book review :: unhinged by a.g howard (splintered #2)

14 March 2014

Title: Unhinged
Author: A. G Howard
Series: Splintered #2
Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: January 1st 2014
Pages: 387
Book: For Review*
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Re-Tellings, Adventure
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Summary: 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. -goodreads
Tantalizing. Wild. Creepy - this book blew my breath away with its intricate detail, ingenious plot, and artfully developed characters. The place of magic and crafty beings of Wonderland seeps into the 'real' world slowly, but with life-changing consequences as Alyssa tries to juggle Morpheus. Jeb, her parents, and the growing realization that she has a lot more on her plate than she first thought.
When Alyssa chose the human world over the interlaced webs of sorcery that were trapping her to Wonderland, she thought her troubles were behind her - thought she wouldn't have to worry anymore. She was wrong. Visions, artistic creations gone 'wrong', nothing seems to be playing into her hands - so Alyssa has to accept defeat. She has no choice. After all - Morpheus is always watching her: a shadow that never leaves even in darkness. If she doesn't do what he wants then who knows what will happen?
In a blink, his wings fully manifest and slice the smoky haze, peeling it back to reveal him in his true state: flawless, pale skin, masquerade-style patches curved like ivy beneath his eyes. The teardrop-shaped jewels flash bright and blinding through a rainbow of colors, so many moods they can’t be read. - unhinged by a.g howard
The character development in this book was stunning. I really felt a part of the whole story and it was like I was walking around in Alyssa's shoes - and while she didn't have the best experiences ever it was so fun and refreshing to feel completely immersed in the plot, having had a few 'meh' reads before picking this book up.
I'm still torn between Jeb and Morpheus. Still. I know Nikki is adamantly against Jeb but, but, Jeb. Which brings me to Morpheus. Morpheus. He has wings. He's Morpheus. (I can feel a name vomit coming on in which I just go, Jeb - but Morpheus, but, but Jeb - so I'm going to stop now!) I'm just going to say that the love triangle was actually one of the best parts of the book (i know!) purely because you have no idea who Alyssa is going to end up with - and since when does that happen in books? Usually I can tell straight away and when the ''moment'' happens i'm just sighing and rolling my eyes...
“All I have to do is set the power free. Escape the chains of humanity, let madness be my guide. If I forget everything but Wonderland, I can become beautiful pandemonium.” - unhinged by a.g howard
Alyssa was the perfect protagonist - because she had her flaws but she was so kick-ass and fierce and bold and when she finally, finally released her powers and embraced her ''inner Wonderland'' - well GAH, can I have wings please and thank you.
Finally, onto the world building. A.G Howard is one astounding genius. The way she used the weird and wonderful words from Alice In Wonderland and created beings out of them. The complex layers to the plot, the way she would make something happen that tied in perfectly with the 'original' story but was so incredible and I would just sit there with a: 'well that was clever and innovative and SO AWESOME' expression on my face..
If you couldn't tell already, Unhinged was absolutely perfect in every way. With spectacular world-building, a group of characters that make you feel the feels, a crop of astounding otherworldly creatures and creeptastic beings (stalker(s)), and a plot that will keep your heart racing and hook you in with sharp, wonderful claws, if you've not read this series, then why not? My rating: 
*thank you thank you thank you to the wonderful Abrams for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.

6 comments:

  1. I saw this beautifully written review sitting there with no comments so I thought I'd come over and comfort it. :)
    Great review, Hawwa. I really love the cover and I think this is totally worth looking at.

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    1. STOP MAKING MY POST FEEL RUBBISH ABOUT ITSELF. :P Thanks and yes the series is amazing!

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  2. I wanna read this series SO badly - it looks so unique and amazing! Stop gushing because I just want this series so muuuuuuuchh now, THANKS FOR THAT! AND DAT COVER IS FLIPPING GORGEOUS! *.*

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  3. Seeing reviews like this makes me feel so guilty that this is yet another book I've started to read and haven't finished yet. I don't even remember what distracted me away from this book either because I was LOVING what I was reading...

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