Splintered is as whimsical and magical as the story on which it is based, but Howard chips away at the playful pastel exterior to reveal a much darker, a much more sinister Wonderland. And she does so beautifully, somehow adding depth to a story with already so many layers including a delicious love triangle involving one of my favorite Wonderland characters. Some people are artists, and much like a dancer’s choreography is nothing without technique, a story is nothing without the gift of wording. To that degree, Splintered is completely spellbinding, and so I thought I’d tease you with some of my favorite quotes:
“Alice has left ripples in our world that only you can smooth.”
“Our gazes touch in a way we can’t…”
“I look up into her face, eyes sky-bright blue and lips the lavender of November dusk.”
“But it’s too late. I’ve squeezed the tear, and the liquid drizzles down my wrist, warm with the scent of brine and longing.”
“Sometimes a flame must level a forest to ash before new growth can begin.”
… I know… amazing.
Splintered will be released by Amulet in January of 2013. More gushing to come then…