Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Review: Unhinged by A.G Howard

Author: A.G Howard
Pages: 387
Publisher: Amulet Books 
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Status: Splintered #2

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.


The story picks up a year after the events of the first book, Splintered, and our main characters have been living fairly normal, yet disconnected, lives.

While Alyssa's life has gone back to some form of normalcy, she, her parents, and her boyfriend Jeb, still have to live with the consequences of her refusal to become the Red Queen permanently. As tension builds between Alyssa and her parents over her relationship with Jeb, Morpheus reappears with news that can destroy all their lives.

Although I wasn't a huge fan of the first book (I'm sure I only gave it 3.5 stars), I did enjoy this book. 

There was a lot more action, and we actually witnessed Alyssa's character develop. She's much angrier than she was in book one- at herself and traitorous feelings, her deteriorating relationship with her parents and Jeb, and her own confusion as to who she really is. Her anger fuelled her passion and true character, proving to us she's one who won't go down without a fight. What I loved the most is that slowly, but surely, she was becoming more comfortable in her skin as a netherling, and that she didn't really have to depend solely on Jeb or Morpheus- she's learning how to call the shots and manipulating people on her own. 

While the character development in Alyssa, Jeb, Morpheus and her mom were great, the relationship between Alyssa and her boys haven't. Although they all learn how to work together, there was a lot of problems between all of them. But, the author did hint to the future of both her relationships with them, and I wasn't too satisfied with it.

Regardless, this was a great book, and I'm really happy that I picked it up in the library!

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