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.

Release Date: January 1, 2013 by Amulet Books
Pages: 384


Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies to watch. I can watch it over and over again. When I came across Splintered, it became a must read for me! It was very tempting to read Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland first!

From Carroll’s version you have a few characters that are the same….yet they are different. Howard does a great job with descriptions and keeping you reading.  I really enjoy the twist on the characters from Wonderland. You can see bits and pieces of the original story in Splintered, yet at the same time you get a whole new world. This is a book that I would love to see as a movie (of course it looked really great playing in my mind….it’s never the same as what really comes out in a movie…kwim?).

This is definately a must read for 2013!