On the tenth day of Splintered, we follow a tiny band of glimmering bubbles to a clearing in Wonderland where mushrooms, glassy with ice, loom the size of truck tires. Tiny giggles and voices leak out from the bubbles as they bust … and we realize we’re in the company of sprites. They take their place on a cove of snow-capped firs, dotting the branches like lit candles. It’s a beautiful sight, until they hiss and snarl in a rabid descent from the trees like a glimmering hailstorm.
Before they can pelt our skin, Morpheus appears, a sweep of black wings and licorice-scented smoke. The spritelings fall to the ground at his feet, penitent for their naughty behavior. Playing the part of a gentleman, he sweeps his cape aside and bows. In his hand is a peace offering for us—a sprite captured within a jar. She whimpers, bound within the chains of his blue magic.
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 fix Alice’s 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:
"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."
A.G.’s 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.
Her debut YA fantasy, SPLINTERED, a dark Alice in Wonderland spinoff, is slated for release *Fall 2012 by Amulet.
To be entered for a chance to win this enchanted glowing jar leave a comment with a possible name for this penitent sprite!
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Our trip to Splintered’s Wonderland has almost come to a close, but first, we must visit Alyssa’s everyday world, because it also has cryptic ties to Lewis Carroll’s tale. So take the weekend off and relax. Then follow us on Monday to the next stop at Jennifer Daiker’s, back to the human realm for some insight into what makes Alyssa a heroine worth rooting for.
Abrams has also provided 12 finished copies of Splintered to be given away along the tour. The giveaway is open to residents of US/CAN. Sorry international folks.
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