Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ensnared: A Review

Goodreads (description):

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?

My Review:

I don't really know what to say about this conclusion to the Splintered series ...

I have thought about it and yet, I still don't know.

Although I didn't think it possible, Alyssa still didn't make the best decisions. She was still playing two guys while trying to be a people pleaser. She wouldn't take a firm stand, and for the life of her couldn't chose. Morpheus pretty much made all the decisions and Alyssa just thought she made decisions ...

Morpheus is still my favorite. Had the series been about him, I would have totally been okay with that. Actually, now I wish it was from his POV instead of Alyssa's. Morpheus does what's right, even if his ways of doing it are strange and dangerous. Though he will never admit it, he cares for the human world, because Alyssa is a part of it, and he did help in saving the human world too. Even though he hates Jeb, he finally gained a gruding respect and together they helped heal Wonderland. Not Alyssa--Morpheus and Jeb.

It's funny, but toward the end when Alyssa was meant to do so many great and wonderful things, I felt like she had become a secondary character, because she ended up doing nothing. It was actually quite disappointing.

And the end ... I just ... it was just so ... lame.

And short. It was like, this is what happened, the end.

Um ... okay. That's all I get after investing in this series?

Yeah ...

I love the writing, though. The descriptions are fantastic as well as haunting. A.G. Howard is definitely a talented writer. The Wonderland she created was brilliant and terrifying. If she releases new books, I won't hesitate to read them. I just had some personal issues with this story, that's all.

I give this a 3.5 out of 5!


  1. These type of reviews are so darn hard to do! I hate those endings that are almost too perfect but still disorganized.

    You did a great job! Even though lots of people have had issues with this ending. I still want to read it I think because I loved the other two.

  2. Well, bummer. I still have the second book and this one to read and I will read them, but a series can lose so much when the conclusion isn't stellar. Now I'll just know more what to expect.

  3. Yours isn't the only review I have seen for this book where the person has felt quite disappointed. Someone told me how the love triangle is resolved and I laughed because it seemed so ridiculous to me. This ending would have definitely annoyed me, so I am glad I didn't continue after book one.