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    UNTAMED Blog Tour: Looking Back at the Splintered Series Characters + Giveaways

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    I am soooooo excited to be a part of the blog tour for UNTAMED by A.G. Howard. This is such a fun tour and I love being able to revisit (and share) some of the character posts from the UNHINGED Blog Tour for my stop today. I also can’t wait to check out the playlist, the trailer and the first chapter of UNTAMED later this week.

    And I absolutely cannot wait until UNTAMED’s release date this December. I have MISSED this world and its characters. I want to find out what else there is to know about Alyssa, Morpheus and Jeb. And while I have read The Moth in the Mirror, I am thrilled to have a reason to read it again.

    In addition to a look back at some of the series’ characters, for my stop today, I have an awesome international prize pack giveaway AND a US giveaway for a bunch of amazing bookish prizes. If you’d like the chance to win either (or both) giveaways just scroll down to the Rafflecopters to enter.

    But before all that, feel free to check out the guest post from Author A.G. Howard in which she links to each of the character stops she wants us to see and which will help answer the questions she posed.


    About UNTAMED

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    Title & Series: UNTAMED (Splintered #3.5)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: December 15, 2015
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 288
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Return to Wonderland…

    A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

    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 rescuing 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, available in print for the first time.

    This collection expands upon Ensnared‘s epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAY | GOODREADS


    The Guest Post

    Welcome to day two of the Untamed virtual book tour! Today, we’re looking back at our favorite characters from the Splintered Series.

    These four posts were originally taken from the Unhinged virtual book tour, back in fall 2013. Click on the links then scroll down and read the posts to find answers for the questions provided. Then come back and use these answers to unlock the INTL rafflecopter.

    Stop #1: Jeb, Alyssa, and Jenara’s Halloween memories

    Question: In the Halloween memory scrapbook, what costume did Jenara make for herself at age thirteen?

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    Stop #2: Thomas and Alison’s favorite romantic/ scary reads

    Question: What was the first book on Thomas and Alison’s list of haunting, romantic reads?

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    Stop #3: Morpheus and Jeb’s monster debate

    Question: In the monster debate, what creature did Morpheus put up against Jeb’s choice of Medusa?

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    Stop #4: Alyssa and Morpheus’s Thanksgiving twitter chat

    Question: In the twitter chat, what’s the third thing Morpheus is thankful for?

    Today’s International Prize Pack Giveaway

    And here is today’s INTL prize pack…

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    • ONE (1)-Purple Unhinged Themed watch, ONE (1)-AiW jumbo gift tag, ONE (1)-Chessie tail key chain, + Signed Unhinged PB – to ONE winner INT’L

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Be sure to join us again tomorrow at over at All The Write Notes for the reveal of the Official Untamed Playlist!

    **Also, for domestic-only readers, don’t forget to enter the Abram’s rafflecopter for 10 Untamed hardbacks and 5 Untamed posters, provided each day at each stop!**


    The Tour-wide Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • TEN (10) winners will receive a hardcover copy of UNTAMED – US Only
    • FIVE (5) winners will receive an UNTAMED poster – US Only

    FOUR (4) additional giveaways will be taking place through the tour, so make sure to check each blog for their giveaway items and details!

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    About A.G. Howard

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    A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED 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.

    When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | TUMBLR | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | YOUTUBE | GOODREADS


    Other Books in the Series

    Splintered cover 640Title & Series: SPLINTERED (Splintered #1)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 1, 2013
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

    When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUNDGOOGLE PLAYBLOGGOODREADS


    Splintered novella cover 640Title & Series: THE MOTH IN THE MIRROR (Splintered #1.5)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: October 22, 2013
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 40
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.

    This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOOGLE PLAY |  GOODREADS


    Unhinged cover 640Title & Series: UNHINGED (Splintered #2)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    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.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAYBLOGGOODREADS


    Ensnared_CoverTitle & Series: ENSNARED (Splintered #3)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 6, 2015
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    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?

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLEiTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAYGOODREADS


    The Tour Schedule

    Nov. 16th | Two Chicks on Books – Revisit Wonderland settings + scavenger hunt for INTL prizes

    Nov. 17th | Fiktshun – Revisit the main characters + scavenger hunt for INTL prizes

    Nov. 18th | All the Write Notes – UNTAMED playlist reveal + US only giveaway

    Nov. 19th | Adventures of a Book Junkie – UNTAMED book trailer reveal + INTL giveaway

    Nov. 20th | Dark Faerie Tales – UNTAMED first chapter reveal + INTL giveaway

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    RYAR Review: ENSNARED by A.G. Howard

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    ENSNARED by A.G. Howard
    Series: Splintered #3
    Published by Amulet Books on January 6, 2015
    Genres: Fantasy
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 5 stars

    AMAZON | B&N | GOODREADS

    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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    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 sadistic netherling outcasts.

    In the final installment of the 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 even if everyone succeeds and comes out alive, can they all truly have their happily ever after?


    REVIEW


    What a spectacular ending to an absolutely magical and enchanting series. ENSNARED takes readers and characters alike on new adventures, visits new and even more bizarre landscapes, and introduces a host of new characters – some of whom are likable, most of whom are mad or wicked, all of whom are more than a tad peculiar.

    It is a wild and riveting ride with numerous obstacles to overcome and deadly foes to best. It is a suspenseful, action-filled, heartbreaking and utterly bewitching tale. It is the perfect end to this dark and twisty and positively gorgeous series that takes readers down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass into very different versions of the places they thought they knew.

    From the moment A.G. Howard first invited readers to take a look through her lens at what Wonderland was really like, she proved just how creative and whimsical and quirky and imaginative she was as an author. And she continued to prove that with each and every book in this series.

    In ENSNARED she brings her newest creations to life, pitting them against Alyssa, her family, her friends and the netherlings on their side. She forces Alyssa to embrace the darkness within her and accept who she really is or risk losing not only those she loves but all of Wonderland. And she makes her confront what she feels for both her knight and her moth.

    The story picks up right where things left off in UNHINGED, tosses readers right back into the chaos and takes them on an incredible journey that they will wish would never end. It ties up all loose ends, answers those burning questions readers have been dying to know, and brings Alyssa’s story to a more than satisfying close.

    This series-ending book is weird and wonderful, beautiful and grotesque, and unforgettable and simply amazing. Saying goodbye to Allie, Chessie, Jeb, Morpheus and Wonderland won’t be easy for its fans. But with an epilogue that allows for a peek into what happens after, they won’t be left wondering.

    Expect to be wowed. Expect to be shocked. Expect there to be a few, or more, tears. Expect to fall in love one last time with ENSNARED, a truly epic and twisted and extraordinary adventure.

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    ENSNARED Cover Puzzle Reveal: Guest Post by A.G. Howard + Giveaway

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    I am so unbelievably excited to be able to reveal the first puzzle piece from the cover of A.G. Howard’s ENSNARED, the third and final book in the Splintered trilogy which releasing this January.

    I love all the covers in this amazing series and I can’t wait to find out what this cover looks like in its entirety next week. The colors are vibrant and gorgeous and I just know this cover is going to be absolutely stunning.

    And of course I can’t wait to read ENSNARED this winter… even if I am heartbroken that I’ll have to say goodbye to these brilliant and delightful and charming and wicked characters.

    For today’s reveal, I also have a short introduction and teaser from the author, along with the first of many giveaways. And if you’d like to know a little bit more about the author and each of the books in the series, all their details, and links to find them online, are below her post.

    The reveal schedule is included at the bottom of this post and I’ll be sure to update it with direct links when each puzzle piece is revealed. Stay tuned for the full reveal and a mega giveaway over at Two Chicks on Books on May 28th.

    But for now, let me turn my blog over to the author, A.G. Howard…

    Guest Post, Reveal & Giveaway by A.G. Howard

    Thanks so much for joining us for the official Ensnared cover reveal! The incredible design insights of Maria Middleton and the mystical artistry of Nathalia Suellen have combined once again to make a magical, subtle, beautiful cover that perfectly represents the story within. See that banner up there? That’s just a sample of some of the gorgeous colors you’ll see in the artwork.

    Now, since this is the final cover of the Splintered Trilogy, we’ve decided do something different to torture entice you. 😉

    Over the next several days (excluding Sat & Sun), we’ll be offering puzzle piece glimpses of the artwork, along with teasers or excerpts that tie into the piece, to whet your appetite for the final post and Ensnared ‘s official cover reveal on Wednesday, May 28th. For the entire reveal schedule, go here.

    We’ll offer small prize packs each day before topping off the reveal with the biggest giveaway of all (including signed books / ARCs + the gorgeous Death Head Moth necklace pictured here)!

    The giveaways are all INTL, so anyone is eligible to win.

    Okay, let’s begin. Puzzle Piece #1…

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    This beautiful golden flower is more than just eye candy. It’s a honey-comb flavored blossom that serves as one of the many exotic fae foods Alyssa is offered on her journey through book 3. A few others include: wiggly candied spiders; fizzy dandelion wine; and cherry icicle chimes suspended midair by fairy enchantments.

    For your own chance to sample something exotic, today’s giveaway prize is an edible flower garden seed kit that includes: Bachelor Buttons, Calendula, Chrysanthemum, Cilantro, Dames Rocket, Dill, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Red Clover, and Sunflowers:

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    And a cookbook to go along with it:

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    Be sure and enter the rafflecopter below, then join us again tomorrow at Adventures of a Book Junkie for an excerpt from the book, and a glimpse at AnyElsewhere’s wildlife.

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    About Ensnared

    Series: SPLINTERED #3
    Release date: January 6, 2015
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover (available to pre-order now)

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | 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 sadistic netherling outcasts.

    In the final installment of the 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 even if everyone succeeds and comes out alive, can they all truly have their happily ever after?

    About A.G. Howard

    AG Howard

    A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED 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.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | TUMBLR | PINTEREST | GOODREADS


    Other Books in the Series

    Splintered

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    Series: SPLINTERED #1
    Release date: January 1, 2013
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

    When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    The Trailer…


    The Moth in the Mirror

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    Series: SPLINTERED #1.5
    Release date: October 22, 2013
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 40
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.

    This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    Unhinged

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    Series: SPLINTERED #2
    Release date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    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.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    The Trailer…


    Cover Reveal Schedule

    May 21st – Fiktshun

    May 22nd – Adventures of a Book Junkie

    May 23rd – Dark Faerie Tales

    May 26th – A.G. Howard’s Blog Mundie Moms

    May 27th – Tales of a Ravenous Reader

    May 28th – Two Chicks on Books

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    Book Watch: Unhinged

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    UNHINGED by A.G. Howard will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Amulet Books, the print edition is 400 pages.

    UNHINGED is the second book in Author A.G. Howard’s Splintered series. The third full-length book, ENSNARED, is slated for release in 2015.

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    The week of January 7th is packed full of new releases, many of which I am super excited for and six of which I’m dying to add to my collection. But the book I have been pining for the longest, the one that has one of my most favorite and interesting characters in it, is UNHINGED by A.G. Howard.

    I received an early copy for review and almost immediately picked it up and added it to the pile. But then life got in the way and I was never able to finish it. So I’ve picked it up again and am currently reading it now. Which makes me really, really happy.

    Because this book is awesome. Because I love, love, love Morpheus and Jeb. Because I think the world the author created is dark and twisted and brilliant and imaginative. Because Alyssa is both a fascinating and easy to adore character. Because now the wait for the third book in the series, ENSNARED, won’t be as long.

    I am just dying to skip ahead and find out what happens at the end. I find myself “accidentally” turning to the last few pages and have to fight the urge to peek. UNHINGED, so far, is a super quick read and an even more perfect sequel.

    I can’t wait to see how things end, whether there is a battle, whether Queen Red ends up in Alyssa’s world, whether Jeb can handle the truth about his past. And I am so super curious as to just what the cost will be if Alyssa decides to step through the rabbit hole.

    I plan on finishing UNHINGED in the next day or two. And I cannot wait for the eBook and print versions to become a permanent part of my collection on its release date.

    So while I’m totally stoked for the release of all five books I’ve listed at the bottom of this post, all of which will be added to my collection, UNHINGED is the book I am most excited for, the one I have been anxiously awaiting since 2012, a book that made choosing teams really, really hard, and a book that is fantastical and insanely creative and an absolutely perfect read in every possible way.

    Which is exactly why it was so easy for me to choose UNHINGED as the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s TUMBLR

    The author on PINTEREST

    The author on YOUTUBE

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    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.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are five other awesome books releasing the week of January 7th:

    INDEPENDENT STUDY (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau

    A BREATH OF FROST (The Lovegrove Legacy #1) by Alyxandra Harvey

    DEFY (Defy #1) by Sara B. Larson

    ERASED (Altered #2) by Jennifer Rush

    WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME by Erin Fletcher

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    Top 10 Book Covers of 2013

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    Today is the second of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours each day for the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Book Covers of 2013

    Last year’s picks were all about the beautiful ladies. I’m happy to say that this year’s picks are a little more varied and interesting in addition to being visually stunning. And while I named quite a few 2013 covers in my post last year, not all of them ended up being on my top ten list due to the fact that I am really trying so very hard to keep it at just the ten.

    I am not even going to begin to name 2014 covers that I think are gorgeous. I will leave that for next year. But I did have to share just a few peeks in gallery form of other amazing 2013 book covers that I loved.

    Now, without any further ado, here are those…

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    Covers I Love 2013

    1.

    Splintered

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    2.

    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    3.

    MILA 2 Cover

    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    4.

    Everbound

    EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    5.

    Clockwork Princess

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    6.

    Pulse

    PULSE by Patrick Carman

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    7.

    Soul Screamers Volume Three

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    8.

    Tidal

    TIDAL by Amanda Hocking

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    9.

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    10.

    Altered

    ALTERED by Jennifer Rush

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Other Covers I Love, Love, Loved

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    What is there to love?

    SPLINTERED is gorgeous and vibrant and interesting and magical and beautiful. And the typography is amazing.

    THE BURNING SKY is rich and dark and eye-catching and fantastical and stunning.

    MILA 2.0 is clean and modern and different and wicked awesome.

    EVERBOUND is simply beautiful and elegant.

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is beautifully detailed and magical and different and captivating.

    PULSE is interesting and thought provoking.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE is bright and beautiful and simply perfect.

    TIDAL is dark and stunning and gorgeous and sexy.

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA has amazing typography and a dark and striking background image.

    ALTERED is wicked cool and sexy and is amazing in black and white.

    But that’s what I think… what about you? What are your 2013 cover picks?

    The Giveaways

    We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

    There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

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    Unhinged Blog Tour: ‘Morpheus’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am so unbelievably excited to be a part of the UNHINGED Blog Tour and to have as my very special guest today on the blog my favorite character from this series… Morpheus.

    While I absolutely adore Alyssa and Jeb, there’s just something so appealing about the Moth. Just check him out on his very own Pinterest board if you don’t believe me. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

    … … … …

    Well, that took you long enough. But I totally understand. Those are some pretty wicked awesome pics. Anyway…

    Morpheus is here today to share his wisdom on the “DOs and DON’Ts of Entertaining Netherlings.” These seven tips are essential if you’re planning on hosting your very own gathering. Things can go awry rather quickly if you have a misstep, so if I were you I’d pay very close attention to his advice.

    I am also super thrilled that author A.G. Howard briefly stopped by to introduce him and talk about the next stop on tour. If I were responsible for making the introductions I think I would have been too tongue-tied. As much as I absolutely adore Moth, he can be a bit intimidating. But as he owes his very existence to her I think he’ll be on his best behavior… at least I hope so.

    Maybe I should have asked Alyssa to introduce him….

    As I shouldn’t dilly dally – I don’t believe Morpheus likes to be kept waiting – I will just quickly mention that there are some amazing giveaway prizes being offered with this tour. Just enter in the Rafflecopter further down in this post.

    And for some additional giveaways, be sure to check out the tour schedule. Direct links to all previous stops on tour are included below.

    If you haven’t had the chance to dive into this amazing series quite yet, what are you waiting for? The first book in the series is available now, as is an eNovella which will give you a peek at the world from Jeb and Morpheus’ POVs.

    But for now, let me turn the blog over to A.G. Howard and Morpheus – both of whom are much, much, much more interesting than I am.

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    Guest Post

    Welcome to stop #11…

    Today, Wonderland’s Wisdom Keeper is here to provide some unique insights into the likes and dislikes of netherlings. He asked that we dim the lights since he’s here without any magical camouflage in place. We can’t have him startling the humans who don’t believe in fairies, after all…

    Morpheus, you have the floor.

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    Morpheus

    *tips hat* Thank you, luv.

    First, we’ll review the origins of Halloween with this mildly accurate, albeit humancentric, three-minute video that Alyssa batted her blue eyes and convinced me to share. *sighs*  To think I’m the one accused of being manipulative and using my charms to get my way. Once the video is over, if you’re still awake, I’ll share the dos and don’ts of entertaining netherlings.

    *claps hands* Wakie-wakie! Now that that jibberish is behind us, I’d like to make something clear. It wasn’t spirits that the ancient celts saw which convinced them to play dress up. It was in fact, netherlings. Proving of course that there are fairies among you, and All Hallow’s Eve is the one night we come out to play without donning our camouflage.

    In fact, there’s no doubt many of you have entertained netherlings at your Halloween events one time or another without even realizing it. There’s also no doubt you’ve committed some social faux pas through your ignorance. I’m here to assure that never happens again.

    *shakes out wings* I offer you, the Dos and Don’ts of entertaining netherlings:

    1.

    DON’T have bubbles at the party. Netherlings do not find them amusing. The picture below is photo-shopped. Take my word.  The tiniest of our kind have upon more than one occasion been chased by a stampede of bubbles. Rarely do they make it out unscathed. Most often they’re captured and taken on a wild ride until finally slamming into a tree branch or rock and ending up covered in sticky goo. Bouncing along without any control is not fun at all. *frowns*  I speak from experience, as you’ll see when you read Unhinged. Let’s show a little compassion, shall we?

    Bubbles(Photo credit: Autumn Fairie by marcovdz)

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    DO hold your party in a large open area so your netherling guests might flutter about freely should they start to feel “spritely” (pun intended). *smirks* The more room we have to roam, the less prone we are to destructive tendencies. Although I’m not making any promises, either way.

    Fairy(Photo credit: Fairy by Phil Kates)

    3.

    DON’T expose netherlings to human children. The photo below is another fake, I assure you. Ever since The Alice Incident, my kind are very wary of those tiny versions of you. And if sympathy for our feelings isn’t enough of an incentive, there’s one thing more you should consider. There are those of our kind who prey upon children. If you’d like details, read Unhinged. For now, keep them put away. You don’t want to stir that witch’s pot.

    Ren faire Fairy(Photo credit: Fairies by Natalie Archer)

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    DON’T hold the party in a glass house. I beg of you. Enough netherlings have met their bloody demises crashing into car windshields. Let’s not add to the statistics, aye?

    Close up Fairy Face(Photo credit: Fairy by Flood G.)

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    DON’T decorate with fairy statues. You might find it charming, but if you’d seen as many netherlings turned to stone by territorial bridge trolls as we have, you’d change your point of view. It’s hard to enjoy oneself whilst staring at a garden ornament that looks suspiciously like Aunt Nettleplum who once crossed the wrong bridge and has been missing ever since.

    Fairy Statue(Photo credit: Fairy by Terry Long)

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    DO offer the comforts of home. These toad “stools” are not only a charming play on words, they’re reminiscent of our own realm, and offer a variety of sizes so anyone may sit comfortably. A comfy netherling is a happy netherling, and is less apt to cause mischief. Less apt meaning you might have a good half-hour before the mystical hijinks begin.

    Shrooms(Photo credit: Toad-stools Gushi Soda)

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    DO provide cupcakes. Everyone likes cupcakes. But please refrain from calling them fairy cakes. Bear in mind, as netherlings, we’ve had a fairy cake or two. Cupcakes are tasty, but they aren’t magical. They cannot change your size, or blossom to a field of sweet clover inside your mouth.  Inevitably, you will offend one of us, and we’ll do more than call you on the mat for your gross exaggeration. Quite possibly, we’ll give you a taste of magic you’ll never forget. Consider this a friendly warning.

    Cupcakes(Photo credit: Fairy Cakes by Eriko Nakagawa)

    On that note, I have a sudden craving for some fairy cake, so I bid you farewell. *bows and transforms to a moth* *flutters away on a gust of wind*

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    Thank you Morpheus!

    Tomorrow is our twelfth and final post. You’ll get to take a peek inside Butterfly Threads, talk tattoos with Persephone, and have a chance to win some awesome prizes.

    Don’t miss out!  Hope to see you there.

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    About Unhinged

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    Description…

    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.

    Series: Splintered #2
    Publication date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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    About A.G. Howard

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    A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED 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.

    When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | TUMBLR | PINTEREST | GOODREADS | YOUTUBE

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    Other Books in the Series

    Splintered

    Title: SPLINTERED (Splintered #1)
    Publication date: January 1, 2013
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

    When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family.

    She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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    The Moth in the MirrorTitle: THE MOTH IN THE MIRROR (Splintered #1.5)
    Publication date: October 22, 2013
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 40
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.

    This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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    ENSNARED (Splintered #3) – expected 2015 – GOODREADS

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    The Giveaway

    The very awesome publisher, Amulet Books, has offered up 12 ARCs of UNHINGED in this tour-wide giveaway – US ONLY.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Tour Schedule

    Oct. 21st – Stop #1 – Pages From My Thoughts

    Oct. 22nd – Stop #2 – Fiction Freak

    Oct. 23rd – Stop #3 – The White Unicorn

    Oct. 24th – Stop #4 – Icey Books – Character Naming Contest

    Oct. 25th – Stop #5 – The Cover Contessa

    Oct. 26th – Stop #6 – BookHounds YA – Extra Giveaway

    Oct. 28th – Stop #7 – Reading Teen

    Oct. 29th – Stop #8 – Book Haven Extraordinaire – Extra Giveaway

    Oct. 30th – Stop #9 – The Lifelong Bookworm

    Oct. 31st – Stop #10 – Two Chicks on Books – Extra Giveaway

    Nov. 1st – Stop #11 – Fiktshun

    Nov. 2nd – Stop #12 – I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Extra Giveaway

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    Quickie Giveaway: Splintered

    Splintered for Giveaway

    As a few of you may know, I was on a quest to find a print copy of A.G. Howard’s SPLINTERED. As you also may already know, I was, in fact, successful just over a week ago. I found TWO copies….

    Okay, there were four… and I would have bought all four but I thought I should leave a couple copies for potential other readers to discover. Besides, one of the covers had a small dent and I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my books….

    As I really only need the one book, I’d always intended to give the second copy away. But it’s taken me longer than anticipated to be willing to part with it. Because, as you can see, this cover is so unbelievably pretty.

    But I don’t want to be greedy. So….

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     What’s Up for Grabs?

    The hardcover copy of SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard shown in the picture

    The Deets

    • Only ONE entry per household
    • There will be ONE winner
    • You must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is International
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

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