Sunday, February 16, 2014

Book 9: Splintered

Posted by Dawn Dalton on 10:12 AM

Author: A. G. Howard

When I was a kid, my mother nicknamed me "Alice" — her little dreamer. Of course, the nickname came from my favourite book, Alice in Wonderland. I've maybe read Lewis Caroll's classic a dozen or more times in my youth, have amassed a few collector's copies of the book, and have watched and re-watched Tim Burton's ingenious adaptation. Yeah, a bit obsessive. (Don't even get me started on my Princess Bride collection...)

So when I read the blurb copy for SPLINTERED and realized it was a re-envisioning of Alice in Wonderland, I was both excited, and terrified. Sometimes, re-tellings don't work our so well.

I needn't have worried. A.G. Howard's SPLINTERED ranks as one of my favourite books in recent memory. It's a perfect blend of action, romance and Lewis Carroll parallels. And the writing! Good grief — the author's prose is as magical (if not more) as the story. I devoured every. single. word.

I have UNHINGED (the second book of the trilogy) at the top of my TBR pile, but I think I'm going to take some time and savour this story before reading the next instalment — something tells me when I finish UNHINGED, it's going to be a painful, long wait for the third book, January 2015.

Of course, you don't have to love Alice in Wonderland to love UNHINGED. It is magical and beautiful and brilliant, even without the parallels. Coming from a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan, that's saying a lot.

Read this. Now.

No, seriously. You won't be disappointed.

- Dawn


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