Book: YA Fantasy
Blurb 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.
UNHINGED by A.G. Howard is a worthy sequel to the Tim Burton-esque Alice in Wonderland spinoff that was SPLINTERED. I enjoyed SPLINTERED immensely, but I think I will have to say that UNHINGED is even better. More Morpheus, see? And I’m a fan of the mothboy. 🙂
In UNHINGED, the netherlings of Wonderland takes their battle to the human realm, which meant that despite Alyssa’s wish to separate her two worlds she still can’t escape her responsibility as Wonderland’s Crowned Queen. Morpheus’s manipulations, while irritating to Alyssa, reveal how much he cares for his home and for Alyssa. Jeb, though he’s lost his memories of Wonderland, still plays a big role in Alyssa’s life and Wonderland’s fate. I honestly can’t decide who to root for: Morpheus or Jeb? They both have noble hearts and good intentions.
I especially loved the backstory of Alyssa’s mom and dad. There’s something so sweet and sad about their love story. I can’t wait to see how much it’ll factor into the third book, ENSNARED. I’m basically dying waiting for next year.
Ms. Howard’s writing is just as lovely as ever. Descriptive, sensorial, and lovely. It’s a feast of words. This series is a definite must read!