Review and Giveaway: Unhinged by A.G. Howard

January 1, 2014 A.G. Howard, Fantasy, Giveaway, Reviews 37 ★★★★

Unhinged by A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered # 2
Published by Amulet Books on January 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: ARC
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four-stars
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.

Alyssa is  back home from Wonderland, enjoying a normal (or what passes for normal in Alyssa’s world) life in high school with Jeb by her side.  This relative peace comes to a screeching halt when a wave of water summoned by Morpheus sweeps her back to Wonderland.  Queen Red has seized parts of Wonderland, and Morpheus threatens to wreak havoc in the human world unless Alyssa agrees to help.

Oh, wait a minute…that was just a dream…perhaps.  A very vivid dream.  Actually, Alyssa nearly drowned in a storm drain, and she wakes up three days later in a hospital, uncertain of what is real.  She soon learns that Morpheus has inhabited a human form, and he’s posing as a foreign exchange student at her school.  This serves as the source of enormous frustration for Alyssa and fun for us, the readers.  Morpheus is the master of gentle tormenting, and he doesn’t hold back in dishing it to out to Alyssa and Jeb.  Even though I’m firmly Team Morpheus, I enjoyed Jeb a lot in Splintered.  But he definitely suffers here in comparison to Morpheus, although Morpheus is so charismatic and intriguing, that would probably be the case for any guy.  It’s starting to seem that the main thing Jeb has going for himself is his muscles, and I suspect (and hope) that Alyssa will sever this love triangle soon.

Splintered gave us an incredibly imaginative look into Wonderland, but in Unhinged, the action takes place in the mortal world.  Thanks to Howard’s writing, it is no less exciting, and there is still danger (and a CLOWN) lurking around every corner.  I also love that some very surprising secrets involving Alyssa’s parents were revealed.  It’s interesting how these secrets compare and contrast with Alyssa’s life, and I get the sense that there is still so much more to uncover.

Check out my review of Splintered.

Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Stephanie

37 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Unhinged by A.G. Howard”

  1. Mel

    Yes, I’ve made a few resolutions this year and I do plan to stick to them as much as possible. 🙂

  2. Ann

    I made a few. Hopefully I stick with them. I never really accomplish any of them. Lol I reuse so many

  3. Panda Ninja

    I love the cover of this book! The review made me really want to read it. I have a few New Year resolutions that I blogged about on my blog just recently. The main one is completing my novel! Happy New Year! 🙂
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  4. Layla

    I hope to be able to read most of the books in my TBR pile! I’ll probably be able to keep my promise if I stop adding so many books! 🙂

  5. Margay

    I don’t make resolutions because they’re too easy to break. It’s better to set goals.

  6. Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

    My blog resolutions include to read more from my Netgalley & personal library (before I request or buy anymore books). It’s only January 2 and I’m already having a hard time keeping myself from getting more books! But I really need to do this.

    My personal resolution is to exercise more.

  7. LeKeisha Thomas

    No, I didn’t make any resolutions this year. Actually, I don’t believe in making them. I just try to be the best person that I can, all year round.

  8. Mary G Loki

    Yes I have two! One is to lose weight; I have already startes and have lost a couple of pounds already! 😀 My other is to submit (and hopefully be accepted) into a TALK program! Basically I travel abroad and teach english.

  9. Brynna

    I actually don’t make new year resolutions. I figure if I’m going to change something about myself for the better, I’ll do it any time I want to, whether it’s January or June.

  10. Kelly

    I made a resolution to do online yoga videos regularly. I have an anxiety disorder, plus I need to exercise to lose weight, so it seems like it would help on both counts.

  11. Diane Johnson

    To not spend so much money and finish last year to do list before end of 2014 Can’t wait to read. AWSOME cover

  12. JenniferK

    My resolution was to eat better and workout more. So far I have been doing it every day.

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