Waiting on Wednesday #23 – SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. You can visit their website to see what other bloggers are “waiting” on. This week I’m highlighting a debut author, and this is her book:

Splintered by A. G. Howard. Release date: January 2013 (Amulet Books).  Alyssa is a descendant of the real inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, Alice Liddell, and she seems to be suffering from the family curse of being able to hear the flowers whisper.  Welcome to a very sinister version of Wonderland, according to A. G. Howard. Here’s what Goodreads says:

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, 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.

I was a bit confused when I saw the cover of this book. It reminds me so much of Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen. Not only do the covers look similar, but both the book titles and the authors’ names are similar too!  Has anyone else noticed that? Anyway, Splintered looks so good, and I can’t wait to read it.

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Posted September 5, 2012 by Tammy in Waiting on Wednesday / 12 Comments


12 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday #23 – SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

  1. You are so right – when I saw the cover and author I was immediately reminded of Scarlet. I haven’t heard of Splintered before, great find! Love the cover. Between this and Alice in Zombieland, it’s Alice’s year!

  2. Nancy Luebke

    Sounds great, just started Murder in Provence myself written by Susan Kiernan-Lewis. So many good books, so little time

  3. Jennifer @ Fictitious Musings

    I’m dying to read Splintered too. Isn’t the cover gorgeous!