Release Date: December 15th 2015
Series: Splintered #3.5
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.
Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.
In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.
This collection expands upon Ensnared's epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters.
It’s no secret how much I enjoy Howard’s take on Wonderland, but boy was I underwhelmed with UNTAMED, especially since it’s not really what I expected based on the synopsis. It says “post-Ensnared ” stories but most of the book focuses on the past in memories or has the characters reminiscing about said memories.
It opens with The Boy in the Web, which is Alyssa’s mother’s/father’s story. Honestly, it just kind of made me uncomfortable; it was like reading about your parents being together. Since they were minor characters before, their story didn’t really interest me or add anything to the SPLINTERED world.
The same goes for The Moth in the Mirror; while the concept was interesting it wasn’t executed well and soon enough we are
yet again back to the past. Add other minor characters to the mix, like Corbin and Jenara who I barely remember in the first place alongside with Alyssa’s parents’ story, and it was just a long-winded trip down memory lane that didn’t hold much meaning for me.
Six Impossible Things, the final story in the collection, also revisits memories but does have new, actual post-Ensnared material. This was the only story that really gave me the feels. I can’t say much without spoilers but it’s bittersweet and adorable at the same time. It’s probably the only story I would actually recommend to others, but only if they enjoyed the ending of ENSNARED.
Another problem I had: (series ending spoilers) View Spoiler »Alyssa could have had just a little more regret and hesitation to starting her new life, especially when she has her first kid with Morpheus. It was like her kids grandkids and great grandkids from Jeb didn’t mean as much anymore and would be forgotten. « Hide Spoiler
For me, UNTAMED’s collection of short stories were fairly bland and slow. Basically, it has you revisiting old events but adding in a different POV or a little extra tidbit. I kind of wish the series had been left at ENSNARED.