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Monday, December 9, 2013

Review- UNHINGED by A.G. Howard

UNHINGED (Splintered #2)
A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books 
ISBN:  978-1419709715
Source: ARC from the publisher
Rating: Obsessed!!!!!!!!!!!
From Goodreads.
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.

Ok so most of you know how much I loved SPLINTERED! It is one of my favorite books of 2014! I absolutely love Alice in Wonderland retellings and A.G. Howard has made this retelling one of my absolute favorites! I love the darkness that she has brought to the series, because in my mind I never saw Wonderland as the happy place in the Disney version. I always imagined the Lewis Carroll version to be much darker.

So now that I’ve read UNHINGED (even though it’s not set in Wonderland)... A.G has brought elements of Wonderland to us and it’s an amazing story of love and sacrifice! We get to delve deeper into Alyssa’s family story and I love that we finally get to spend more time with her mom! I did want to throw things at her though sometimes lol. And yes we get plenty of our boys! I am 100% Team Jeb and I am very happy with how much we got of him! And don’t worry Morpheus fans he’s here too in all of his winged (and sometimes not winged lol) glory!

I will say that A.G. kicked my ass with the ending and I’m dying to read book 3 like yesterday!

I (of course) chose a scene between Alyssa and Jeb to share with you.

"Hey, take it easy.” Jeb works my hands free from their prison of fingers and presses my palm to his collarbone. “ I brought you here to give you this.” He drags my hand down to his chest where a hard knot the size of a dime presses back from under his shirt. That’s when I notice the shimmer of a delicate chain around his neck.

He lifts off the necklace and holds it over the lantern. It’s a heart-shaped locket with a keyhole in its middle,

“I found it in a little antique market in London. Your mom gave you that key you wear all the time, right?”

I squirm, itching to correct the half-truth—that it’s not exactly the same key she had saved for me, although it opens the same weird and wild world.

“Well…” He leans across the basket to place the necklace over my head. It falls in line atop my key. He drags my hair free, smoothing the strands to cover both chains. “I thought this could be symbolic. It’s made of the same kind of metal, looks vintage like the key. Together, they prove what I’ve always known. Even when we used to come here as kids.”

“And what’s that?” I watch him, intrigued by how the tunnel’s opening tints one side of his smooth complexion with bluish light.

“That only you have the key to open my heart.”

 Want to know what happens next? You’ll just have to read the book to find out!


  1. I have an ARC of this one, and I am dying to start it. I LOVE MORPHEUS!!! Can't wait to see the dark and twisty in this one...

    YA Sisterhood

  2. I preordered this! Loved loved Splintered!


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