Thursday, December 11, 2014

*BOOK REVIEW* Unhinged by A.G. Howard

{Unhinged by A.G. Howard}
{Pages: 387}
{Published on January 7th, by Amulet Books}
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.

Unhinged is beautifully written and fantastically woven.


Description is seriously needed in all books, but in a fantasy book like this it is needed more than ever.  Not only is it required to make a book, but description tends to vary. For a book like this, to do it justice, it needs some top notch description.

What I found was an abundance of description!


Through description we learn about the characters. It's showed through how the author describes them when they're angry– when they're sad. You see how they act and how they look. So description is needed even in the review of characters. In Unhinged you can indulge in the characters and their personalities. You read this and you just want to be in everyone's heads. Unhinged really cracks open each returning character – revealing all the dark depths to everything they do. You think you may have figured the characters out and Splinteredbut there's more. So much more.

Alyssa's world is basically coming down around her and she has to make hard decisions that will test her bonds with the people she loves... And those she thinks she doesn't. 😉 

Unhinged definitely gets an A+ for self-discovery, whether it's in a fantasy novel or contemporary book. 


I mentioned in the last review that some of the scenes lacked in how far they expanded to, but the sequel has been fully redeemed itself. There are many different scenes that took you all over Wonderland and around up top as well. 

Unhinged is quite an engaging riddle. It's utterly revealing. It's enthralling and without a doubt, Unhinged is just a touch mad! 

I give Unhinged by A.G. Howard 5 out of 5 stars


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