I'm posting a pic of the cover, but the computer image doesn't do it justice.
Two things drew me to this book: Melissa Marr liked it enough to write a
review about it and the cover is AMAZING. I probably would have bought
it for the cover alone because it just captivated me. The colors are
magnified beyond what you usually find in a YA novel cover and provided a
playground for my eyes the first time I saw Splintered in a bookstore.
Way to go, cover artist whoever you may be!
Upon opening the
book I discovered another thing that made me appreciate it....purple
ink! The hardcover is printed in dark purple ink throughout the book.
LOVE IT! How many authors/publishing companies will thing to change the
ink color in a printing?
Now to get into the meat of this
thing...it's obvious the author has a love for the works of Lewis
Carroll and she displays that marvelously throughout the book. I
suspect the author also has at least a working knowledge of the mental
health world in the United States....she may even have studied
Psychology or Human Services at one point. There are several Jungian
vibes to this book that with the combination of the previously mentioned
criteria has made this a personal favorite. (I don't know if the
author intended this or if I'm just reading Jung into it, but the result
was fabulously provoking either way.) I don't want to give too much
away with Splintered (which is rare because most of my reviews have a
spoiler section) but you really do need to just read the book to
appreciate the art of it. All of the main characters were well fleshed
out and the world making was brilliant. Will definitely be keeping on
eye on the works of A. G. Howard in the future.