Musical Moments: Song of the Month – January 2013 – Chosen by AG Howard – Author of Splintered

I am delighted to welcome Anita to Book Angel Booktopia today, I have been drooling over Splintered since I first set eyes on that cover.  I am equally excited to hear Anita’s choice for the Song of the Month. 

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Music plays a role in everything I write. To evoke the mood or emotion I’m trying to portray, I choose songs not only for their beat and melody, but for the lyrics. Each book gets its own unique playlist. In SPLINTERED, Evanescence contributed several songs because their lyrics and instrumentals have an edginess and depth that captured the moods of several scenes. One of my favorite songs while writing SPLINTERED was “Lose Control” by Evanescence.

Anytime I needed to spotlight the power play between the bad boy, Morpheus, and our heroine, Alyssa—his manipulation and her fascination/hesitation—this was the song that nailed it for me. In fact, it’s so spot-on that I can visualize a conversation between them just by listening.

And so that you can, too, I’ve included the lyrics to the song below and attributed the verses to represent their wordplay. You can feel the seduction and temptation Morpheus weaves into every phrase, and Alyssa’s reluctant acceptance of it. In the last verse, Morpheus’s true intention comes to light … along with a hint of remorse for what it could ultimately mean for Alyssa.

Be sure to listen to the song as you follow the text…

You don’t remember my name.
I don’t really care.

Can we play the game your way?
Can I really lose control?

Just once in my life,
I think it’d be nice,

Just to lose control, just once…

Leave all the pretty flowers in the dust.

Mary had a lamb.
His eyes black as coals.

If we play very quiet, my lamb,
Mary never has to know.
Just once in my life,
I think it’d be nice,

Just to lose control, just once.

If I cut you down to a thing I can use,
I fear there’ll be nothing good left of you.

Be sure to check out the Splintered Playlist on Spotify

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Title: Splintered
Author: AG Howard
Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: 1 Jan 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.




Review: Splintered by AG Howard


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    Ooh- I love it, it sounds really eerie and atmospheric! I can’t wait to read Splintered 😀

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    A.G. Howard

    Thank you so much for this amazing post! You did a beautiful job with it. And I’m sooo happy you enjoyed the story, too! 🙂

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