Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Unhinged by A.G. Howard Book Review

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.

*dreamy sigh* I just adore this series. The writing is so fanatical . It's like a house of mirrors for the brain, odd visuals, and whimsical characters. Nothing is exactly as it seems.

Morpheus remains my favorite, and the very reason why I love this book. 

“Of all the times you've undressed me in my fantasies, I never remember feeling this... unfulfilled."
"Please, Morpheus," I beg upon hearing Jeb stir in the background.

"Ah, but those delectable words," Morpheus says with a provocative smirk, "those are always in the fantasy."

I glare at him. "You're unbelievable."

"And that sentiment is reserved for the end.” 

I mean, that quote, come on! It merely captures his cocky brilliance. He makes these books. Although I found myself slightly more endeared to Jeb this time around--he still didn't capture me like Morpheus. I don't think any character in this series can.

This series is dark, twisty, and weird--and I loved every minute of it.  What makes this book stand out is how imaginative the world is inside of this book. The vivid picture that the author paints is genius, it weaves exactly the kind of tale you would imagine an Alice in Wonderland retelling to be.

In this book you get a more deep look at the workings of Wonderland, and the characters that inhabit it--as well as those that don't. The story really comes together in this book, because you really start to understand exactly what's going on.

Alyssa still struggles with the conflicting sides of herself--the part that is mad and the part that is normal. It's hard to tell which side will win. That makes it all the more thrilling.

I can't forget to mention how much I adored Alyssa's father. All dads should be as dedicated and loving, and the relationship between him and Alyssa's mother--swoon.

There is just so much to like, that I can't even imagine any reason why anyone should not read this book. The writing, the world, the romance, the characters--this book has it all. 

I can't wait to close out this series, too bad it has to end. The ending leaves a lot to be desired, in a good way. It's a cliffhanger that screams for resolution. I just hope it goes the way I want. *fingers crossed*

I highly recommend this series!


  1. I love the relationship between Alyssa and her father too! So good - I cannot wait to continue with the series
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  2. Ok, I think I'm going to wait until you review the final book to decide whether I'm going to read this series (rereading the first book, which I liked, but didn't love). If it ends good, I'll read it. But I've been so disappointed with series enders lately. Hope you love it! ~Pam