June 14, 2016

Ensnared by A. G. Howard

Title:  Ensnared
Author:  A. G. Howard
Pages:  407
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher:  Amulet, 2015
Series:  Splintered, Book 3

Synopsis: 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 ever after?

Review:  Well, this was a great ending to what turned out to be a pretty awesome trilogy.  I have the 'companion' book, Untamed, coming up next and I'm curious what new stories are told there.  This one wrapped up nicely and I'm satisfied with how it all turned out, but I find I'm not ready to let the characters go just yet.

Turns out these characters grow up and grew on me.  It's still got some of the parts that bothered me, but the stories seem to mature as the characters learn to become adults.  A good friend of mine sent me this series, saying she knew I'd love it.  After finishing book one, I was afraid I'd be disagreeing with her.  Now I can only say she was right.  I did end up loving it.

Rating:  8.5 / 10

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