My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I didn’t really know much about Splintered going into it aside from the fact that it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling, so I was pleasantly surprised. I instantly fell in love with Alyssa’s voice, not to mention the delicious romance and excellent world building.
Alyssa is one of my favorite main characters so far this year. At the beginning of the book, she definitely comes across as very broken thanks to her relationship with her mom, but during the course of the book she gains confidence in herself, so that by the end she’s able to overcome her insecurities. In my opinion, this makes her a truly strong character, and Alyssa’s character development is probably the strongest among the book’s many strengths.
I know a lot of people are so totally over love triangles, but the love triangle in Splintered is so well-executed, I was just as torn between both gentlemen as Alyssa was. On the one hand, we have Jeb, who is super protective (without crossing the line into too-protective) and sweet. On the other hand, we have Morpheus, who is enigmatic and dark and oh-so-appealing. Both guys have their share of flaws, but both genuinely care about Alyssa, and both experience growth over the course of the story.
Wonderland really came to life in Splintered, and what a terrifying place it was. And yet at the same time, it was beautiful, thanks to its stunning imagery and Howard’s beautiful writing. It’s definitely a place I look forward to visiting again.
I’m really glad I read this for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge, because this is a book I haven’t heard a whole lot about and therefore probably wouldn’t have read otherwise. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone.