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Ensnared

The final installment of the Splintered series by A. G. Howard was beautifully morbid and ensnaring.  From page one to the last page, it was a painting, pun intended.

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world–a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

Wow.  It’s all I have to say.  That and can I please take back my review of the first book?  Oh good lord.  This is a phenomenal series to dive into.  at previously stated in my other reviews it the perfect balance of Burton and Carroll.  I devoured this book like there was no tomorrow.  It is so well done, and totally unpredictable.  The more I read it the more I loved it.

Some of my favorite quotes from this novel:

“Jeb is an anchor; he holds me grounded to my humanity and compassion.  By Morpheus is the wind; he drags me kicking and screaming to the highest precipice, shoves me off, then watched my fly with netherling wings. When Jeb’s at my side, the world is my canvas unblemished and welcoming; when I’m with Morpheus, it’s a wanton playground- wicked and addictive.  Each guy occupies a different side of my duel heart.  Together, they bridge my netherling and human worlds.”

“Jebediah has given up on you, but I never will.  I can offer you the security you desire.  If you’ll be mine, your heart will forever be sheltered in my care.  Yes, we will quarrel incessantly, and fight for dominance.  And yes, there will be ravishes of passion, but there will also be gentle lulls.  That is who we are together.  You’ll never need fear that your love is not reciprocated.  For although you’ve made me feel things I am not equipped for…i cannot stop feeling them.”

“May the fairy goddess light your footsteps with stars, and may your travels be fair, however far you roam.”

“That’s because believing you’re alone in the universe is less terrifying than admitting you might have an otherworldly audience.”

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, as all of the books in this trilogy deserve 5 stars.

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I recommend this book to anyone that is an Alice in Wonderland fan.  If you have read this book, please let me know your thoughts on it in the comments!  I would love to hear what you think about it!

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