Author: A. G. Howard
Format: Hardcover (somehow managed to get it three days before release?)
Rating: 7 out of 10
**Spoiler Alert: This is the third in a series. You can find Splintered Here**
Summary (Thanks Goodreads): 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?
So: I'm finding myself wishing I had made notes for this book while reading. I am so disorganized. Blah!
Okay...I was super excited for this novel. Like, I found it on the shelf before it was supposed to come out and I attacked it and hugged it and bought it and was prepared to fight if one of the works told me that it was a mistake that it was already on the shelf. I would have taken that poor sucker out man.
I suppose that it was worth the hug, but it would not have been worth an assault charge. The novel was less out a let down then Ruins was but it didn't go exactly where I thought it was going to.
Yes, I loved the world that Howard painted, as always. The mystery and beauty and pure craziness of the world was what got me into this series in the first place. Howard writes so well that I would jump on any other novels that she might write in the future. There is just something about how the world is spun so that its fascinating and dangerous but so that you still want it.
However, I was a little... I don't know. I guess I didn't mind it too much but it seemed like a little bit of a cop-out. All this build up. Who is it going to be and it ends up just being. All that build up was a little bit for nothing. Still, I have the urge to strangle Morpheus. I have never loved and hated a character so much at once. I guess that was the point of him since Alyssa felt the same way about him. That right there is some pretty freaking awesome character writing, let me tell you. Sadly, the manipulation of Alyssa continues and even with her explaining it all away, I hate him for it.
This series though, people...
Basically: I loved this entire series and wish I could have a really in depth discussion about it with someone but I refuse to give any spoilers. I think that if you like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or books that are a little strange and heavy in the fantasy, this book is for you. Push through the pure weirdness of Splintered. It was rough in the very beginning but you get into it pretty quick and I couldn't put any of them down. I bet you will like it.