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.
It was SO awesome to be back into this world and all of it's madness!! As always, A.G. Howard takes us through a world like no other; filled with insanity, madness, chaos, and LOTS of fun. And I LOVED every minute of it!!! ;)
I was quickly pulled back it to this world like I never even left it. Granted, I did read UNHINGED shortly after I read the first book, SPLINTERED. But the author was able to tie everything in nicely, allowing the reader to feel drawn back into the world and characters, and made me fall even more in love with it all!
Alyssa's finally made it out of Wonderland and back home to the human realm, but it's a far cry from "Getting back to normal," like she's ever had a normal. But now her mother is freshly out of the asylum and controlling her like she was still five years-old. And her father is still in the dark about their heritage, and that her mother was never really crazy at all. And Jeb still doesn't remember what happen in Wonderland, because "Technically", he was never really even there. But to make matters even more insane, her blood is doing crazy stuff, and acting images out in her paintings. So between having to continue to lie to Jeb and her father, and having no one to turn to about what's really going on in her life, besides her overly protective mother, and having blood with a mind of it's own, yeah, it's enough to drive anyone mad.
But just when Alyssa starts to think her life can't get anymore complicated, Morpheus, the frustrating and extremely sexy Moth Man from her past shows up and throws her life back into the chaos and madness she left behind in Wonderland. And now he's demanding she return back to Wonderland, because Red is up to her old tricks again, but this time, it's not only all of Wonderland in danger, but the human realm too...
Now Alyssa must decide if she's really willing to let Wonderland fall under the destruction that Red will surly bring, or if she's ready to go back down the rabbit hole and into the same place that almost drove her utterly mad. Because Red is coming, and she wants revenge, and if Alyssa doesn't bring the fight to her in Wonderland, then Red will definitely come to the human realm and bring the battle to her. One way or another, Alyssa must face Red in this upcoming battle for the crown she's already won.
But before Alyssa can make her move and head back into Wonderland to gear up for war with Red, Wonderland literally walks into the human realm bringing tons of netherlings with it. But something isn't right, and Alyssa knows Morpheus knows more then he's letting on. But with so much going on, and all the crazy netherlings pouring in through the portals, her paintings turning up missing, and the scary little toys coming to life and following her around, and the bugs warning her that trouble is finally here, she realizes she may be to late. Red might already be here, and she's not leaving unless it's inside of Alyssa's body, possessing her forever...
I really thought UNHINGED was a great sequel with lots of drama and tons of action and twist that I didn't see coming. Which I loved, but at the same time, had some issues with! One being that the whole entire book was plotted in the human world. Which is okay, I guess, but I really missed being back in Wonderland, and thought at least some of the story would be plotted there. But it wasn't, and I really didn't like that aspect at all. Another small issue I had with UNHINGED was that it felt like there was way too much going on at once. I mean the whole plot was so fast, with things changing and different lies being revealed almost every other chapter. And it just got to be a little overwhelming. It wasn't too bad, but sometimes I had to go back and reread a chapter that I just previously read to make sure I didn't miss anything or read it the wrong way. But besides that, I thought it was a great sequel that I absolutely adored!
Overall, UNHINGED delivered on many levels and prepared us for one hell of a sequel, that I can't WAIT to dig into soon!! A.G. Howard is just full of awesomeness, with a mind that can conjure up the most fascinating and intriguing plots that I have ever come across. And I would definitely read ANYTHING this author writes! So overall, I would highly recommend UNHINGED and this complete series to anyone looking for a book that's thick-plotted, with sharp and developed characters, and a world that is full of utter maddens and pure chaos. Then UNHINGED and this series is definitely for you!!
NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Amulet Books for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own and are not influenced in any way!
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
SPLINTERED & UNHINGED, books 1 & 2 of her urbanized /gothic Alice in Wonderland series, are now available from Amulet Books. Book 3, ENSNARED, launches 2015.
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