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Splintered (Splintered Series #1): Splintered Book One Kindle Edition
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I was so surprised by how much I liked this book and how much it made me think! My brain was constantly thinking about this story and what was happening, what was going to happen, what the characters were doing, etc. The world building and character development was so wonderfully done that if not for having more books to read on my backlist, I would have picked up the next book immediately! Basically this is a dissection of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The Lewis Carroll version is so trippy and doesn’t make a lot of sense sometimes. But A.G. Howard took care of that and wrote what she thought he was actually talking about. It changed how I have viewed the story in the past and makes so much more sense! I may actually add the next books to my backlist (if they aren't on my TBR) so that I can read them now.
This was my first A.G. Howard book but it definitely won't be my last. I will be checking out the other books outside of this series as well.
I was also hugely grateful that the Mad Hatter does not play the love interest. While I understand this take in so many pieces, Splintered had me appreciative of the clever twist that allows other characters to have their day in the front rows. Please be warned: this story contains a love triangle net, so if you’re adverse to this, stay away.
Alyssa won me over from the start. The first line of the book is this:
“I’ve been collecting bugs since I was ten. It’s the only way I can stop their whispers.”
I just loved the macabre of it, especially when learning Alyssa’s an artist whose mixed medium paintings uses these collected bugs. Mosaics with spiders and grasshoppers? So great.
The writing was smart. Descriptions of places and events, the whys and intricacies of so many things naturally flowed so there was no wonderment about why so much description, or annoyance that there wasn’t enough. Details were clever and thought out, especially for those Wonderland buffs who grow giddy at the nerdy details. That was definitely me 🙂 Any fans of American McGee’s Mad Alice will love Howard‘s take on Wonderland.
The teen angst; being unsure of what’s seems so obvious to the onlooker, was well received. At times frustrating, I would remind myself that I didn’t know which way was up when I was sixteen. Emotional growth is an ongoing thing, and the signs are not easy to read when self-confidence is untrustworthy. Besides, these trivialities keep us frantically turning pages.
These characters were just all around likable. I was never sure whose team to jump on, constantly switching sides. Oddly enough, despite the huge picture of a pixie-petite blond on the cover of the book, I could never get Alyssa to be a cutsie-blond girl in my mind, but that’s really neither here nor there…
An ending that could bring tears rectified by more cleverness left me relieved, and heartbroken. Book two, Unhinged, was an instant purchase, and I ravaged my way through the entire series.
That being said, I devoured this piece of utter perfection in less than 24 hours nor withstanding the insanity of my #momlife.
Ms Howard’s “Splintered” is so. Amazingly. Brilliant.
It is in an entire stratosphere all its own.
It’s evocative, addictive, visceral, beyond compelling.
The richness of the textures that Ms. Howard has woven into this insanely spectacular tapestry reads like a clear, fully formed movie in the reader’s mind.
No spoilers, I’d never do that.
Of the hundreds and hundreds of books I’ve read, this is the all time winner.
The only bad thing is that I feel impelled to pause between finishing book 1 & beginning book 2 to share this immaculate discovery with the Amazon Universe.
Sorry, can’t say more, jonesing for page one of “Unhinged”.
And nd happiest reading EVER!
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