By A. G. Howard
while her mother’s psychological overall healthiness takes a flip for the more serious, Alyssa learns that what she notion was once fiction is predicated in terrifying fact. the true Wonderland is a spot some distance darker and extra twisted than Lewis Carroll ever enable on. There, Alyssa needs to move a sequence of exams, together with draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the snoozing tea social gathering, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to mend Alice’s blunders and retailer her relatives. She should also make a decision whom to belief: Jeb, her attractive ally and mystery overwhelm, or the horny yet suspicious Morpheus, her advisor via Wonderland, who could have darkish reasons of his own.
learn all of the books in the ny occasions bestselling Splintered sequence: Splintered (Book 1), Unhinged (Book 2), Ensnared (Book 3), and Untamed (The significant other Novel).
Praise for Splintered:
"Fans of darkish delusion, in addition to of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will discover a lot to like during this compelling and creative novel."
—Bulletin of the guts for kid's Books
"Alyssa is among the most original protagonists i have encounter shortly. Splintered is darkish, twisted, solely riveting, and a really romantic tale."
"Brilliant, since it is bold, creative, and infrequently stunning — a modern remodeling of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow towards Tim Burton’s 2010 movie version."
—The Boston Globe
"It’s a deft, advanced metamorphosis of this children’s fable made extra engaging by way of competing romantic pursuits, a psychedelic surroundings, and extra mad violence than its original."
" Protagonist Alyssa...is an unique. Howard's visible mind's eye is improved. The story's creepiness is interesting as horror, and its hypnotic tone and atmosphere, on the intersection of insanity and creativity, may still sweep readers down the rabbit hole."
"While readers will have fun with such recognizable scenes as Alyssa ingesting from a bottle to curb, the richly distinct scenes that stray from the unique will attract the mind's eye. those adventures are certainly wonderful."
"Attention to gown and atmosphere render this a visually wealthy read..."
"Wonderland is stuffed with a lot that isn't as exceptional as should be anticipated, and but, it really is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her real nature. the canopy with its swirling tendrils and bugs surrounding Alyssa would definitely allure youngster readers who won't dissatisfied with this magical, edgy tale."
—Reading this present day Online
"Creepy, descriptive learn with a beneficiant dollop of romance."
—School Library Journal
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Extra resources for Splintered (Splintered Series #1): Splintered Book One
Bizarre. If I’m in England, it may nonetheless be early morning the following … means earlier than sunrise. in some way, I arrived whilst the image within the brochure—the time I expected. Blades of grass prickle via my gloves as I push my weight onto my fingers to sit up straight. The sundial statue boy waits a couple of toes away. at the back of me is a fountain, the water flowing alongside reflected panels as tall as i'm. they need to be the opposite facet of the portal I stepped via, simply because my hair and garments are damp. A spiked, wrought-iron fence casts shadows around the backyard. I stand, drop my backpack to the floor, and brush speckles of dust from my skirt and tights. The birds chirping and white noise from the plants and bugs sound actual. The breeze shaking the leaves overhead feels actual. The body spray of white roses from a bush at the different facet of the statue smells actual. All my senses inform me this isn’t a fable. My mind's eye couldn’t conjure palms like my guide’s—or the music he lit in my reminiscence. A music for which the phrases break out me, yet indirectly outline me. The melody brings again emotions of convenience and security—like an previous lullaby. I be aware of the white noise. a unique whisper spins via my ears. locate the rabbit gap … The breeze coaxes a gentle perfume my manner. It’s the roses speaking. I drop to my knees and move slowly towards the sundial statue, parting the grass as i'm going. There needs to be a gap or a steel lid—something that may cover a tunnel. An ornate rock border and a flooring hide of ivy encompass the statue’s huge platform. I begin digging in the course of the leaves. White noise erupts as I dissatisfied the sacred dwellings of spiders, beetles, and flying bugs. a few scatter underneath my hands; others gentle into the air. Their whispers hold like static, top me. With the contact of a feather, you could input the nether. I scramble to my toes, then step into the ivy, giving the statue a push. It doesn’t budge. The time has to be correct, or you’ll be the following all evening. Time. i attempt to remember the “’ Twas brillig” poem definitions. Wasn’t 4 o’clock pointed out? in line with the sundial’s shadow, it’s a bit earlier 5. perhaps i must flip again the clock by some means. i attempt to strength the gnomon shaft to a brand new place so its shadow will fall at the Roman numeral IV. It doesn’t budge, both. perhaps the statue simply has to imagine it’s 4. I dig during the backpack, dragging out the feather quill I pulled from my dad’s recliner. “With the contact of a feather …” I heart the plume over the dial and stream it until eventually it casts a shadow pointing to the IV. Then I tuck the quill right into a crevice to carry it in position. The sundial nonetheless reads 5 o’clock, too, yet I’m hoping my improvisation is sufficient to do the trick. a chain of clicks and clatters emerges from contained in the statue’s base, like latches being opened. center racing, I wedge my shoulder opposed to the stone boy’s fingers. With my heels rooted into the ivy, i take advantage of my legs to push and pressure opposed to the stone. Rock grates alongside steel, and the statue advice over on its base. A poof of airborne dirt and dust belches, then clears, revealing a gap the dimensions of a good.