Series: Splintered #2
Published by Abrams on January 7th 2014
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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.
Splintered went way beyond any expectation I had for it. A magical retelling of Alice in Wonderland that left me in awe. After that, I was dying to get into Unhinged. To see what was next for our characters, for their romance, and how everything would play out.
I can’t say that I was disappointed in Unhinged. But I also can’t say that I loved it as much as I thought I would. One of the biggest selling points for me with this series thus far has been its unique twist on Wonderland. With Unhinged, some of that magic seemed to disappear. Mainly due to this time around we are in the real world vs. being in Wonderland previously. Also, the love triangle that worked out so well the first time around felt a bit forced. Morpheus is up to his old tricks. However, this time, I feel like I got to know him better. He lets down a little bit of that wall, and we really got to see what could be possible. Oh, and the little twist was just too perfect! As for Jeb, I often felt like I was meeting a new character. The guy who previously felt like the knight in shinning armor came across as weak and often unlikable. There were times that I even questioned myself. Wondering what it was that I liked so much about him in Splintered. While Jeb does eventually does get his act together, I think I need more knight in shinning armor examples before he gets redeemed in my eyes.
Wanted more, but happy with what I got.