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Unhinged is the second book in the Splintered trilogy by A.G. Howard. I suggest reading my review of Splintered first.
As soon as I finished reading Splintered I immediately went back to the bookstore I had impulsively bought that book from and impulsively bought this one too, haha.
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Ironically, it took me a month to get back to the series after reading Splintered, even though I had immediately picked up the book. I blame the fact that I got a bunch of books (aka the Divergent Trilogy, #1, #2 and #3) for my birthday, and thus was sidetracked.
This book is just as gorgeous as Splintered was. I really applaud the efforts they put into making them such beautiful pieces, and I CAN’T WAIT to see what Ensnared looks like.
As my previous review states, the first book of the Splintered trilogy is a somewhat twisted retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Unhinged picks up after Alyssa comes back from Wonderland. Alyssa wants nothing more than to return to her normal, human life. Wonderland has other ideas however, and she finds that it’s impossible to keep her two worlds apart. Suddenly she’s fighting for everyone she loves, only to end up losing everything.
I loved this book! Not quite OH MY GOD THIS BOOK IS FLIPPIN’ AMAZING *jumps up and down*, like I did with Splintered, but I was definitely still enamored by it! The tension between Alyssa and Morpheus was practically palatable, and for some reason I just kept wanting to yell FORGET JEB, FORGET JEB!! lol I loved that Howard showed us M’s softer, more vulnerable side in this book. He seemed so domineering and impenetrable in Splintered, but Unhinged really showcased the other parts of his personality.
Speaking of different parts to a personality, Howard did a great job keeping Alyssa at odds with herself. It felt like the more she tried to stay “normal”, the more her netherling side wanted to burst from her skin. Even prepping for prom brought it out, despite the fact that prom is one of the most human things there is. I thought Howard did a great job at developing several characters in this book, which is often something an author struggles with in the second book of a trilogy. The second book is almost always the worst one (at least for me!).
Oh, the twists and turns of this plot!! There were several things which happened that I had totally NOT expected. In fact, there was only one instance where I DID figured out something before it played out in the book. Just as in Splintered, the ending is where the twisting plot truly climaxes and you can barely believe what’s going down. Oh and the CLIFFHANGER we’re left with… WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS?!?!?!
Sorry, I fangirled there for a moment.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it all took place in the human world. I totally understand, after having read it, WHY it had to be that way, but while reading it I kept wishing to go back to the crazy world that is Wonderland.
I completely recommend reading this book after Splintered! This trilogy is for anyone who loves young adult, story retellings, Alice in Wonderland, and/or fantasy. These books live up to their hype, and I really can’t wait for Ensnared to come out next year!
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