Inside, upon a throne cushioned with black velvet, sits a queen who wears enchanted red bows on every finger and toe. She shushes the ribbons as they whisper to remind her of things she’s forgotten. Her memory has been lost for some time, but she’s given up trying to find it. If not for her ribbons, she wouldn’t even remember the love of her life. Perhaps if we’re quiet, we might overhear one or two of the mysteries harbored deep in the recesses of her failing mind. Although fair warning, some of her reminders might be cryptic to those who haven’t yet visited...
The one thing this queen doesn’t need reminding of is Christmas, because the delicious aroma of a feast swirls throughout the halls of the castle. We could stay and have dinner here, but we should save our appetites for tomorrow. Katie's Book Blog is hosting a Christmas Tea Party where all sorts of Wonderland delicacies will be laid out for our feasting pleasure. Hope to see you there at tour stop number four!
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Expected publication: January 1, 2013
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.
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