book is FANTABULOUS!!! I read it in one day! And then, because I loved it so much, I got online and bought the hardcover (because I’m a hardcover snob) Then I got on the author’s website and followed her every way possible (including Goodreads). I messaged A.G. Howard on Goodreads and gushed about how much I Loved-Loved-Loved Splintered. The cool thing was, she messaged me back. We continued our exchange debating about which we swooned over more, Morpheus or Jeb. To this day, Splintered is still the best find I ever scored!
Oh, and I’ve since pre-ordered Unhinged – Book 2 in the series!!!).
[I actually started this blog because back in May 2013 A.G. Howard posted an Unhinged ARC Request Form, but you needed a website or blog to sign up. So, while I was sitting in a waiting room that morning, I hopped on WordPress and started this blog. Then I went back to her website and filled out the form. I didn’t have hardly any followers of course, but I had to throw my name in the hat!]
Anyway, without giving away too much, because I really could not begin to do the story justice…
Alyssa is a teenager whose ancestor is THE Alice and, consequently, insects and plants speak to her. She tries to silence the voices for fear of ending up in a psych ward like her mother, Alison, and her grandmother, and great-grandmother… pretty much every female in her line since Alice came out of the rabbit hole. When Alyssa discovers the voices are a curse, she sets out in search of the elusive rabbit hole hoping to break it. But when she enters Underland (Alice called it Wonderland), the childlike tale she thought she knew has a dark and twisted spin to it. One example is the dinner Alyssa attends where all the netherlings chase a duck (their meal) around the table trying to bash it with the mallets they hold – because at least that way the meal has a fighting chance! She and her long-time friend Jed, a major hottie who she secretly desires, begin their quest through Underland, while Alyssa tries to pull together any buried knowledge of the place to overcome the obstacles they face. Throughout the tale, she finds herself torn between her jumbled feelings for Jed and her confusing attraction to Morpheus, a breath-taking, bad-boy, netherling she remembers from her childhood dreams.
I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy readers across the board!
About the Author:
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. Her 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.
Her debut YA fantasy, SPLINTERED, a dark Alice in Wonderland spinoff, is now available from Amulet Books. The sequel, UNHINGED, is due to launch January 2014.
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