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Publisher Comments:

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:

STARRED REVIEW

"Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale."

USA Today

"Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow toward Tim Burton’s 2010 film version."

The Boston Globe

"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original."

Booklist

" Protagonist Alyssa...is an original. Howard's visual imagination is superior. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole."

Publishers Weekly

"While readers will delight in such recognizable scenes as Alyssa drinking from a bottle to shrink, the richly detailed scenes that stray from the original will entice the imagination. These adventures are indeed wonderful."

BookPage

"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."

Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderland is filled with much that is not as wonderful as might be expected, and yet, it is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her true nature. The cover with its swirling tendrils and insects surrounding Alyssa will surely attract teen readers who will not disappointed with this magical, edgy tale."

Reading Today Online

"Creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance."

School Library Journal

Award:

YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

 

Review:

"A Gothic touched by modern conceptions of adolescence, shivery with both passion and terror." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Bray's gripping and suspenseful debut novel provides the perfect canvas for Wyatt....Colorful details of Indian bazaars and the Spence School in London make this outing all the more compelling." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A well written page turner, with strong characterization and dialogue, this Victorian-era gothic novel will find many readers unable to put it down until the very last page." Children's Literature

Review:

"Soundly researched and credible....[An] exhilarating and thought-provoking read." VOYA

Review:

"An interesting combination of fantasy, light horror, and historical fiction, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A stirring historical paranormal romance, and companion to The Vespertine, featuring a spirited young woman as she sets out on her own to find new love, a new home, and her extraordinary magical power—and experiences all the joys and hardships of pioneer life.

Synopsis:

Enter the scandalous world of King Charles II's court, where three young ladies in waiting discover a palace teeming with love, intrigue—and treachery.

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Addie, an aspiring actress on a mission to save the historic Jewel Theater, time travels between Seattle at the beginning of the War on Terror and the Seattle of WWI, with the help of a magic mirror. Addie not only jumps between centuries and conflicts, but finds romance with a boy from another time.

Synopsis:

A 19th-century historical romance set in Victorian Baltimore about Amelia van den Broek, whose prophetic dreams have made her the talk of high society, and whose love for an artist distinctly outside of the social circle that threatens her place in it.

Synopsis:

Eliza dreams of being a playwright for the kings theater, where she will be admired for her witty turns of phrase rather than her fathers wealth.

Beth is beautiful as the day but poor as a church mouse, so she must marry well, despite her love for her childhood sweetheart.

Zabby comes to England to further her scientific studies—and ends up saving the life of King Charles II. Soon her friendship with him becomes a dangerous, impossible obsession. Though she knows she should stay away from the young, handsome king, Charles has a new bride, Queen Catherine, and a queen needs ladies in waiting.

And so Zabby, Beth, and Eliza, three Elizabeths from very different walks of life, find themselves at the center of the most scandal-filled court that England has ever seen.

Synopsis:

Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves

Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed

aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing

ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a

“springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of

holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land.

Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water.

Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving

and start living.

About the Author

Libba Bray has worked as a waitress, a nanny, a burrito roller, and an advertising copywriter. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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fieldhockeyluver25, May 18, 2008 (view all comments by fieldhockeyluver25)
I loved this book so much! Reading about Gemma and her friends brightened up my days so much! I can''t wait to read the next one
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chelee33, May 1, 2008 (view all comments by chelee33)
This story takes place in the early 1900's. Basically, a girl finds out she has magic powers and she explores it with her friends during boarding school. They start sneaking out at night and having secret meetings.
I liked this story and I am looking forward to reading the next book. I was a little bored at some points, but mostly I was scared, excited and teary eyed!

Others I recommend: Uglies series, Blue Bloods, Twilight series
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momostar13, December 20, 2007 (view all comments by momostar13)
Ever since a Great and Terrible Beauty made its way into stores, it has held its number one spot on my list of favorites. The main character, Gemma Doyle, is a very accurate portrayal of a woman. She is stubborn, willful, and at times indecisive. There is nothing perfect about her, which makes it very easy for readers to relate to her.

The story takes place in the year 1895. Circumstances force Gemma to move from her homeland of India, to a finishing school in London. This had actually been her dream for many years. So great was her wanting to leave India that it had become a constant battle with her mother. When she had finally achieved her wish, it came at a great cost.

Once at Spence finishing school,Gemma finds herself rooming with the gloomy Ann, the pariah of the school. She soon meets Felicity and Pippa, the most popular girls; Ann's complete opposites. While Gemma's relationship with these girls is quite rocky...it progresses.

It isn't long before she notices that there is something odd happening in the school and also she begins to question her own sanity as she is constantly barraged by strange visions. Adding to her confusion and fear is the constant appearance of Kartik, an Indian boy she had met right before the events of her leaving India came into play.

What she cannot explain, are the strange feelings she has whenever he is around...

I would recommend this book mostly to a female audience, and I assure you it is absolutely fabulous!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385730280
Subtitle:
Splintered Book One
Author:
Bray, Libba
Author:
Ren
Author:
Saundra Mitchell
Author:
Ahdieh, Ren
Author:
Patrick, J. Nelle
Author:
e Ahdieh
Author:
Cremer, Andrea
Author:
Longshore, Katherine
Author:
Howard, A. G.
Author:
eacute
Author:
Spotswood, Jessica
Author:
Sullivan, Laura L.
Author:
E
Author:
Spiegler, Louise
Author:
&
Author:
Goodman, Carol
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - History - General
Subject:
Boarding schools
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Subject:
fantasy;fiction;young adult;magic;ya;boarding school;historical fiction;england;supernatural;victorian;historical;gothic;india;friendship;romance;19th century;teen;paranormal;mystery;boarding schools;victorian england;girls;historical fantasy;gemma doyle;
Subject:
fantasy;fiction;young adult;magic;ya;boarding school;historical fiction;england;supernatural;victorian;historical;gothic;india;friendship;romance;19th century;teen;paranormal;mystery;boarding schools;victorian england;girls;historical fantasy;gemma doyle;
Subject:
fantasy;fiction;young adult;magic;ya;boarding school;historical fiction;england;supernatural;victorian;historical;gothic;india;friendship;romance;19th century;teen;paranormal;mystery;boarding schools;victorian england;girls;historical fantasy;young adult
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
fantasy;fiction;young adult;magic;ya;boarding school;historical fiction;england;supernatural;victorian;historical;gothic;india;friendship;romance;19th century;teen;paranormal;mystery;boarding schools;victorian england;girls;historical fantasy;young adult
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
pioneer;prairie;historical romance;love;magic;The Vespertine;survival;American f
Subject:
teen fiction;ladies in waiting;love;treachery;England;court;girls;King Charles I
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Splintered
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20130101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 384 pages Delacorte Press - English 9780385730280 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A Gothic touched by modern conceptions of adolescence, shivery with both passion and terror."
"Review" by , "Bray's gripping and suspenseful debut novel provides the perfect canvas for Wyatt....Colorful details of Indian bazaars and the Spence School in London make this outing all the more compelling."
"Review" by , "A well written page turner, with strong characterization and dialogue, this Victorian-era gothic novel will find many readers unable to put it down until the very last page."
"Review" by , "Soundly researched and credible....[An] exhilarating and thought-provoking read."
"Review" by , "An interesting combination of fantasy, light horror, and historical fiction, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure."
"Synopsis" by ,
A stirring historical paranormal romance, and companion to The Vespertine, featuring a spirited young woman as she sets out on her own to find new love, a new home, and her extraordinary magical power—and experiences all the joys and hardships of pioneer life.
"Synopsis" by , Enter the scandalous world of King Charles II's court, where three young ladies in waiting discover a palace teeming with love, intrigue—and treachery.
"Synopsis" by ,
Sixteen-year-old Addie, an aspiring actress on a mission to save the historic Jewel Theater, time travels between Seattle at the beginning of the War on Terror and the Seattle of WWI, with the help of a magic mirror. Addie not only jumps between centuries and conflicts, but finds romance with a boy from another time.
"Synopsis" by ,
A 19th-century historical romance set in Victorian Baltimore about Amelia van den Broek, whose prophetic dreams have made her the talk of high society, and whose love for an artist distinctly outside of the social circle that threatens her place in it.
"Synopsis" by , Eliza dreams of being a playwright for the kings theater, where she will be admired for her witty turns of phrase rather than her fathers wealth.

Beth is beautiful as the day but poor as a church mouse, so she must marry well, despite her love for her childhood sweetheart.

Zabby comes to England to further her scientific studies—and ends up saving the life of King Charles II. Soon her friendship with him becomes a dangerous, impossible obsession. Though she knows she should stay away from the young, handsome king, Charles has a new bride, Queen Catherine, and a queen needs ladies in waiting.

And so Zabby, Beth, and Eliza, three Elizabeths from very different walks of life, find themselves at the center of the most scandal-filled court that England has ever seen.

"Synopsis" by , Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves

Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed

aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing

ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a

“springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of

holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land.

Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water.

Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving

and start living.

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