Review: Untamed by A.G. Howard

April 22, 2016 Review 12 ★★½

Review: Untamed by A.G. Howard
Untamed by A.G. Howard
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Publisher: Abrams
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 288
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.

dont care.
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 »

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.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.5

12 Responses to “Review: Untamed by A.G. Howard”

  1. Andreea

    Too bad you felt that way. I hope your next read will be more thrilling. I only read the first book but remember liking it. I don’t know why I never continued with these books though. Maybe I will someday.

    Anyway, thanks for your honest thoughts.


  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    It’s funny (but not ha-ha funny) how some novellas end up being SO important to the main story arc that it makes them must reads…and then you have these kinds, which end up being more pointless. I have yet to read Splintered but I own a copy and I’m planning on reading it soon(-ish) but needless to say, I won’t be picking this one up^^ Sorry this one such a bummer girl but thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…Review: Mistborn: Secret History

    • Alise

      Right? It’s getting harder and harder to determine which ones are actually worth buying. I can’t imagine the ToG or Shatter Me series without their novellas but ones like this…meh. No worries :)

  3. Tasya

    It’s too bad really that you didn’t enjoy it! I already read The Boy in the Web and The Moth in the Mirror. I agree, I dislike The Boy and it feels like it adds nothing to the story other than more info about the past. As for The Moth, I quite liked it because in the end Morpheus kind of respect Jeb a bit. I haven’t read Six Impossible Things though, but since it’s about my ship I should enjoy it right? Great review!
    Tasya recently posted…Book Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

    • Alise

      The Moth in the Mirror wasn’t too bad, like you said, it added some development. Six Impossible Things was my favorite story. Thanks!

    • Alise

      I hope you like how the series ends! Yeah, the only story I would even consider recommending would be Six Impossible Things.

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