Splintered by A.G. Howard
About: A descendant of the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may be able to save her family from their curse.
Lauren’s Thoughts: Splintered is an eerily fantastical story that transports you to another world. This recaptured tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland introduces Alyssa, a descendant of Alice, who discovers she has the ability to communicate with bugs. When the voices become louder and she can no longer ignore them, she begins to wonder if she has the same mental illness that put her mother, Allison, in an institution. After a visit to see her mother, Alyssa discovers that Wonderland is real and it is up to her to reverse the curse that has been placed on her family. Once she has traveled down the rabbit hole, her journey to self-discovery and reclamation of her familial sanity has just begun. Torn between her desire to escape the Alice persona and restoring sanity to her life, Alyssa discovers who she is meant to be along the way.
Between the extraordinarily elaborate imagery and the dynamic between Alyssa and her two love interests, I could not put this book down. Mystical creatures, enigmatic characters, and an adventure of a lifetime; what’s not to love?
Reviewed by Lauren