Wednesday, April 27

Review: Untamed (Splintered #3.5)

Untamed (Splintered #3.5)
AG Howard

Published By: Amulet Books
Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Date Read: March 28, 2016
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
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From Goodreads:
A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

This collection expands upon Ensnared's epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters.

~ The Boy in the Web Review ~

The Boy in the Web is the first novella in Untamed and is told from the point of view of Alyssa's Mom Alison. I am afraid to say I didn't really enjoy this novella all that much. I felt like I knew pretty much everything that was revealed in the novella and although I found it nice and refreshing to see the glimpse of Alyssa and Jeb's romance looked on by her mother and her own romance with Thomas, I just felt like I needed something else to keep me interested. I kept flipping through pages to see how long was left in the novella and when there was still quite a lot of pages left I was just wishing they would go very quickly. 

The parts of the novella that I enjoyed most was seeing Alison's interactions with Morpheus but just as I was starting to enjoy that, it was over and back to me wishing the novella was over. 

I am super sad about my feelings for this novella as I love the Splintered series so much but unfortunately this novella fell a little flat for me. Maybe it was because my major attachment in these books is Alyssa, Morpheus and Jeb and I really didn't see them enough. 

Novella Rating: 2 Stars (Morpheus improved the rating)

~ The Moth in the Mirror Review ~


The Moth in the Mirror revisits some scenes in Splintered that we don't really get to see. As Splintered is told soley from Alyssa's POV then we don't get to see the things that happens to Jeb when he is away from Alyssa. That is what this gem of a novella does. It shows us some things from Jeb's POV that is guaranteed to make you adore him even more!

Morpheus... oh my Morpheus. I can see that he's going to be trouble in Unhinged... and I can't wait! I just love love love him. Even when I'm angry at him I still love him and I have a feeling there's a lot more anger to come.

One thing I adored about this novella is we get to see inside the heads of the two boys. It's so cleverly written so even though scenes are being told from Jeb's POV you can still see hints that Morph is actually telling it also. I think that's an incredible skill and only a few writers are talented enough to pull it off. AG Howard being one who can pull it off effortlessly! She is phenomenal.

I don't usually love novellas as I find them too short to really love. By the time you're starting to really get into it it's over. However as I was already way into it with Splintered I thought this novella was fantastic. I absolutely loved it and it made me love Jeb an Morph even more. It had me itching to get my hands on Unhinged and continuing this addictive story. 

Novella Rating: 5 Stars

~ Six Impossible Things Review ~

Six Impossible Things is my favourite novella out of the three featured in Untamed. I loved seeing what happened to Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus after Ensnared. I found myself loving what happened after Alyssa and Jeb went back to the mortal realm, yet I found myself wanting more of particular scenes after they've ended and the one I really didn't want to experience, because I knew it would break me, we saw in full. This novella broke my heart and I cried so freaking much. 

My favourite aspects of this novella was definitely the memories of her and Morpheus. Morpheus is without a doubt my favourite character in the series and to see his and Alyssa's life together and how happy they both are just made me so happy. It truly was a perfect ending to the series and I'm so glad we got to see them.

Again I am of mixed emotion as I loved the perfect resolution to this series and the characters' lives but I am heartbroken that this is the end. I am going to miss the beauty, madness and wonder of Wonderland and I can all but hope that AG Howard revists this world sometime again in the future. I'd love to see the stories of Alyssa's children. 

Novella Rating: 5 Stars

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