I’m still dying. I will be in pain until 2015 when Ensnared comes out. Thanks a lot, Wonderland.
Thanks Thames and Hudson Australia for the review-copy! Unhinged by A.G. Howard came out on Jan 7th, 2014.
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.
If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
SPLINTERED & UNHINGED, books 1 & 2 of her urbanized /gothic Alice in Wonderland series, are now available from Amulet Books. Book 3, ENSNARED, launches 2015.
My mind = blown. I’m just…gah, I have such a book hangover right now. I just want to fangirl and cry and stroke the book (preciousssss) and get on my hands and knees (not a normal position for me) and beg for the next book. Time, please go faster.
I mostly have the same loves and hates for Unhinged as I did with Splintered. While I adored the creepiness of Wonderland (scootch over Tim Burton), I really didn’t like how it was continually said “but Lewis Carroll got it wrong and instead it’s like this…etc.” No. Imagine my grumpy face (it’s quite scary, actually) because Alice in Wonderland is my favourite classic of ever (besides Peter Pan) and while I love the continuation of the Splintered series, I don’t like the dismissal of Lewis Carroll getting it “wrong”
That saying, the author does dedicate the book to Lewis Carroll in the acknowledgements.
Okay, picky stuff out the way, now let’s get to the characters. Oh my delicious characters. (That sounded creepy, but Wonderland is all about the creepy.) While most of Splintered happened in Wonderland, most of Unhinged happens in our world. Bummer. I like Wonderland better. But did it lessen the awesome? Heck, no. There is CREEPINESS. There is mind-blowing IMAGINATION. There is MAGIC. Magic everywhere!
I’ll say it again: the author has the wickedest most fabulous imagination ever. I’m in awe. I love the Wonderland she’s created and how she adds layers and more layers and the amazingness just increases.
Of course then she used her imagination to hurt my babies. Happiness gone. DON’T HURT THEM.
Shall we talk characters now? Okay, good. I hoped you’d scream yes like that.
To be perfectly blunt (as I am sometimes), Al isn’t my favourite narrator of ever. I like her! Don’t get me wrong! But…she made a lot of stupid mistakes (a.k.a not dropping everything in Splintered and running to Morpheus’s creepy arms). And she tended to see what she wanted to see. For a girl with the power of Wonderland at her fingertips she spent a lot of time ignoring it. Silly girl.
Also I was sad how she fought with her mother. You just got her back! But THAT, dear blogglings, made sense towards the end.
Why…um, just why is he here? Life would be a whole lot simpler if Jeb just dropped off the face of the book. (Yeah, books aren’t fun when they’re simple, blah, blah.) Jeb spends a lot of time a) in the way, b) being his normal controlling self, and c) needing to be rescued.
Oh. Morpheus. But I won’t blather unnecessarily about him, I promise. (You all know my feelings on this triangle.) My mind has exploded with Morpheus’ plot twists. I spent the whole book saying, “Aw, Morpheus” and “AW MORPHEUS”, which is the same phrase but the inflections are completely different. Sassy wit = vulnerable. Oh, and Morpheus got a car.
Morpheus and his car, basically:
I like that. I like that a lot.
The description was as awesome as always. Seriously, I taste, see, smell, and feel so much. It’s incredible. There are only a few books that I get so absorbed in while reading. This series is top of the list.
But talk about the cliffhanger ending. HEY. Not. Fair. How…how can it end like that? It’s so wrong…and completely right. And I will literally hyperventilate until 2015. You see if I don’t.
I loved Unhinged. I just…I’m absolutely obsessed with this series, okay?
Unfortunately, Cait horrifically bent the cover of Unhinged while reading (she was too engrossed to notice until it was curled). Let us weep together. She plans to squash it flat with her cello case. Fandom references apply. Besides fangirling over Morpheus, she has found her new shirt that she needs very much. She has a book hangover.