Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Buddy Read & Discussion Review with Jeann of Happy Indulgence Books♥

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Splintered (Book # 1)
A.G Howard

  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 
  • First Edition, First Printing edition (January 1, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704284
  • Genre: Fairytale retelling, fantasy
  • Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles | Audible | Book Depository  | Goodreads
  • Source: Personal Print Purchase.

  • Synopsis: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. 

  • The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.




Today, I will be presenting a discussion review with Jeann of Happy Indulgence Books, this was actually my second time doing a buddy read and it was an exciting adventure to try! Jeann will be posting her review of the book as well, so be sure to check it out guys!

  • Jeann: I’m so disappointed with Splintered. I’ve heard all the raves and it started off really promising, but as soon as Jeb and Morpheus met, it kind of went downhill from there. I wanted more of the dark, mental health twist to Alice in Wonderland, less fighting over Alyssa. What did you think?
  • Benish: I agree, I've seen mainly positive reviews about this series. The covers are all so gorgeous though. I'm not that familiar with the FairyTale Retelling "Alice in Wonderland" besides the insanity part. The mental illness aspect was there but there wasn't any depth into it. The romance did take over a lot of the book which is rather depressing.. Which male lead did you prefer?
  • Jeann: I know, I thought I would have liked it a lot more! A lot of the Wonderland parts weren’t really that reminiscent of the story. If I really had to choose, it would be Morpheus. He was seductive and manipulative but at least he knew that you know? To be honest, I REALLY hated Jeb. He was overbearing, loved telling Alyssa what to do, and even worse, he was mucking around his girlfriend’s back to do it! Gosh, I hated the love triangle so much! How about you?
  • Benish: I liked Jeb in the beginning, but like you mentioned he just became really controlling afterwards. The whole girlfriend part wasn't necessary either, it just creates more drama. Alyssa doesn't really have a backbone to herself either, she's always listening to him or her father. I wasn't the biggest fan of both male leads, although Morpheus was a little better. The second part of the book was much better though, I feel that's so common in many fantasy books - 70% romance and then boom, the actual action comes along. Do you see this trend too?
  • Jeann: Oh mann, I did enjoy the ending where more of the action happened, but I guess by that point I was so annoyed with the love triangle drama and Alyssa’s meek character and everything. I mean hello Bella Swan with two pushy male leads! She did step up but it was at the very end, I just wasn’t sold. Yeah, this is what lets me down about paranormal fantasy. I used to love this genre but then it all kind of became focused on the romance. I don’t mind romance, but not when it’s so cheesy you know?
  • Benish: Yes, that's so true. I'm surprised publishers still use the genre fantasy for these kind of books. Romance suits it better. The love triangle was super annoying with the damsel in distress. If they added more mental illness to the book and no Jeb, it could have been a good attempt of fantasy. Light fantasy usually don't work for me, although hearing the thoughts of bugs and other creatures was fascinating. Do you look forward to the rest of the series?
  • Jeann: I can’t say I’m too keen Benish. I’ve heard mixed things about the next two books, but I have them on my shelf so I suppose I’ll be reading them at some point. I really LOVED the mental hospital angle with Alyssa’s mother talking to bugs and stuff like that! That was really creepy, I wish it didn’t head into the direction it did. But oh well, lots of people seem to love it. At least we can black sheep together <3 How about you?
  • Benish: The black sheep direction doesn't seem too bad & yes we're in it together!<3 I have the rest of the two books on my shelves too so I will probably will get to them ultimately. I was really looking forward to liking Splintered, but it was just boring and lacked depth with the romance. This is a romance I so don't ship. The bug aspect & mental illness aspect was really good, I agree. How many stars are you moving towards?
  • Jeann: I think it would be 2 stars for me. I feel more comfortable giving it 2 stars with you by my side Benish! How about you?
  • Benish: I know, I'm glad you're the black sheep with me too! I would give it 2 stars as well, hopefully the next books are much better.

Thank you for reading this! Have an amazing month of July - Leave your blog links in the comments & I'll be sure to check them out & drop by :) Stay in tuned pretty creatures.. 

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20 comments:

  1. Love the buddy read review! Sorry you both didn't enjoy this one more. The covers are pretty amazing though aren't they?
    Great job ladies!!

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    1. I agree, the covers are really gorgeous indeed ♥

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  2. I'm actually someone who also reads Happy indulgence so it was nice to know you did a buddy read! I know you both like the covers but honestly this is the only cover in the series I like, and I haven't read these books yet. I am not sure about these. I have been looking for Alice in Wonderland sort of spin offs or retellings but have never bothered to buy this one when I have the opportunity. I will have to think about it some more. I'm sorry that you both couldn't like this more though :(

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    1. Aw yes, I'm glad as well :) I like this cover and the third book cover of this series, the second one gives me creeps though lol I think you should give it a try though, maybe you might like it more than us though? ♥

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  3. And to think I was the only person who didn't absolutely LOVE this book. I agree with everything said. The romance was...horrible, as was Jeb, and the plot was too mushy for me. I wanted more Wonderland, less bickering and Alyssa not making up her own mind! I guess we are all black sheep. :D

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    1. Haha virtual high five! We thought we might be the only ones too who disliked this book, it's not that completely bad but it could have been so much better you know?

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  4. Oh yikes, sorry you two didn't like it! I'll have to tread carefully it seems. I don't like love triangles, and neither of these options sound very promising. At least there was some action near the end... Nice discussion!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    1. Thank you Rachel & yes the ending was the best part of the book. I hate when authors do that though, save the best for last.

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  5. It's too bad you didn't enjoy this one! I heard a lot of great things about it myself... I still may give it a try sometime down the line, but we'll see.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it more than us though :)

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  6. Loved this chat-style review, Benish! But I'm so sad you girls didn't like this book. I loved it, because it brought such a freshness to the Alice in Wonderland story that we really haven't seen in a pretty long time. It didn't just retell the original story, and I really appreciated that. I must say that Jeb could get a bit irritating at times, but not enough for me to hate him, really.

    If you do read the other books in the series, I hope you like them. :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Chiara & I'm glad you could like this style! :) & aw, yes it does make me a bit sad I couldn't love it, hopefully the next books will be much better for us.

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  7. A great discussion review! I liked this book a little more than both of you :-) I didn't mind the unique retelling and the characters grew on me. I preferred book 2 and I have avoided book 3.

    Thank you for sharing Sharon – Obsession with Books

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    1. Atleast one of us enjoyed it more then us :)

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  8. Had such a great time doing the buddy read and discussion review Benish! I posted my review, I'm a little scared of the feedback lol!

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  9. Hahah loved this discussion review, AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE FEEDBACK!!

    I absolutely hated Jeb. I rated this pretty highly a year ago, but I have yet to pick up the second and third books in the series.

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  10. Fun buddy review!! Also, this makes me not want to read this series, and kind of regret buying the first two books on a Kindle daily deal. Ugh, a love triangle where you hate everyone basically? No no no. And the worst part is, you guys are right- everyone seemed "meh" about the subsequent books, so what does that say for the series? Nothing good, sadly. I might read it someday but... not today ;)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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  11. Fun Buddy Review Benish! I haven't read this book, but like you, I've only heard rave reviews up until this point. I do love the book cover though :) You did a great job of letting readers know why you didn't enjoy this story. Thanks for sharing :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  12. Awh, shame you didn't like it as much, I loved it (Unhinged is better, though I would not read Ensnared, I haven't even read it yet and have heard less than savoury things about it, so I'm leaving the series at Unhinged, haha.)

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