Happy Wednesday, everyone! It's been a hot minute since I gave you a book review, but the 2015 Review Team is kicking it out. So far this year, they've read and reviewed 136 books. Wow! If you'd like to check out the reviews, go here. Let's get going on my review for the day. I'm super excited about this book, and I can't wait to share my thoughts.
Here's a little about the book:
Title: Ensnared: Splintered Book 3
Author: A. G. Howard
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy/Fairy Tale
Length (print): 416 pages
Buy links: Amazon Kindle $9.99 ~ Hardcover $12.81
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 violent netherling outcasts.
In the final installment of the
wildly popular 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 if
they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily
***Will not appear in review elsewhere. OMG at the covers on this series. What amazing branding, huh? I wanna crawl in there and be. So beautiful! Mad love for the cover designer. Well done.***
I snagged a hardcover copy of Ensnared over on Amazon not too long ago. Man, was I eager to get into this story. I've read and reviewed the first two novels in this series, and I loved them. Book three couldn't get to my grubby little hands quickly enough. I had to find out what happened next with Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheus (what an awesome name). Well, I wasn't disappointed. Let's get to the meat of the review, shall we?
From a Reader's Perspective:
There were zero inconsistencies through this series. I was sucked into Wonderland once again and ensconced in the darker side of the world quickly. Pacing was perfect; I didn't feel rushed or like the story was dragging at any point. All plot points were tied up beautifully: Where Alyssa's dad came from; the relationship between Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheus; the curse Red put on Alyssa in book one; and the plague attacking Wonderland. Overall, there were no hokey moments where I said, "I knew that was coming." Many things kept me on my toes, guessing, only to be proven wrong.
I don't do spoilers, so I won't tell you how the love triangle worked out. What I will tell you is: It was exactly as it should've been. A perfect ending to a trilogy.
Alyssa isn't perfect. Her flaws make her feel human, and being able to root for a character is one of the building blocks of a great story.
You'll love the descriptions of the creatures in Anyelsewhere and Wonderland. A. G. does a great job of painting the madness, and it'll draw you right in. I love the puns, too. There's nothing quite like a novel that gives you the idea of something and lets you fill in the blanks with your imagination. Howard is exceptionally skilled in letting the reader's mind be creative.
From an Editor's Perspective:
There were a couple of missing commas and comma splices, but nothing I'd write home about. Beautifully edited.
1 Star for tying all plot points up so wonderfully
1 Star for giving me the perfect ending
1 Star for vivid descriptions that didn't go too far
1 Star for giving me a main character I could love
1 Star for great editing
Overall, 5 out of 5 stars. Recommended for fans of books that show you something new and different from everything that's been done.
Have you read it? What did you think? If you haven't, do you plan to?
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!