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Title: Unhinged
Series: Splintered #2
Author: AG Howard
Publisher: Amulet
Publication Date: 7 Jan 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

REVIEW 

I rarely give 5*’s but Anita truly deserves it for the twisted masterpiece that is Unhinged.

What can I say, after a few chapters to re-integrate my imagination into the world of Wonderland, Unhinged blew my mind. Surparsing the initial expectations and taking it into the stratosphere. Put aside all your disney visions and sugary sweetness, what you get inside the pages of Unhinged is deliciously dark and twisted. It’s like reading a Tim Burton movie that’s been on crack 😉

I adored Morpheus in Splintered but he completely consumed me in Unhinged. The tangled emotions add an edge to the plot. Never has a love triangle been so understandable, yet so heart breaking. Alyssa has two sides to herself, human and netherling, and a soul-mate for each side *swoon* but *gulp* Revelations while providing an almost perfect solution also test boundaries. I have an idea how this is going to pan out but the logisitics are escaping me. I cannot wait to find out if my guesses are correct.

Discoveries regarding past incidents involving other pivotal characters add insight into the twists and turns of the plot. The tension within the narrative is provided by so many different aspects enhanced by the terrifying imagery. Throw in some incredible quips to lighten the tension. While truly swoon worthy moments enhance the emotions within the story. Unhinged is the complete package.

At times Alyssa’s inner battle provided more hinderance than the external obstacles she faced. Readers are encouraged to embrace their inner ‘madness’ alongside Alyssa in order to truly understand Wonderland; uniting the tow halves of herself in order to make her stronger.  Let your imagination run wild. Is it truly freaky that I want to dress like Alyssa? 🙂

Unhinged needs all the words ENCHANTING, CAPTIVATING AND ENTHRALLING. Wonderland has never been more appealing 😉