Untamed (Splintered Series Companion)

Untamed (Splintered Series Companion)

by A. G. Howard


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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 giving up the crown to rescue 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.

Read all the books in the New York Times bestselling Splintered series: Splintered (Book 1), Unhinged (Book 2), Ensnared (Book 3), and Untamed (The Companion Novel).

Praise for Splintered:

"Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale."
USA Today

"Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow toward Tim Burton’s 2010 film version."
The Boston Globe

"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original."

" Protagonist Alyssa...is an original. Howard's visual imagination is superior. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole."
Publishers Weekly

"While readers will delight in such recognizable scenes as Alyssa drinking from a bottle to shrink, the richly detailed scenes that stray from the original will entice the imagination. These adventures are indeed wonderful."

"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."
Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderland is filled with much that is not as wonderful as might be expected, and yet, it is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her true nature. The cover with its swirling tendrils and insects surrounding Alyssa will surely attract teen readers who will not disappointed with this magical, edgy tale."
Reading Today Online

"Creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance."
School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419722035
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Series: Splintered Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 63,661
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

A. G. Howard started writing the Splintered series while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child. She lives in Amarillo, Texas. Visit her online at aghoward.com.

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Untamed (Splintered Series Companion) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a amazing series I can't wait to see the twist brought in this one
PinkMooseReads More than 1 year ago
I typically don’t read novellas, but when I saw Untamed by A.G. Howard, I was excited to revisit this version of Wonderland. Unfortunately, I wish I hadn’t. The stories were very long winded, and I felt like I’d never finish the book. I did like that it gave us a bit more insight as to life after Ensnared, but it wasn’t satisfying, or captivating. As some one who absolutely loves the original series, this novella put a bad taste in my mouth. It seems I am the only person ever to not care for Morpheus. I find his and Alyssa’s relationship problematic from the beginning. Through all of the books I felt as those he was a weasel, always plotting to get his way one way or the other. I do feel like my dislike of Morpheus is why I really didn’t care for this novella, and won’t be considering it part of the series that I loved so much. Read all of my reviews at my blog the-pink-moose.com.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection of novellas helps to deepen our understanding of different characters. In the first story, we get a peek at Alison and Thomas/David and get to see the intimate workings of their minds, along with the depth of their relationship. Their love shines brighter because of the darkness they’ve gone through, and it is good to take a look into the pasts of two characters who have grown into their own places as the series progressed. The second story gives us a look into the dark, brooding mind of a netherling, and it helps us to understand Morpheus’ actions in the second book. This coveted look into the mystery that is Morpheus is a great contrast to the look into the nobility of Jeb and his wild human emotions also provided in this story. The third story is a window into Alyssa’s mind as she leaves her human life behind her. The melancholy and nostalgia of her ‘death’ is offset by the joy, love, and passion of her promised forever with Morpheus. This story rounds off the others nicely. If you enjoyed the main trilogy, you will love these last looks into the world of A.G. Howard’s Wonderland. It is amazing yet bittersweet. The perfect way to round off such a wonderful, imaginative series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. It was wonderful learning what happened with Morpheus and Alyssa and looking into flashbacks of the past.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I won a first edition hardcover of Untamed by A G Howard some time ago and all I can say is…WOW…why did I wait so long to read this Alice in Wonderland remake that is so creatively, wondrously written, with a fantasy world anyone would want to get lost in and meet the fabulous characters, both human and fantsy, that will make this impossible to put down.
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Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! This book is so crazily amazing that I can't say anything to describe how it's so heart touching! If you have just read this review, get Untamed ASAP! P.S: Brace yourself for waves of Wonderland!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love... An awesome treat for fans of the Splintered series. "You're exquisite. You're transcendent. And you are mine." I loved, loved, loved UNTAMED by A. G. Howard. I have listened to this entire series and it's truly awesome audio entertainment. UNTAMED is a collection of short stories expounding on events and the characters in the Splintered series. For that reason, I would not recommend it as a stand-alone read. UNTAMED consists of three short novellas. Each includes snippets of memories. I thoroughly enjoyed each one. The first was entitled 'The Boy in the Web.' It was told from Alison's (Alyssa's mother) point of view. This story goes back to when Alison saved Thomas from the clutches of the ruthless Sister Two and her horrifying dream webs. Reading how the plight of Alyssa's father touched Alison's heart and how Alison rescued him was tender and adorable. Morpheus was in this tale and this story exemplified how different Alison's relationship with Morpheus was from Alyssa's. The last two stories in UNTAMED were my favorites. The second was entitled 'Moth in the Mirror.' It had been previously published only in ebook form (Book #1.5). I had not formerly read it. It is told from Morpheus' point of view. In it, Morpheus goes to the memory train to discover Jeb's weaknesses by watching Jeb's memories of Wonderland. However, while looking for Jeb's weaknesses, Morpheus comes to the realization that Jeb is actually honorable, admirable and truly in love with Alyssa, and only wanting the best for her. I freely confess to being on Team Jeb and I was a happy camper with it. 'Six Impossible Things' was the final novella. The first part of it delved into Alyssa's life with Jeb after Book 3. Again, being on Team Jeb, I was thrilled reminiscing the memories of Alyssa's and Jeb's human lives together. However, parts of their story literally had me bawling. I was driving home when I was listening to this particular story and had to stop listening as I was crying too much to drive. The last part of this same story focused on a happy event in the life of Alyssa and Morpheus in Wonderland. Even though I wasn't onboard with Team Morpheus, their story was funny. It touched my heart and left me with a huge smile... and even wiping a tear or two. I may have even gravitated a bit to Team Morpheus for a short while. 'Six Impossible Things' was what I would consider a true epilogue to the Splintered trilogy and ends with a very satisfactory second happy ever after ending. Rebecca Gibel returned as the excellent narrator of UNTAMED. After listening to the entire series voiced by Gibel, I cannot imagine reading it. Truly, if you get a chance to listen to this series, do it! Gibel is the perfect voice for the series. Her range of netherling voices is beyond amazing and she seemingly effortlessly differentiates between each and every character. She makes it seem like there are multiple narrators when, in reality, it's her alone. Her pacing is spot on every time. Her narration most definitely increased my enjoyment of this whole series and I cannot applaud her performance of the series enough. The story of Alice in Wonderland has been one of my favorite fairy tales for as long as I can remember. The characters are drawn so incredibly. It was a pure joy to visit with them again. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves epic YA fractured fairy tales. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club.
Cody-Literary-lyObsessed More than 1 year ago
I think Untamed was one of my most anticipated novellas, like ever… Morpheus is such a freaking dreamboat and his relationship with Alyssa is everything, my obsession with them throughout the Splintered series only grew and grew. For those of you who don’t know, Untamed is actually split into 3 short stories: The Boy in the Web, The Moth in the Mirror and Six Impossible Things. The Boy in the Web: This was about Alyssa’s mother Alison; it focused on her past before she was a wife and a mother. We saw Alison from a young age, how she met Morpheus and her time in Wonderland, leading up to the moment she decided to betray Morpheus and save the young boy from a spider. The Boy in the Web was okay and that was all. I enjoyed reading about Alison but at the same time I wasn’t really interested, more on this later. The Moth in the Mirror: Now this novella had already been released but I managed to avoid reading it until Untamed but my reaction would have been the same whenever I read it: TOO MUCH JEB. Plain and simple, also looking at past memories just isn’t very entertaining to read about, I kept waiting for something to happen to keep my interest. Six Impossible Things: Finally some Alyssa and Morpheus, this is what us Splintered fans have been waiting for.. what 3 books now? This short novella was all dedicated to Alyssa’s life after Ensnared but what I didn’t expect was for Jeb to, yet again dominate another part of the book, I mean The Moth in the Mirror was all Jeb, damn it! So a few of the stories talked about Alyssa’s life with Jeb, their marriage, children, grandchildren, losing their parents and eventually Jeb’s death. Then we finally get to Alyssa and Morpheus but at this point it’s so long overdue and I look at how many pages I’m getting of their relationship and I’m instantly saddened (not enough, not by a long shot). So we look at three memories and they were lovely, I absolutely adore Morpheus and Alyssa but my only complaint was the length and the fact that they didn’t really show the fiery or the trickery nature of their relationship *sigh*, although there were some amazing moments it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. I think my hopes were far too high for this one, although in my defense I didn’t actually think it was going to be riddled with Jeb and Alison’s stories but it would have been completely unfair to Howard for me to actually expect a book based on my favorite characters. However like I said earlier in my review, what I was reading was good but I wasn’t invested in it—this was just me as a reader so this may not be the case for everyone as we all read books differently. Nevertheless the moments I wanted happened, I only wish there was more of it, I will miss this series and characters so much. For more reviews visit: http://literary-lyobsessed.blogspot.co.uk
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 4th addition to these books was great, a perfect way to summarize how everything turned out. I loved this series very much.
Jennifer00 More than 1 year ago
A fabulous follow-up to the spectacular SPLINTERED Series. As always, A.G. Howard's writing is lush and lovely, and each story presented in the three novellas in this book is vivid and imaginative. I especially loved reading the third novella, because we learn about Alyssa's life with Jeb after they married. Not to be missed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED these new stories and all the new insights A.G. Howard gave about Alyssa and all her wonderful characters from Splintered. This series is both magical and powerful. Fantastic! I can't wait to read ROSEBLOOD!