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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,359 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. G. Howard Narrator: Rebecca Gibel Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Splintered Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538466049
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This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. 

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Splintered is a delicious, mad, wonderful read. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

    Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Madder than the Hatter’s tea party and way more fun, A. G. Howard’s Splintered is a beautifully evoked, lush, wild tale of illusions, hysteria, magic, and love.”

    Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I’ve come across in a while…Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale.”

    USA Today

  • “A brilliant debut…It is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Rebecca Gibel’s narrative voice is pleasantly raspy while her characters are delightfully unique…[Her] sterling performance improves this over-the-top paranormal romance.”

    AudioFile

  • “Howard’s visual imagination is superior; a cavalcade of weirdness dances across the pages…The story’s creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy, made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original.”

    Booklist

  • “A visually rich read. More Tim Burton than Lewis Carroll, a sensuous version of Alice’s adventures for the Hot Topic crowd.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally | 2/12/2014

    " This book is AMAZING!!!!!!! A must-read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Price | 2/3/2014

    " Great book with lots of twists and turns. It really brought Wonderland to a more gruesome level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Register | 1/19/2014

    " This book was a bit dark and a bit insane...I loved it! A totally fun twist on Alice in Wonderland. The beginning is a bit creepy with a whole bug-pinning-art-mural thing going on, but that doesn't last long. The language was clean. The romances were clean. I always appreciate that in an adolescent fiction novel. I'd read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 12/16/2013

    " Honestly I dont know where to begin with this review. It was soooo much better than expected. Splintered had me all over the place, I actually felt I was in the story watching everything happen around me. Wonderland is a very mystical, dark and wonderful world where you want to be trapped in and never leave. All I can really say is WOW!! At first I really didnt like Alyssa because I didnt like the way she handle her whole I can talk to bugs and flowers but i dont want to so Im going to kill them and make art so it goes away thing nor the way she would refer to her mom by her first name and instead of showing some compassion for her she would say she didnt want to end up like her(crazy) and be stuck in a mental institution. However, that is just me being a little sensitive towards mother/daughter relationships and I get that she had reasons for her feelings and deep down she still loves her mom. I love her dad though, he truly loved his wife and daughter no matter how they acted or what was going on in thier life. When I started liking Alyssa was when she realize her mom was acting that way for a reason: to protect her daughter. During the course of the book she does understand and learns to appreciate her mothers sacrifices and becomes a strong heroine. Jeb was amazing aswell, everything a guy should be but MORPHEUS...well let's just say that even though he had his own little hidden agenda I was totally falling for him and even after finishing the book I ended up loving him!!! Jeb and Morpheus are worthy opponents, but I want Morpheus to be victorious ;) I don't know if its his actions or the mystery surrounding him or simply his personality that makes me smile when I think of him (I'll probably be in the minority here, ohh well lol) Don't get me wrong, Jeb had my heart skipping a couple of beats, no wonder Alyssa is crushing on him. But this is probably the reason why I'm loving Morpheus: RAISING ONE HAND, HE TILTS HIS HAT TO THAT SEXY SLANT."YOU WANT ME. ADMIT IT." EVEN IF HE'S PARTLY RIGHT, I'LL NEVER TELL HIM. "WHY WOULD I WANT YOU?" HE LIFTS THREE FINGERS TO COUNTDOWN. "MYSTERIOUS. REBELLIOUS. TROUBLES. ALL THOSE QUALITIES WOMEN FIND IRRESISTIBLE." And Im one of those LOL. Overall the book was great, highly recommend to anybody that wants to escape this world and go to a place you never though could be real!! It feels like there might be a second book which I will eagerly anticipate! Happy reading guys!!! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Domini Phillips | 11/6/2013

    " A fun, fresh, dark take on Alice in Wonderland. Loved every minute of it. All the things so familiar and loved about the original reworked into a sinister new fairytale. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. Rolland | 10/25/2013

    " I immensely enjoyed Splintered. Howard did a brilliant job of upholding the magic of Wonderland while coating the world in a grim shroud of Tim Burton-like appeal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Great Books | 1/3/2013

    " Skater girl Alyssa Gardner is just like her mother: she hears bugs talk and plants scream, and madness lies in her future. To stop the family curse, Alyssa travels to a darkly twisted Wonderland to fix the mistakes of her ancestor, the original Alice. Reviewer 9. "

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About the Author

A. G. Howard wrote Splintered while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child. She lives in Amarillo, Texas.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Gibel (a.k.a. Kasha Kensington) is a stage actress who has performed in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Camelot (IRNE Award nomination), Urinetown (Denver Post Ovation Award nomination), and Othello. She won the Denver Post Readers’ Choice Award for Best Year by an Actress. Gibel is a graduate of the Brown University / Trinity Rep MFA acting program, where she was the Stephen Sondheim Fellow.