Release Date: January 15th 2013
Series: Splintered #1
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Young Adult
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.
SPLINTERED is a modern retelling of the classic Lewis Carroll tale, ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Alyssa Gardner’s ancestor was none other than the original Alice of the famous story, but this version is darker, creepier, and deliciously evil.
I scroll past images every bit as violent and beautiful as Jeb’s paintings: luminious, rainbow-skinned creatures with bulbous eyes and sparkly, silken wings who carry knives and swords; hideous, naked hobgoblins in chains who crawl on all fours and have corkscrew tails and cloven feet like pigs; silvery pixielike beings trapped in cages and crying oily black tears.
If you have read my other reviews of popular retellings, you’ll know I absolutely love them. If done well. Alice in Wonderland was probably one of my favorite kid’s stories when I was younger. The Cheshire cat was creepy, sure, but the story was original and captivating. Dare I say that this is better than the original? It just has so much imagination!
No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.
I respect books that come up with new worlds and characters, because having fresh ideas is so difficult, especially in literature. It takes a great mind to think of all the disturbing, fantastical things in this book. It has so much personality and guts. I’m still not quite sure if I understand everything that happened! There was things you need to connect in your mind and I LOVED that.
Everything in this is twisted, it seems poor little Alice retold the story to Carroll a little…incorrectly. Turns out the White Rabbit is a little more…skeletal. And rabid.
It was a little slow in the beginning, but things pick up fast. Once Alyssa “falls down the rabbit hole,” the action and mystery is non stop until the very last page.
Alyssa is a great protagonist, all the characters were written excellently. Even the secondary characters were lovable and had their own backgrounds. The romance was a little iffy but it grows and makes sense later on.
I really can’t sing my praises for this enough, so go check it out for yourselves! The only thing I ask is, be open to the story, because it has teeth! Metaphorically, of course.