Series: Splintered #3
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Amulet Books (1.6.2014)
Hardcover, 384 pages
Source: I own it
After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?
What a glorious end to an amazing series!! I really enjoyed it, but I’m very sad to see it go. I can’t believe I’ll never see Morph again :( I was so thrilled to jump back into the world that Howard creates! I didn’t realize how much I’d missed it. It’s sooo twisted…I love it! There were certain scenes where I was just like …..creeeeeepyyy…… and ok, I was a little disturbed. View Spoiler »Um, the talking punching bag of Jeb’s dad? Creepy! All of Jeb’s paintings were sooo cool, though! I love the idea of Red’s and Morpheus’s magic blending together to make Jeb’s. « Hide Spoiler MORPHEUS. OMG. How I love him!! As always, I was blown away by his depth of caring for Alyssa. There was absolutely nothing that he wouldn’t do for her! And most of all, he recognized her strength. As I mentioned in my review of Unhinged, he never doubted that she could handle herself. He didn’t save her all the time because he knew she could save herself. I loved that!!
“I finally have a secret of my own. Not so fun being on the other side of one, is it?” The slow burn of amusement warms his features. He leans in and whispers, “On the contrary, My Queen. I cannot imagine anything more delicious than peeling away your defenses, layer by layer, baring your precious….secret.”
View Spoiler »Um, and let’s not even talk about him making Alyssa lingerie out of his prom outfit. *dies* I should probably find that disturbing, but it’s actually kinda sexy O_O « Hide Spoiler And then we have Jeb. Oh, little Jeb. It’s no secret that I am NOT a Jeb fan. And in the beginning, I kind of hated him. He was really digging that hole! View Spoiler »It pissed me off that he believed for certain that Alyssa wouldn’t come for him, whereas Morpheus had faith in her. He was proud of her for finding a way. Then, the animosity that Jeb showed Alyssa, despite all that she’d gone through to get back to him, made me dislike him even more. « Hide Spoiler However, toward the end I do have to admit that he earned my grudging respect. *heavy sigh* I suppose he was alright in the end. (But Morpheus is still better!) View Spoiler »I loved how everything was handled with the final showdown! I was pretty darn shocked when they revealed that “Jeb” had his eyes and tongue cut out. I was like Wait, what?! No way. They’ll fix it somehow. Then he got thrown into the acid fountain, and I knew there had to be something else going on. No way would Jeb die! (And wait, do I actually care about that?! What is happening?!) I totally didn’t even think about his double! I also thought it was awesome that Jeb repainted Wonderland! « Hide Spoiler The ending made me cry a little! View Spoiler »HAPPY tears!! It was so beautiful, you guys! It’s so rare for a book to make me cry because it’s happy, not sad (um, someone dying). That gets bonus points from me! I thought it was perfect! Although, I can see where people could have a problem with it. Despite the fact that I loved it, I still have my reservations about it morally. It doesn’t quite sit well with me that Alyssa got the best of both worlds. It doesn’t work that way!! But this is fantasy and I do enjoy a HEA as much as the next girl does! « Hide Spoiler
Glory and deprecation – sunlight and shadows – the scuttle of a scorpion and the melody of a nightingale. Sister One’s description of him never seemed more apt. The breath of the sea and the cannonade of a storm.
Plot: 4.5/5 Premise: 5/5 Writing Style: 4.5/5 Originality: 4.5/5 Characters: 5/5 World Building: 5/5 Pace: 5/5 Feels: 5/5 Cover: 4.5/5
Overall rating: 5/5
The Splintered Trilogy
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