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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.

Praise for Splintered:
STARRED REVIEW

"Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale."
USA Today

"Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow toward Tim Burton’s 2010 film version."
The Boston Globe

"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original."
Booklist

" Protagonist Alyssa...is an original. Howard's visual imagination is superior. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole."
Publishers Weekly

"While readers will delight in such recognizable scenes as Alyssa drinking from a bottle to shrink, the richly detailed scenes that stray from the original will entice the imagination. These adventures are indeed wonderful."
BookPage

"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."
Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderland is filled with much that is not as wonderful as might be expected, and yet, it is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her true nature. The cover with its swirling tendrils and insects surrounding Alyssa will surely attract teen readers who will not disappointed with this magical, edgy tale."
Reading Today Online

"Creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance."
School Library Journal

Award:
YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

 

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Splintered
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Spectamazacular
May 31st, 2015
I saw this book at chapters and the cover originally caught my eye (book by a cover, eh? Lol). I read the description and it sounded like my kinda seeies so i decided to give it a try and it did not disappoint. I loved it so much.
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A promising premise ...
January 3rd, 2015
Poorly executed. The romance aspect of the book was childish and oversimplified. That might have been ok if the main plot was developed. Instead discussing infatuation killed the plot
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Wonderful
September 14th, 2014
A great spin on the Alice in Wonderland saga. I enjoyed it more than the Carrol books. Jumped straight into Unhinged after finishing it and can't wait for the next in the series.
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Splintered
February 24th, 2014
Amazing book! Absolutely must read because I never wanted to put it down :)
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January 24th, 2014
Loved this book and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Unhinged. The author found an interesting way to continue the story of Alice in Wonderland and with many interesting, dark twists. Many of the ways we know Wonderland are actually misunderstandings. You'll have to read the book to find out what they are. :)
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January 24th, 2014
This book is amazing. If you like Alice in Wonderland you will love this book. Or if you like romance, magical worlds, amazing writing, and just all around awesomeness then you will also enjoy this book. This easily became one of my favourite books.
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Lewis Carroll meets Tim Burton
November 27th, 2013
Loved this book! Alice's descendants learn the truth about Wonderland and the truth about themselves in this creepy fairy tale
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October 7th, 2013
This is a great read. It's an awesome twist to Alice in Wonderland. The author did a great job in introducing you to to Alice's granddaughter and what happened after she came back out of the rabbit hole. I couldn't put it down once I started reading.!!
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