Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, 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
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. / AudioGO : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780792790891
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (12hr., 41 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Gibel, Rebecca
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Sep 18, 2018

A wonderfully dark re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Splintered' introduces the descendant of Alice, Alyssa. Obsessed with insects and flowers that she swears can talk, and with her mother in a mental institution, she has carefully hidden the truth from her father: that she believes she has inherited her mother's insanity. But things are not as they seem, as memories that she didn't know she had starts bubbling to the surface of her mind.

With all the other things going on in her life, she soon finds herself trapped in a love triangle between her best friend Jeb and the mysterious Morpheus. Down the rabbit hole she tumbles, and finds that the Wonderland in the book isn't quite what Carroll wrote about, full of dark creatures and malevolent beings, some of which want her dead. Why did Morpheus summon her to Wonderland? Is her family really cursed? Or are there more secrets?

This book is definitely not for everybody. It is full of grotesque descriptions, and there is a bit of romance in there. If you enjoy gritty stories with a dark twist, you'll love 'Splintered' but if you're squeamish, I suggest the original.


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