Splintered

By A. G. Howard
Read by Rebecca Gibel

The Splintered Series: Book 1

12.68 Hours 05/14/2013 unabridged
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This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, 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.

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Summary

Summary

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Splintered is a delicious, mad, wonderful read. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author
“Madder than the Hatter’s tea party and way more fun, A. G. Howard’s Splintered is a beautifully evoked, lush, wild tale of illusions, hysteria, magic, and love.” Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author
“Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I’ve come across in a while…Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale.” USA Today
“A brilliant debut…It is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising.” Boston Globe
“Rebecca Gibel’s narrative voice is pleasantly raspy while her characters are delightfully unique…[Her] sterling performance improves this over-the-top paranormal romance.” AudioFile
“Howard’s visual imagination is superior; a cavalcade of weirdness dances across the pages…The story’s creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole.” Publishers Weekly
“It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy, made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original.” Booklist
“A visually rich read. More Tim Burton than Lewis Carroll, a sensuous version of Alice’s adventures for the Hot Topic crowd.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: A. G. Howard

A. G. Howard wrote Splintered while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child. She lives in Amarillo, Texas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 12.68
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Edition: English