by A. G. Howard

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.

book 2 in the Splintered series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★ and said, “Thanks to Netgalley.com and ABRAMS for early access to this title. 3 1/2 stars—I had more trouble getting into this one than I did the last one. It really took me until halfway through the book before I started to really enjoy the story. I think the editing could have been better—there was far too much teen-agnsty type stuff in that first half that felt a little forced. I did enjoy the love triangle, and enjoyed seeing these great characters again. The last half was quite good, and the plot is getting really dramatic! I like the events with Alyssa’s mother and father as well. And, of course, the cover is gorgeous! I’m looking forward to the next one!”

Miranda rated it ★★★★★ and said, “Thanks to Netgalley.com and ABRAMS for early access to this title. This is an awesome continuation of the series. A perfect balance of family trust issues and a great use of love triangle relationships, all blended together with the strange magic that is Wonderland. And the cover is amazing! A must-read for fans of book one. Can’t wait for book three!”

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