The Inspiration behind SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

So, many of you know about the very original retelling of Alice in Wonderland titled Splintered by A. G. Howard.

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

And I'm sure by now you've seen the cover to the very cool sequel: Unhinged. If you haven't, here it is:

Unhinged (Splintered, #2)




But what you might not know is the inspiration behind the story.

While I was attending the International Reading Association conference in San Antonio last month, I had the pleasure of meeting A.G. Howard. Of course, I totally geeked out when I saw Splintered in person and then realized the author was signing! So I grabbed my posse of book nerd teachers, and jumped across the aisle to meet her. I gushed over the cover. She said I looked familiar, which totally made me giddy for reasons I do not fully understand.

But then I had to ask, "Where did you come up with this story?" If you've read Splintered, you know how different it is. It's like nothing you know, I promise. I went on to mention all of the crazy details that caught me by surprise with the setting. For so long I grappled with a proper way to describe Wonderland, but I always came up short. Luckily for me, the author summed it up perfectly. She told me that she was inspired by the Tim Burton movie. Being familiar with that movie (and also this book), that made perfect sense. There really is no better way to describe the setting of Wonderland-- it's like reading a Tim Burton screen play.

So there you go. Now you know part of the inspiration behind Splintered (and Unhinged).


And as a side note, these covers are gorgeous. The pictures do not do them justice! They are stunning. They are also printed in purple ink, which I think is pretty fabulous.

Me with the author at IRA:
 
She is a complete doll! So friendly. Love her!


 


Allegiant (Divergent #3) cover reveal!

Be still my heart....

The time has finally come! There is a cover for Allegiant, book 3 in the Divergent series. I am so excited for this book! I can hardly contain myself. I just want to jump up and down and fan myself, but I will save that for when my pre-order arrives.


I am pretty surprised by this cover, actually. I was really expecting the erudite eye symbol, but it appears that there is a new symbol all together. What does that mean, eh? My brain is working overtime thinking of the possibilities.

I should also point out how fantastic the colors are. I love how vibrant it is. A complete change from the subtle shades of Divergent and Insurgent.


Here it is, folks:

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)


 


Review: the s-word (Chelsea Pitcher)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
genre: contemporary
pages: 304
publisher: May 7th 2013 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781451695168
source: eARC from Netgalley


The S-WordFirst it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie's looping scrawl.


Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she's caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie's own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.


Wellllll.... It had promise. But this was no Thirteen Reasons Why. In fact, it's pretty hard to read something on this subject without making that comparison. the s-word was okay, but it did not steal my breath and leave me speechless like Thirteen Reasons Why.

I think it would be fair for me to say had I read the s-word before Jay Asher's book, I probably would have liked it more. There were several things that kind of irked me in this book and I think they took away from the overall impact the story could have had.

First, the lack of capital letters. Man, that drove me nuts. Something inside of my cringes when I see 'i' instead of "I" in a book/sentence/essay. I'm sure there was some purpose for the lack of capitalization of proper nouns in this book, but I really didn't "get it". Whatever the impact was supposed to be fell short. Maybe it was supposed to emphasize the state-of-mind of the character(s)? Eh. I don't really know. Needlesstosay, there should have been proper capitalization in this book. Period. (And I won't even mention that the lack of capitalization wasn't even consistent. Some sentences started correctly, others did not. Names were capitalized but 'I' was not. It drove me nuts!)

The characters were also just so-so. I think Lizzie was the most interesting of them all, and she wasn't in the majority of the action. Angie was a nut case. Jesse had promise, and everyone else was taking up space. There wasn't a whole lot of depth with some of the so-called "main" characters, and a lot of their interactions/relationships were rushed and felt a little off.

I will say the story behind Lizzie was intriguing and heart breaking. Now, her sad story I could believe. It actually felt real (which is tragic).

Overall, the s-word was a decent read that had some gripping moments, but the relationships with the characters fell flat.


ARC Giveaway for The Caged Graves

ARC Giveaway for The Caged Graves! Release date: May 14, 2013


The Caged Graves17-year-old Verity Boone expects a warm homecoming when she returns to Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in 1867, pledged to marry a man she has never met. Instead, she finds a father she barely knows and a future husband with whom she apparently has nothing in common. One truly horrifying surprise awaits her: the graves of her mother and aunt are enclosed in iron cages outside the local cemetery. Nobody in town will explain why, but Verity hears rumors of buried treasure and witchcraft. Perhaps the cages were built to keep grave robbers out . . . or to keep the women in. Determined to understand, Verity finds herself in a life-and-death struggle with people she trusted.

Inspired by a pair of real caged graves in present-day Catawissa, this historical YA novel weaves mystery, romance, and action into a suspenseful drama with human greed and passion at its core.





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