Waiting on Wednesday: Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a feature hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine to feature yet-to-be-released books.

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coming january 7, 2014

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.

c.j.'s thoughts

This week has a theme, and it's A.G. Howard.  Some of you may have read my overwhelmingly positive review of Splintered, her fantastically creepy debut novel.  Okay, not ghost-story creepy but there's an aspect of eeriness to the flavor she gives Wonderland that really made her retelling special.  Not to mention a strong main character, delightfully devilish (and potentially loony) mentor, and the deeper issues of mental illness and belonging gluing it all together.  So yes, I'm absolutely dying to read the next one.  Right now I'm living on sample chapters from Netgalley and suffering heroin-like cravings for more.  Or something like that.  Besides having a beautiful cover, Unhinged promises a lot more madcap adventure and some continuation of the darker stuff that we got from Splintered.  If anyone gets an ARC and is willing to share, I will GLADLY pay shipping both ways and eternal gratitude and maybe my firstborn.  

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