ENSNARED by A.G. Howard {Review}

ENSNARED by A.G. Howard {Review}
by A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered #3
Published by Amulet Books on January 6, 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Provided by: Publisher
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This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world—-a parallel dimension filled with mutated and sadistic netherling outcasts.

In the final installment of the Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But even if everyone succeeds and comes out alive, can they all truly have their happily ever after?


What a spectacular ending to an absolutely magical and enchanting series. ENSNARED takes readers and characters alike on new adventures, visits new and even more bizarre landscapes, and introduces a host of new characters – some of whom are likable, most of whom are mad or wicked, all of whom are more than a tad peculiar.

It is a wild and riveting ride with numerous obstacles to overcome and deadly foes to best. It is a suspenseful, action-filled, heartbreaking and utterly bewitching tale. It is the perfect end to this dark and twisty and positively gorgeous series that takes readers down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass into very different versions of the places they thought they knew.

From the moment A.G. Howard first invited readers to take a look through her lens at what Wonderland was really like, she proved just how creative and whimsical and quirky and imaginative she was as an author. And she continued to prove that with each and every book in this series.

In ENSNARED she brings her newest creations to life, pitting them against Alyssa, her family, her friends and the netherlings on their side. She forces Alyssa to embrace the darkness within her and accept who she really is or risk losing not only those she loves but all of Wonderland. And she makes her confront what she feels for both her knight and her moth.

The story picks up right where things left off in UNHINGED, tosses readers right back into the chaos and takes them on an incredible journey that they will wish would never end. It ties up all loose ends, answers those burning questions readers have been dying to know, and brings Alyssa’s story to a more than satisfying close.

This series-ending book is weird and wonderful, beautiful and grotesque, and unforgettable and simply amazing. Saying goodbye to Allie, Chessie, Jeb, Morpheus and Wonderland won’t be easy for its fans. But with an epilogue that allows for a peek into what happens after, they won’t be left wondering.

Expect to be wowed. Expect to be shocked. Expect there to be a few, or more, tears. Expect to fall in love one last time with ENSNARED, a truly epic and twisted and extraordinary adventure.



Rachel (a.k.a. Fiktshun) has been blogging about (mostly YA) books since 2010. She always has and always will believe that reading YA rocks and thinks she's found the perfect place to ramble here at RYAR.