Series: Splintered, #2
Publisher: Amulet Books, Thames and Hudson Australia
Release Date: January 12, 2014
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
I was really shocked with myself when I found myself not enjoying Unhinged. I practically devoured Splintered just a few months ago, so my change in tastes could not be the reason for why I wanted to DNF this sequel. I know I’ve been writing my reviews in a dot-point format (which is probably suggesting that I’m falling into a review slump–thank god I have recently chosen two co-bloggers to help me) a lot lately however it seems the only conventional way to put down my thoughts on a novel lately.
– My main qualm with Unhinged was the characters. All of them. But mainly Alyssa. So somehow, she’s turned into a really insecure, stupid and idiotic little brat. Like HOW? How can you just turn into such an unlikeable narrator? *sobs* I liked the way you were. *grabs out more tissues* I mean, Alyssa struggles to accept facts. She runs away from them, she thinks that if she does nothing and ignores problems, they’ll go away. She’s not a strong protagonist at all, or even determined to set things right.
– Secondly, the romance. Yes, like all YA books like to do, it takes over the plot. I used to be Team Jeb, but y’know what? Nevermind. I’m Team IDon’tCare. Why am I not Team Jeb? Well, basically Alyssa and Jeb’s relationship makes Ali feel insecure. THEN WHY BE IN A RELATIONSHIP? If you feel that someone is bringing you down, then why? I beg for an answer. Why not go to Team Morpheus? Err..well half my bloggy friends would come up to me and say: “I told ya so! Morpheus is yummy.” Yeah….no. And that’s not the reason. I was never a fan of Morph in the first place because he is a creepy guy in general. Honestly. He gives me the chills. Bad chills. Like run-away-eww-creepy-guy.
– Lastly, the lack of plot. WHERE IS MY PLOT. WHERE IS MY WONDERLAND. I really missed these two aspects, the plot and Wonderland were utterly lacking (mainly due to the romance) and only kicked in much later in the novel.
All in all, I am really disappointed with Unhinged. Though please don’t hesitate to try this is you loved Splintered, because I believe I’m a black sheep. Again. Yay. *sarcasm*
~Thank you Thames and Hudson Australia for sending me this copy!~
Unhinged is available at all good bookstores
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