Book Info :
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.
First of all, the cover looks really gorgeous. I do love purple! It reminds me of Robert Pattinson, though, right? I just wish there weren’t any baby bangs in there. But in totality, it’s whimsical and mysterious, and oh so Wonderland.
Unhinged was told in Alyssa’s perspective. Honestly, I wished there are Morpheus’ and Jeb’s perspective, because at times I wanted to smack Alyssa senseless! Her indecisiveness in this book was very frustrating. She left Wonderland thinking that she can go back to her old life and be normal, but that’s just wishful thinking because she is anything but!
Trouble found her outside of Wonderland. The things that she ran away from were slowly creeping into the real world. Evidence of Wonderland showed up in her artwork, inched into her dreams, and even the bugs heeded warnings. Her human life is tangled up with Wonderland, and shocking family secret blows up in her face.
Who is after Alyssa and why are her two worlds colliding? Of course, where there is trouble, there is Morpheus. It has been difficult for Alyssa to manage her two halves. One is needed to save Wonderland from collapsing into chaos, and the other, a whiny teenager who’s pining for Jeb’s attention.
Alyssa still hasn’t told Jeb about their time in Wonderland, and I can understand her hesitation, but once Wonderland has infiltrated your life, it finds its way out. You are never the same. Jeb is never the same.
And since the enemy is back, Morpheus will do his damnedest to get Alyssa to help Wonderland at the expense of anyone. Like I said, even though his intentions are noble, he would manipulate his way to get to the end. This love/hate relationship that I have for Morpheus is gnawing at me.
A.G. Howard does know how to make Morpheus both lovable and annoying. His humor is hilarious and in the gutter.
M: Of all the times you’ve undressed me in my fantasies, I never remember feeling this…unfulfilled.
A: Please, Morpheus.
M: Ah, but those delectable words, those are always in the fantasy.
A: Your unbelievable.
M: And that sentiment is reserved for the end.
I still am on Team Jeb. I can’t help but root for the good guys! There was a scene from the book that made me love him even more. His love for Alyssa is so strong. Even though it broke him, he was still ready to fight for her, with her; and help her out when she needs him the most.
The story just about turned me MAD. Alyssa’s indecisions are truly frustrating. I found her selfish at times. Morpheus already told her that Wonderland was in danger, but she kept trying to turn her back on Wonderland, where is queen. And also, the way she would act when Jeb had to do some work for his career. Jeb kept telling her that is for their future. She became a real brat. Plus, she forgives Morpheus so easily. His deceptions, plural, in my opinion, cannot be forgiven that smoothly.
But then, Alyssa isn’t purely human. She is part fae. Half of her true nature is just like Morpheus’. Because of that, I can somewhat understand why the author made her like that – to easily forgive Morpheus and be conflicted with her feelings for him. Still, his actions left me feeling betrayed. In reality, his traits are scary to the point that girls should be wary.
So yes, I am still on Team Jeb!
Unhinged satisfied my Wonderland-hunger. The dark and twisted story was a delight. It didn’t fail to captivate me with vivid descriptions of this made-up creepy-world of nightmares.
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