[Day 20] HauntoberFest – Splintered

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Title: Splintered (Series #1-3, including Novelette 1.5 and the upcoming Sequel 3.5)

Author: A. G. Howard

Average Page Length: 391 pages

Buy it here: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Synopsis: The Splintered Trilogy follows Alyssa Gardner, a girl who 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.




 “My precious Alyssa, share reality with me. Give me forever.
We will wreak such beautiful havoc together.”

― A. G. Howard, Ensnared



Why did I chose this book?


It shouldn’t be that strange to have a little Wonderland as part of this month’s haunting event. For no matter what others might say, Wonderland and all its peculiarities most certainly have a place during the month when the veil between worlds shift and we are able to glimpse into the world beyond and to the side and below us all at once. And our imaginations take flight.

This series is easily my YA favourite retelling/sequel to the Alice In Wonderland tale. There are others (adult titles) that get the same amount of praise from me as well, but this may very well be the only young adult series to do so.

I really REALLY wanted some more dark fantasy than straight up horror in today’s HauntoberFest showing, else I would have 100000% gone with Alice instead.

Besides the obvious coverpron overload x100000000000, the characters, storytelling, and world-building is soooo good. This would definitely be a book to read if you’re not as big on horror, but love some dark fantasy and YA to boot. It never gets scary enough to be considered true horror (at least, certainly not to me) but there are moments of the delightfully macabre in nature, and lots and lots of freakish wonders to boggle the mind.

There’s also a great deal of beauty within, which isn’t only restricted to the lovely covers.

You wouldn’t want to miss this trilogy and its side stories.

What I love/like about it:

  • Wholeheartedly not gonna lie: MORPHEUS. ❤
  • ….honestly I don’t even need to say more than that. Cover… Morpheus… yup. I think that about covers it. (P.S. Morpheus is the lovely blue fellow in the middle and the only one who makes the books worthwhile. You sassy, starky little asshole. I love you. ❤ ❤ ❤ )



Four-half-stars for Brent Weeks


Warnings or Triggers

Hmm… none that I can think of. There’s mention of some things that might be a little cringe or shudder worthy depending on how sensitive you are, but other than that… Well, it’s a YA book. There’s not gonna be much. 😛?






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