Unhinged by A.G. Howard (Book Review)

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Publisher: Abrams
Page Count
: 417

Unhinged is the second book in the Splintered series. If you’ve missed my review of the first book, click here to read it. Furthermore, I would recommend you skip this review if you haven’t read the Splintered yet and don’t want to be spoiled for the series!

Looking back at my experience while reading Splintered, I only remember that I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the bizarre vibe of it all. I was really glad to have read it with Marie, because it made me freak out at least a little less in some parts of the book. However, there was quite a lot that I didn’t like and now, while reading Unhinged, all those things annoyed me tenfold.

Everyone can have their own style and I don’t care about it at all, but if it’s the main character of a book and she’s really into gothic/morbid stuff, I am having real difficulties connecting to that. She kept liking the twisted and weird version of Wonderland, heck, Alyssa even started embracing it at times, but I couldn’t. It’s full of warped mutant zombie-like creatures, creepy toys and humanoid insects. I am not even kidding when I am saying that this book attracts actual real life insects! More than once I was attacked by small flies as well as giant beetles while reading and that made my skin crawl. Also, they like to eat things alive … I so cannot relish in that. How am I supposed to like that version of Wonderland then? The only creatures I halfway liked were Morpheus and Chessie … because he seems adorable somehow.

This brings me to the actual story and characters. I thought that it was a good switch from last time to have most of the story play out in the human realm as opposed to Wonderland. I am guessing that the final book will have some of that again, but it would have been odd to have Alyssa so cut off again, especially since so many people have a more important role now, such as Al’s parents. I did not see that coming. However, I completely forgot that Jeb wouldn’t be able to remember the last book and somehow that frustrated me so immensely. He was possessive as always, while Alyssa was annoying in her indecisiveness and selfishness as always. Now, as I said, I still very much like Morpheus. He’s like the comic relief and mystery man at the same time. I am not saying you should trust him or that I want him to end up with Alyssa, because no? But his character is still the most intriguing to me.

Finally, I am giving this book 3 stars because I don’t think it’s written badly at all. It has twists and turns and some sort of character development, but I simply didn’t enjoy the experience of reading it. Somehow it felt more like a chore to get over with and that’s not the purpose of books in any way. So, I can’t do better than a medium rating for this one. I still have Ensnared at home, but I doubt that I will pick it up anytime soon, but rather when I am out of books again.

Fazit: 3/5 stars! It’s just not a kind of style for the worldbuilding I like, but I guess I can get why others would like it.

3stars

Have you read the Splintered series? Did you enjoy Unhinged?

Splintered by A.G. Howard (Book Review)

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Publisher: Amulet Books
Page Count
: 370

I’ve read Splintered together with Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books and man, am I glad I had her to talk with. Give her a little bit of time and then definitely check out her review, as it will be full of her wonderful thoughts about the book.

I don’t know if you knew it, but I am a massive Alice in Wonderland fan. I am not sure I would say that it has always been that way though. When I was little I used to watch the Disney version of the movie all the time, but some things just freaked me out – like the flowers or the walrus eating the adorable little clams. Thinking about it, Alice is quite the disturbing tale and therefore I shouldn’t have been surprised with the amount of creepiness in this re-imagining, yet somehow I still was. I know that everyone told me so beforehand, but I still really wasn’t ready.

Alyssa’s hobby of making art out of dead bugs and generally the amount of zombie-ish/decayed-looking things and beings scared me off a little. It just really wasn’t my kind of style and I doubt it ever will be. I prefer happy things and alive ones, however, that was the only major thing that really bothered me, so it was nothing I could not handle on the long-run (even though it still freaked me out a lot. I swear, this book did not help with my fears! But I am going to pretend I was fine with all that anyway).

But on to the story! I thought Splintered was a really unique re-telling and that seems to be fairly rare these days. Alyssa was a (head-)strong protagonist that didn’t need any saving. I think a lot of the time she would have preferred it if either one of her very different and just as intriguing suitors simply hadn’t shown up. But both of the guys have odd names and a lot of affection for Alyssa, so they needed to be part of the story. Jeb and Morpheus are definitely necessary, but I think there is more to their story still. I liked them both in their own rights, but right now Morpheus has more mystery to him and therefore more of my attention at hand.

That last paragraph made it sound like it was basically just a love story, which it definitely wasn’t. It had a lot of twists and turns, some more and others less predictable – just as it should be.

The book ended on a fairly closed note (even though I am still not okay with something happening because I think it doesn’t make sense) with a possibility for sequel (which exist as we know), but I quite liked the ending of Splintered as it was. The whole thing could have stopped just like that as well and it would have been okay, so I just hope the other books hold up. Now, I will continue with the rest of the series, not just because I already have the books at home, but also because it has a weirdly addicting quality to it. I can sort of see why Al would have to return to Wonderland, but my mind doesn’t really picture more than that at all.

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! A very unique spin on the Alice in Wonderland theme!

4stars

Have you read the series? What did you think of it?

April 2016 TBR

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I was going to say that I wouldn’t be aiming as high as last month in April, but it turns out there are a lot of books to be read and even more to be ordered. So, let’s see what I have set my eyes on:

  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
    I am just reading this to finally finish this series … even though I tried really, really hard, Ransom has not been able to captivate me like his wife. Which is a real pity!
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
    Cátia’s copy will hopefully be there by Monday and then we will have our disastrous, obsessive, too much buddy read. I need to work on that … Cristina‘s, Cátia‘s and my blog names did not match as well as I thought.
  • Splintered, Unhinged and Ensnared by A.G. Howard
    This series is target of another buddy read, hopefully with Marie again. For now we have only talked about the first book, but I honestly can’t promise anything once I have started a series.
  • Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
    By now you should know that I really like this woman. Her book is part of my giveaway, but here’s the catch. I haven’t actually read the book yet! I know … weird! I will redeem that soon though, because Pushing the Limits is still one of my favourite contemporary romance books.
  • Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach
    This book needs to be read this month! And once again, this is also a buddy read with Cristina!

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)   Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)   Splintered (Splintered, #1)   Unhinged (Splintered, #2)   Ensnared (Splintered, #3)   Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)   26760138

Seven books again! I have even more ebooks lined up, but I don’t want to give anything away until that is certain. Click on the covers if you want to know more about the books! What are you planning to read this month? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

March 2016 TBR

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So, I am going to make this the most unrealistic TBR ever, but I have (or will have) these books at home during March and I can’t decide which ones I’ll actually read and which ones I won’t have the time for. Too many books = too many opportunities! So, this is more of a list of what I own and we will see what I will actually get to!

  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
    I feel like I’ve waited for this sequel forever. I am still not over the betrayal that was Red Queen … something deep inside me still holds a candle for that character and I am not sure I should, but I can’t help it. But now we will see where the journey goes this time.
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
    Unlike many others, I wasn’t THAT much of a fan of the first book, but I was curious enough to buy the next book. I will so tackle it this month!
  • Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
    It’s the month of sequels!!! I loved Trial by Fire and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. The final part will come out later this year, so that’s also awesome!
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
    MARCH IS THE BIRTHDAY MONTH OF LADY MIDNIGHT! I already pre-ordered it and as soon as it gets here, I will abandon all other books. A new Shadowhunter story and it focuses no parabatai! YES!
  • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
    This is only 100 pages long, so no way would I pass up an opportunity to read it something by Rainbow Rowell! And … did I hear something about Star Wars getting mentioned?
  • Splintered, Unhinged and Ensnared by A.G. Howard
    So, a complete trilogy … I told you it was more than ambitious!
  • The Shannara Chronicles: The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
    The TV show’s season finale is this week, so I think it would be time to conquer the break with the book!

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)   A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)   Firewalker (Worldwalker, #2)   Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)   Kindred Spirits   Splintered (Splintered, #1)   Unhinged (Splintered, #2)   Ensnared (Splintered, #3)   The Elfstones of Shannara (The Shannara Chronicles) (TV Tie-in Edition)

Click on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads! Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this month?