I recently came across the Splintered series by A.G Howard, which is based on Alice in Wonderland. If you knew me, you’d know that I love Alice in Wonderland. Even my Kindle cover has a picture of Alice on it! (pictured below). It’s my all-time favourite Disney film, I love the original book and the Tim Burton adaptation, so of course I had to start reading the Splintered series. I downloaded the first book on Kindle because I couldn’t wait to get to Waterstones to get a copy of it, and I read the whole book within a week. I was hooked from the beginning.
The main character of the Splintered series is Alyssa Gardner, a descendant of Alice Liddell (the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s original book). Alice caused a lot of damage to Wonderland, so a curse was placed on her and all of her female descendants. Alyssa and her mother Alison suffer from this curse, and she can hear flowers and bugs speaking. Alyssa seeks to end the curse and discovers that Wonderland is a real place, but a lot darker and scarier than Alice’s / Lewis Carroll’s description of it.
The way that A.G Howard writes is captivating, I love the description of Wonderland and all of the characters. The darkness of Wonderland and the curse made me addicted, I couldn’t stop reading. There is also a lot of romance, which is another aspect that kept me reading. Alyssa’s love interest Jeb is her best friend and has a girlfriend, and then there is the addition of a mysterious friend from her past, Morpheus. I won’t give too much away about what happens, but it’s easy to be torn between the two – personally I’m #TeamMorpheus, I love how dark and mysterious he is.
Will Alyssa be successful in reversing the damage that Alice caused to Wonderland?
I also love the design of this book, so much that I’m going to buy a hardback copy of the book when I’m next in Waterstones. The cover is absolutely beautiful and it captivates the style of the book so well. I also love the choice of font for the book title and chapter headings, and each chapter starts with a gorgeous pattern:
So anyway, as you can tell I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA fiction, romance, fantasy, dystopian novels or Alice in Wonderland. It’s hard to express my adoration for this book, and I really can’t wait to start the second book of the series, Unhinged. I follow the author A.G Howard on Twitter, and she’s absolutely lovely and always replies to my tweets! Follow her here: @aghowardwrites.