This book. I just don’t know. Let me preface this post by stating that I have been in the most horrible book slump in the history of the entire world and I have been searching and searching for a book that would pull me out of it. Having said that, this review will most likely be incoherent ramblings as I struggle to sort out what I did and did not like about this book. Here we go. Are we ready? (no?) (oh well)
Splintered by A.G. Howard
A super quick summery:
Alyssa Gardner is a descendent of Alice Liddell (THE Alice of Alice in Wonderland), and THAT fact has ruined her entire life because, apparently everyone teases her about it. And there’s the little problem of all the women in her family have a tendency to be a bit mad. So Alyssa has it a bit tough, I guess. She’s kinda a social misfit. She’s super into skateboarding and is hopelessly in love with her BFF, Jeb (Jebediah. AWESOME NAME), and her mom is living in an asylum. After a series of incidents, Alyssa figures out that the stories of Alice are, in fact, true, and in order to save her mother, she must venture down into the rabbit hole and break a curse.
At first I was totally sucked in. This whole book was like a creepy, gothic, twisted re-telling of a beloved story. Here’s what I liked:
1. The gothic, creepy mood. If Tim Burton decided to write a contemporary, twisted version of Alice in Wonderland, this would be it.
2. The fact this re-telling could only be characterized as a very, very, very distant relative of the original story. As I was never a biiiig fan of Alice to begin with, it was kind of nice to read a story that really only used the skeletal structure of the original story and then took off from there.
Honestly that was it. Why I’m so confused about this book is that I was still (for the most part) interested in where the story was headed. I guess I’ll start rattling off a list of things that bothered me. Although I’ll bet everyone an exorbitant amount of money that I’ll end up contradicting myself and subsequently talk myself into liking this book. ANYWAY, here we go:
1. Alice. She was annoying and didn’t seem to have a clue about anything. She was just a bit too whiny for my taste. Having said this, she did have some strong points…. I’m having trouble coming up with them at this point in time BUT I’m sure they exist. Probably.
2. The rest of the characters. There wasn’t one character that I became attached to at all. This is a problem because I’ve discovered that, for me, plot is becoming less and less important in the books I read, and I’m waaaaay more interested in the characters and their arcs throughout the course of the book or series. So it’s unfortunate if I don’t connect with any of the characters, which was the case in Splintered.
3. Alice’s artwork. She makes art out of dead bugs. SHE MAKES ART OUT DEAD BUGS. I don’t think I need to explain this reason.
Overall this book puzzled me. I was totally into it for the first half or so, and then I became bored with the storyline and characters. I know this is the first in a series, but I really don’t care enough to continue.