The only thing you need to know is: Ensnared was perfect.
Now hold your moths, if you know that I’m an aggressive Morpheus-Alyssa shipper, you will think you know how it ended. You will be wrong. The ending is as complex as it is delicious.
This is a spoiler free review (yup, no spoilers for Splintered or Unhinged either.) BUT! I need to talk about the finale so they will be in spoiler tags and please please don’t click if you haven’t read Ensnared.
I love this trilogy for the epic, feral, gorgeousness of Wonderland. There’s even more cruel beauty in AnyElsewhere. Everything is completely insane. I LOVE IT. The writing just…gosh. If I could ever write half as well as this, I would die happy. I adore the vibrant excruciatingly beautiful detail.
And there was so much character development for all the netherlings.
- Alyssa: We get to see her cruel dark side. She’s like 80% Netherling right now and she’s caving to her bloodlust. Sure she still faints like a damsel in distress a few times, BUT WE’LL FORGIVE HER. On account of the reason. Mwahaha. I cannot tell you, but it’s heartbreaking.
- Jeb: Guess what?! I don’t hate Jeb anymore! (I always thought he was well written, I just didn’t like him.) I have a lot of respect for him now. There is also the matter of him and Morpheus getting along like a moth on fire. They’re mildly adorable. And I really love Jeb’s wild bitter art. It’s beautiful.
- Morpheus: Oh well we know he is my favourite. Narcissistic, sassy, snarky, and beautiful. My only screech is that he didn’t come in until page 100. What even. I always need more Morpheus. But I loved his new relationship with Jeb…their banter was priceless.
This remains my one of my top trilogies. There is not a minute where I’m not guessing and wondering and hoping and crying about what’ll happen next.
Basically I shall flail because this book is beautiful chaos.
I am so pleased with this finale. It couldn’t be more perfect, really. The ending is satisfying but leaves me crying because I want more. I will miss Wonderland like nothing else.
Thank you Thames and Hudson for the review-copy! Ensnared by A.G. Howard came out in January, 2015.
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?