By: Melanie | January 25, 2014 | (30) Comments

Mini Review: Unhinged by A. G. HowardUnhinged by A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered, #2
Publisher: Amulet Books, Thames and Hudson Australia
Release Date: January 12, 2014
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Romance, YA
Pages: 400
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.

My Review

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

2 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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30 Responses to Mini Review: Unhinged by A. G. Howard

  1. Melliane says:

    oh that’s sad… I haven’t read the first one but I heard great things about it, and well I fall in love with both covers. But well it happens, right? I hope the sequel will be better, if there is a sequel.
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  2. Oh no, it’s a shame that this one didn’t meet your expectations especially after an awesome debut! I don’t like the sound of the main character, she sounds like she was whiny and annoying here. Haven’t read this yet but I still might give it a go when I get time.
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  3. I don’t know what my reaction will be when I read this. But if Alyssa turned out to be insecure as you said, I don’t think I’ll like it then.
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  4. NO! I liked this one, too! Maybe I am a bit biased because I’m a huge fan of Wonderland? And I agree, I don’t think I’ll ever like Morpheus. He’s such a creeper. Still… I can’t believe you didn’t like this much. Maybe the last book will be better? You really are a blacksheep, Mel 😛
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  5. OH NOOOO! That really sucks. I can’t stand when MC’s change for the worst. And if you can’t root for a love interest, what is the point!? So mad!!!! I really hope I like it more for whatever reason.
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  6. Stephanie B says:

    NOOOOO!!!!!! *sob* I wish you had loved this one.
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  7. YES MEL WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?? My thoughts were EXACTLY the same and everybody LOVED this book and they were all, “Omg this book totally didn’t let me down it was so great” and then I was like “Did we read the same book because Alyssa spent her entire time just whining about every.freaking.thing and she was so annoying. And please do not get me started on Jeb and Morpheus because right now I hate both of them for being such lunatics and also the Wonderland aspect was completely gone from this book which depressed me so much because the only reason I really loved these books in the first place was because of how vivid the setting was. *sigh* But fantastic review, Belly Melly! (Still working on those names lol) <33
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    • Melanie says:

      YAAAY WE AGREE ONCE AGAIN. Ugh. Both Jeb and Morph are so unlikable. And Alyssa. The trio are just idiotic. I wanted Wonderland! I barely got that 🙁 LeenyPoo, hehe

  8. Siiri says:

    Oh, I’m sorry the narrator fell apart in your eyes 🙁 (btw, I had no idea it was a sequel O.o And BOYYYYY is this cover evercreepy in my opinion *shudders*) “I’m Team IDon’tCare.” — this is what I felt like when I read Reboot by Amy Tintera. I loved the first half of it–amazeballs worldbuilding and unique concept and great characters and all the excited “I NEED TO KNOW MORE” moments, but then the romance took over the plot and when you make out in the middle of a battlefield and can’t keep your head straight anymore–that’s when everything falls apart in my eyes. I was so team Wren, but then I stumbled and found myself in the I Don’t Care category as well >.< Hahaha. And the reason you didn't go to the other team? My thoughts on why I'm not team Warner (although, it may just be because I didn't like Shatter Me in general.. O__O Shocking, I know.) I hope your next read is way better, Melanie! 🙂
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  9. roro says:

    I loved this book . I gave it 4 stars . So sorry to hear that you did not love it . It hurts to be a black sheep . I know . Tnx for the review
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  10. Lily B says:

    Oh no, with so many wonderful reviews on the first book I was pondering on picking it up soon 🙁 it’s sad to hear that the character actually took a turn for the worse. I don’t know how I would react if my favorite character suddenly became dis-likable. I am sorry this one did not sit well with you.
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  11. Oh no!! I’m sorry you didn’t love this as much as you expected. I’m listening to it on audio right now. I’m only about 10% in, and least now my expectations won’t be so high. Great honest review, Melanie!
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  12. Poor you! I never read book one but I feel for you. It sucks not to like a book in series you love. :(((
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  13. Olivia says:

    Nooooooooo! I haven’t read Splintered yet (sometimes I could swear it’s glaring at me from my shelf…but that’s another story) but at least you liked that one! It’s a shame you didn’t like Unhinged, are you going to read the third one? Everyone says they are totally Team Morpheus after this one!
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  14. I didn’t read your whole review, Melanie, because I haven’t had a chance to read Unhinged yet, but it’s really sad that you didn’t enjoy it very much. I have been looking forward to it ever since I read Splintered, which I loved.

    I hope your next read will be totally awesome! have a fantastic Sunday 🙂
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    MEL. (Just kidding!) I totally respect your opinion, duhrrr. Sorry that you didn’t like this one. I actually liked it more than S because I felt the real world was a lot easier to follow than Wonderland. I had to read Splintered twice, LOL.

    GReat review!
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  16. Alise says:

    Well, this is sad news, aha.
    I haven’t read the book yet but I feel like my thoughts would be pretty similar to yours. I was hoping for an action packed adventure sequel but if the romance dominates and Alyssa turns into a frustrating baby I would hate this one too.
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  17. Aww no, that sucks! Sequels often suck a little bit, but for the main character to change so drastically? That’s just horrid! Lovely honest review Mel <3
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  18. NOOOOOOOOO *sobs*
    This makes me very sad indeed! 🙁

    Jeb bugged the crap out of me, but I was Team Morph anyway (he can creep on me all he wants *waggles eyebrows*). I think that’s why I loved this one so much is because there’s so much focus on him! It really is a shame you didn’t like it, though. But there are plenty of other books out there, right?
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  19. Aw, I’m sorry you were disappointed, Mel. I actually had pretty mixed feelings about the first book (liked, didn’t love like I thought I would), so your middling reactions to this probably means I’m safe in skipping this one. Oh, well.
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