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Ensnared (Splintered Series #3) Paperback – December 15, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—Alyssa may have survived the epic battle at end of Unhinged (Abrams, 2014), but things are still looking grim. Her mom is trapped in Wonderland while both of her love interests, human Jeb and magical Morpheus, are stuck in AnyElsewhere, a horrifying in-between world full of outcasts and mutants. Accompanied by her father, Alyssa must prepare to do final battle with the Red Queen while rescuing her loves. But when it turns out that Jeb and Morpheus have their own agendas, Alyssa is heartbroken by each in turn, leaving her unhinged as she enters the final ordeal. Though the story is convoluted and the writing overblown, this series has gained traction among teens. Fans are highly invested in the Morpheus-Alyssa-Jeb love triangle, and most should be happy with how Howard resolves the series. Librarians feeding a strong interest in goth-fantasy-romances may wish to take a second look at the trilogy. Otherwise, this conclusion is recommended only where the first books were popular.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Fans are highly invested in the Morpheus-Alyssa-Jeb love triangle, and most should be happy with how Howard resolves the series."--Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA"School Library Journal" (01/01/2015)
"The devoted fans of this goth fairy series will find that this last book brings the story to a satisfying conclusion."--Pat Clingman"VOYA" (02/01/2015)
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Ensnared starts out with Alyssa on a mission. She needs to rescue her loved ones and repair Wonderland and defeat Queen Red. There's a lot she needs to do, and she needs her dad's help to do it. I adored that! Too often parents are just absent and don't know what the heck their teens are doing to save the world, but Alyssa's dad was a very important part in finding a way back to Wonderland. So everything gets going right away, and never stops! They go from problem to problem, solve one, and move on! It was great and kept me hooked!
The world-building continues to be fantastic even though this is the end of the trilogy. This time we get to see AnyElsewhere, which is just as weird as Wonderland, especially since someone is doing stuff to change it. It's there where Alyssa completes the first part of her mission. I was ecstatic to be reunited with Morpheus! He is just wonderful and we really got to see a softer side of him during this part of the book. Jeb on the other hand...well, he's changed. I won't go into details, because spoilers! But that was an interesting twist I never saw coming!
Of course, the love triangle is a major plot point. Alyssa keeps going back and forth between Jeb and Morpheus. I am firmly on Team Morpheus, but I could definitely believe her struggle. Her heart was literally splitting in two! She has reasons for wanting to be with both of them, and I believed that she truly loved them both and it was killing her! Like I said, I totally knew that resolution was coming. It was obvious, but I'm so glad that it did! It made me so happy!
Ensnared was a wonderful ending to this crazy trilogy! It was weird and bizarre and dark and dangerous and funny and HOORAY! I desperately want more though!
First I want to talk about Alyssa for a bit. I've loved her since the first book and you can clearly see how much she changed. I mean, everything is out in the open in this book... herself, her feelings for Jeb and Morpheus, her need for wanting to restore Wonderland and her love for her family. She's always been a fantastic character but I ended up liking her the most in Ensnared. She was just so fierce!
The big question of this book was of course, who is Alyssa going to end up in the end. No spoilers here but I had expected it to end the way it did and I am definitely not disappointed. I'm pretty sure whether you're a Morpheus or a Jeb fan, you'll be pleased either way.
Like I said, Ensnared was really good but I have to admit that I enjoyed it a little less than the other two books. I just thought it was a little slow but other than that it was awesome. This series is also and will always be my favorite retelling of Alice in Wonderland and pretty much everything. I loved how A.G. Howard created this Wonderland and how she executed it. Her writing style is probably one of my favorites, it's just so gorgeous and whimsical at time - much like Wonderland is.
I don't want to give too much away about Ensnared but there were times were I was practically dying with nerves because some unexpected things happened. Some were good some were bad and some were just making me want to throw this book away. But overall I really liked the way the story went, aside from at times it was a bit too slow.
I'm a big Morpheus fan. Everyone who knows me a little will probably know that. And he was bloody brilliant in this book. I've probably said that about the previous books also but it's so very true. And I also must say that I wasn't hating on Jeb as much as I did in the other books. All characters changed a lot from the first book.
Overall, Ensnared by A.G. Howard was a very good ending to one of my favorite series. I'll admit that I teared up, reading the epilogue. Epilogues always get to me. But this one was really beautiful. But anyway, if you haven't read this series, I would highly recommend that you go read them right now. One of the best series ever and I'll miss these characters so much!