Review: Ensnared by A.G. Howard

March 6, 2016 Review 16 ★★★★

Review: Ensnared by A.G. Howard
Ensnared by A.G. Howard
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Publisher: Abrams
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 416
Release Date: December 15th 2015
Series: Splintered #3
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Young Adult
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After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts.

In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

Wow. ALL the feels. It took me forever to finally pick up and read ENSNARED. Interestingly enough, I actually wasn’t going to finish this series because it had been so long but boy, am I glad I did. I can’t deny there were issues with this finale but my enjoyment ranks higher.

“Insanity is the most pristine clarity.”

It was so easy to slip back into this world and Howard’s writing. It is descriptive and vivid, and there was even more creepiness in this book than the other two, which really brought back the original feeling of SPLINTERED, all without slowing down the pacing.

From the first page, the pages flew by as favorite characters make appearances and we learn just how high the stakes are for Alyssa and her friends. Speaking of the characters, they all really went through a lot of character development in this book. Some of the minor characters were fleshed out more, and Jeb and Morpheus really grew and stopped being annoying for the most part.

It’s impossible to talk about this series without mentioning the love triangle, and without telling you who I root for or what happened I do have to say it was all wrapped up quite nicely. There were some frustrating moments where Alyssa jumps back and forth but overall it all worked out well. I kept wondering who to root for how everything was going to come to a close but it did, albeit in a very bittersweet way, but one that works for the series. THAT EPILOGUE SEND HELP.

“The littlest things I once took for granted have become priceless treasures.”

ENSNARED was an emotional series finale I am very content with, despite minor issues. The best aspects of SPLINTERED and UNHINGED were added together, and they made this last book really shine.

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Overall: 4.2

16 Responses to “Review: Ensnared by A.G. Howard”

  1. Tasya

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! My favorite thing in this book is how finally Morpheus and Jeb could work together, without hesitation for Alyssa, instead of bickering and throwing themselves for her. And speaking about Alyssa, she finally accepts herself and honestly, her power is amazing! If only she uses it in the first two books, things wouldn’t be this bad…
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    • Alise

      If you are looking for a darker version of Alice in Wonderland and don’t mind love triangles I would give this one a shot! Thanks :)

    • Alise

      I feel you. I think it was the middle book where I was really annoyed with the love triangle but this one was pretty good. The ending killed me with the feels.

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I got my hands on a copy of Splintered a few Christmases ago but I have yet to read it! I really need to do so – especially considering your love for the finale here^^ Love triangles. Sigh. At least things ended well overall and YAY for ALL the feels :D The characters sound awesome all around here so I can’t wait to meet them. Soon, I hope!
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    • Alise

      This one has a pretty big focus on the love triangle so it comes down to personal preference. If you read it, let me know :)

  3. Sara

    I have such mixed feelings about this book. I LOVED the first two but the third installment left me feeling blah. I didn’t care how the love triangle was solved-it was too convenient (and just weird, lol). Still, beautiful writing and an amazing cover!

  4. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    I have this book sitting on my shelf and I’ve been putting off reading it for so long. I was accidentally spoiled for the ending and just from what I’ve heard, I don’t think I’ll be very satisfied with it. Hopefully once I read it, the way it plays out will make the ending better but I’m firmly on one side of the love triangle and (if what I heard is right), the ending will feel a bit like a cop out. But I’ll get to it eventually! I’m glad you liked it so much :)
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    • Alise

      Aw no, that sucks! It depends on what exactly you heard. From my point of view, they both got kind of an equal ending but one did have a little bit of the short end of the stick. I still thought both had good endings though. I don’t know if you’ve read Clockwork Princess, but it is similar to that kind of ending. Let me know if you read this one! :)

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