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
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.
Praise for Splintered:
to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..." --Kirkus Reviews
deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by
competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than