Friday, 14 December 2012

Splintered Blog Tour Tenth Stop: The Spritelings (prize post) by A.G. Howard

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.

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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.

About The Book :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 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..."
--Kirkus Review

About The Author : A.G. Howard is most at home when weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

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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  1. Eeeps! That spriteland sounds so divine--I want to visit it now!
    As far as a name--this contemporary writer isn't crafty enough to come up with something befitting a sprite. So unless you like Katelyn or Jordan...I'll leave it to the experts above ;)

  2. Insidiadecus (Insidia being Latin for trap and Decus being Latin for brightness/beauty... I may have had to use Google Translate haha)

  3. Dalya

    Love this giveaway and tour!!!

    I have heard such good things about this book! I have been so excited to get my hands on it!! I love the idea of an Alice in Wonderland spinoff. I pre-ordered the ebook. This whole tour is my fav part! LOL

  4. Lucinda!

    LOL thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  5. Priscilla!

    Marie @ Marie's Bookworm Blog

  6. I have been enjoying this blog tour a lot. My favorite part is entering all the different giveaways on blogs for Splintered. I've been seeing it everywhere on blogs lately!

    Marie @ Marie's Bookworm Blog

  7. I've been seeing this book all over the place! So much, that now i really really really wanna read it! :) the name i picked to the sprite, was Luna!

  8. I love reading all the creative posts being put up. As for why I want to read the book simply put I love fresh takes on classic stories. Alice In Wonderland is one of my favorite books but it did have room for improvement which I suppose is why I always sniff out retellings of it. Plus I'm a cover whore and seriously look at it!!

  9. I think FIZZ would be a good name for a naughty sprite!

  10. I love retellings/reinaginings. Splintered has gotten many great reviews and from your posts it sounds so fresh and intriguing! The characters sound really interesting. It looks like a great read!

  11. AWESOME!!!!!!!! I am so excited and cant wait to read it!! Thanks!!

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