Guest Post by Caylie M Review of Splintered by A. G. Howard

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Insanity runs in Alyssa Gardner’s family. Her grandmother leaped out of a building, her mother lives in a psychiatric hospital and Alyssa knows she’s next. She hears plants and bugs talk, and the only way to silence them is to kill them.

Alyssa discovers she’s not the only one who hears the voices. While visiting her mother, Alyssa learns that she hears the voices too, and that Wonderland is real. She knows she is a descendant of Alice Liddell, the girl who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but what she didn’t know is that the women in her family are cursed until a descendant goes back down the rabbit hole.

Alyssa follows wisps of memories of a childhood long forgotten to the rabbit hole. Her childhood friend, Jebediah Holt, follows her into the dangers of Wonderland, a world more dark and twisted than Lewis Carroll could ever imagine. Alyssa and Jeb must brave carnivorous flowers, jealous sprites, dead queens and much more to break her family’s curse and rescue her mother from the asylum. Along the way they are helped by another of her childhood friends, a traitorous, gorgeous, hat-wearing moth-boy that never fails to ruffle Alyssa’s feathers. Will Alyssa break the curse and win her happy ending? And will she choose faith and trust or unpredictability?