Series: Splintered #2
Also in this series: Ensnared
Released by Amulet Books on 7 January 2014
Genres: Fairytale Retellings
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.
If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.
Let me start of by saying that I liked Unhinged a bit more than Splintered. I really liked Splintered (even though I gave it only three stars), but Unhinged was even more perfect.
The Action – There was a lot of action in this book, action that got Alyssa into trouble multiple times. From Alyssa nearly drowning to the school’s gym being on fire. I loved reading all the action parts, though my favourite has got to be the one near the end of the book. I just loved the setting so much!
The Characters – Basically all the same characters from the previous book, only this time Alyssa’s mum has a bigger role. She’s back home from the asylum and we find out a lot about her past and her time with Morpheus. Awesome!
The Romance – I was very thrilled when I read that Alyssa and Jeb got together, until of course Morpheus showed up. I am still not a fan of the whole love-triangle in this book, and I just thought Morpheus was an ass throughout the entire book.
The Plot – Personally, I was a tiny bit disappointed that Alyssa didn’t go to Wonderland in this book, the entire story happened in the ‘real’ world. Yes of course, it shows us a bit more of Alyssa’s life, but I had really hoped for some Wonderland action. I loved reading about all the creepy Wonderland stuff in Splintered, and I had hoped for some more in Unhinged. Alas.
The Writing – The writing was phenomenal, just like with Splintered. I have to admit, I found it a bit hard to imagine Alyssa in her clothes, and I just imagined her as a sort of Gothic clown, every time her outfits were described, but that’s just me probably. I just really think this story is written very well, and I can’t wait to read more from A.G. Howard
There was a sort-off cliffhanger at the end of the book, and that just makes me really exciting for the third book, which comes out in 2015. If you’ve read Splintered, but not sure if you should read Unhinged, just do it. If you haven’t read Splintered, go and read it asap!