Thursday, February 13, 2014

Contributor Review: Splintered

Happy Thursday, my little snowflakes!

I am so very happy to introduce you to the newest member of the AuggieTalk team!

Welcome Tori! 

Tori's debut review for AuggieTalk is featured below.

Enjoy, booklings!

Tori W. 
AuggieTalk Contributor

Displaying 525934_10151470576278709_2096740840_n.jpgTori is a 24-year-old eccentric and tiny little woman who believes that what we all need is love, books, and fairy dust once in a while. She is a Librarian Assistant with a BA in Communications and has an irrational love of rainy days.

An ardent devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing, she feels like she has already lived countless lifetimes alongside the characters in her books. Tori believes that chocolate is for breakfast and an oven is for shoes. She spends her free time reading past her bedtime, dreaming of places in far off lands, and firmly believing that having a mind that looks like a wild jungle of scary gibberish is perfectly acceptable. Without her family and loving boyfriend, Tori has no doubt that life would just resemble a double shift at work that  never really ends. Who needs that?

Tori W.
12558285Title: Splintered
A.G. Howard
YA Fantasy
January 1, 2013


This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, 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.

A grotesque beauty can be found within Splintered. Creatures made corporeal through cinematic flair have been branded into our minds of the mesmeric land we have come to know as Wonderland. Six decades of being told what beings of flesh, fauna, and certainly flora could be found if we followed the little white rabbit and we end up with an iconic story we all know well. I was, of course, certainly skeptical when I first found this book. One single copy was hidden among YA titles of every design. Nonetheless, it snagged me. I was even more hesitant todive into a simple retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic. But I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. It was not, as predicted, a re-telling of any kind. It was another story entirely that uses Alice as the jumping off point for a completely different escapade. Proper respect was given to the original tale, but everything you thought you knew is now twisted masterfully into a rather stunning debut novel.

Splintered is the tale of Alyssa Gardner. She hears the thoughts of plants and animals. Her mother is locked away in an insane asylum chattering away to grasshoppers and sipping herSalisbury steak from a teacup. Insanity is the curse stitched into Alyssa’s family line. She is the great-great-great-granddaughter of the famed Alice Liddell who told stories of a dreamland to Carroll. To ensure that the madness surrounding her family will come to an end, Alyssa must travel to Wonderland to undo the havoc that her ancestor brought with her down the rabbit hole.She is accompanied by her real-life crush, Jeb. He represents the ultimate childhood infatuation a girl would have on her best friend’s cute older brother. I found the relationship to be a bit stale at first due to his overprotectiveness in some areas. But he stays the one constant reality-check throughout the book. Enter Morpheus, the guide to all things Wonderland. He is the living embodiment of a world that is dark, dreamlike, and certainly dangerous. He makes up the “bad boy” point of the love triangle and is the key component behind nearly every plot-twist.

This book is not about a perfect romance between perfect characters. There is drama and deceit and healthy dose of jealousy mixed in with all things fantasy.

However, getting to the spicy and succulent meat of the story is where you will find the reason why I will give this book 4 out of 5 quills. Hauntingly stunning imagery of terrifyingly majestic interpretations of the characters we thought we knew are brilliantly revealed for the reader. It makes you think of dreams you might have had as a child of a place that no one had really ever been to before. Dig your thumbs in for the first few chapters and you will find a story that I highly recommend.

For the reader who likes dark whimsical worlds and speckles of romantic adventures, this little nugget would be the perfect addition to your collection.


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1 comment:

  1. Oh, 4 stars! It's always nice to find other bloggers/people who like the same books as you. :)