Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: Untamed

A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

This collection expands upon Ensnared's epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters.

Rating: 4 Stars

Book Title: Untamed (Splintered #3.5)

Author: A. G. Howard

Release Date: December 15th 2015

Pages: 288

Publisher: Amulet Books

            For anyone who hasn’t read my “About” page for my blog, part of the inspiration for the name “Rabbit Hole Reviews” came from my love for Alice in Wonderland.  So it should come as no surprise that I typically love any type of Wonderland retelling, and A.G. Howard’s Splintered series is no exception. Unlike many others who purchased the short stories written post Ensnared right after they finished the series, I held off for the print version. Untamed is a collection of these three stories: Six Impossible Things, The Boy in the Web, and The Moth in the Mirror, and I couldn’t be more excited to head back down the rabbit hole into Howard’s exquisite depiction of the Wonderland we’ve all come to know and love.

            Favorite Bits:
o   Alyssa’s Parents: One thing we didn’t get to see much of was the interaction Alyssa had with her parents in the first three books.  Her dad, whom she lives with while her mom is in the hospital, made frequent appearances, but I felt like his relationship with Alyssa wasn’t touched upon that much because she spent most of her time with Jeb or Morpheus.  I think that’s why I loved the story The Boy in the Web so much because we got to see just how Alyssa’s parents met and what Wonderland was like prior to Alyssa’s time spent there. I thought it was neat (and also a tad creepy) to see the Morpheus Allison knew compared to the Morpheus we meet in the Splintered series.  Before he meets Alyssa he’s definitely a little different (although his mannerisms haven’t seemed to change a bit and he’s sassy as ever) and his motives aren’t the same either. Not to mention he hasn’t aged a day (#Wonderlandperks).  Ok now that I’m thinking about it, maybe I was more excited about getting extra Morpheus time than I was about Alyssa’s parents! (#teamMorpheus)
o   Meeting baby Alyssas: I don’t doubt that many of you are already irritated because you think I just said a spoiler, but honestly! What did you expect at the end of the series!? Everyone knew Alyssa would grow old and have kids somewhere along the line! The REAL question is: whose kids does she have?:) Don’t worry, I won’t spoil that for you!
o   More Morpheus: It goes without saying but I am obviously a huge Morpheus fan (he was my favorite character in the series) so naturally my favorite short story in Untamed was Six Impossible Things because we get to see Alyssa’s time in Wonderland after her human life on earth is over. Don’t worry! The story is broken up with flashbacks to her time with Jeb and it was quite adorable!
o   The Ending: There’s really not a single thing I can say without spoiling it for all of you, but let’s just put it this way: I was so happy I was crying. Thank you Howard for turning me into a sniveling (but very ecstatic) mess by the end of Untamed.

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