Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Unhinged by A.G. Howard Review

"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."

I have a very favorite part in Unhinged. It ends with this: "The Red King. My king." Of course, I wouldn't include every word, because it's a major spoiler alert. BTW, it's also part of Queen Ivory's prediction for the future of Alyssa and Morpheus (and someone else, of course; someone very special). 

Morpheus is increasingly using his loopholes to manipulate Alyssa. As much as I hate seeing people manipulate people, Morpheus' ability to manipulate Alyssa is pretty much essential to the future of Wonderland. I can get why Morpheus is doing all of this, but I'm like...really? Seriously, manipulation and games? Gosh, he's a nasty fellow. But I can't help but sympathize with him. He's doing all of this to make his future with Alyssa come true (isn't that adorable? I think so too). Now, I'm totally on Morpheus' side (despite his really ugly games and terrible skills at fooling other people). 

Jeb is more truthful and honorable than the other guy. He's the white knight, the mortal knight. Morpheus is the dark knight (I'm Batman; just kidding, but it's a funny joke), and the trickster knight. Of course, for most of the book, it feels as if he's losing his attention on Alyssa. He's more focused on his art rather than Alyssa. I don't blame Alyssa for going to Morpheus instead of Jeb because of his busy hours with some woman.

And Alyssa. She's becoming much more cruel and nasty. A deadly creature, she's more netherling than human. I have to admit that she's becoming a good Red Queen. By the end of the book, you can totally see which side she's on. (I mean, Wonderland side or human world). 

After a terrible reading experience of the first book, I'm so thrilled once I finished the second book, Unhinged. It's crazy and totally nonsense. I just love it. I'm not so happy about the start of the first book, but the second? It's OMG moment. I can't wait for the next book. 2015 is too far away. Ah! I will have to read other books in order to wait for it!

What totally improved is the plot. I can understand it! The author must had gotten a better translator because somehow my mind is actually able to read it! I love how Morpheus takes Alyssa on a wild ride. Oh, Alyssa, you are going to be insane by the end of this trilogy (yes, trilogy; one more book to go!)

Please published even earlier than 2015! Early Christmas gift! I'm, of course, talking about the last installment of the series! I'm stuck on the cliff! With Alyssa's dad! And Alyssa! Ahhhh! #Somanyfeelings

Rating: Four out of Five (with a touch of madness) 

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