Ensnared by A. G. Howard


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? (Goodreads)

Hi Guys! I have literally just finished reading this book and I am left with that end of a series feeling. You know, that horrible one where you just want the series to continue, but you know it isn’t going to? Although, having said that, the author has revealed that she is planning on releasing an after Ensnared Novella! Cool, right?

In a nutshell, I adored this book as much as I did the other two. I was transported back into that balance between madness and normalcy. I was left to live vicariously through Alyssa! I loved her moments between both Jeb and Morpheus. Certain moments left me swooning – I do have to say, though, I am Team Morpheus all the way! I love the character that Alyssa becomes when she is with Morpheus – his love also seems more genuine and believable than Jeb’s. I feel like he was more of a brother to Alyssa rather than someone who she loves. Maybe that’s just my biased view thanks to Morpheus!

What I enjoyed more about this book is the fact that Alyssa’s parents were both in Wonderland in some form. Her mother was in Wonderland while her dad was with her in Anyelsewhere. In a way, her family end up together, which is how it should be.

I have to say, I was expecting more of a fight from Red. I didn’t expect her to go down as easily as she did and, in a way, I am a little bit disappointed that there wasn’t more of a fight. I do like that Red brought out Alyssa’s strength as a queen, though. I feel like, while she was getting stronger as the books and certain events panned out, she became her strongest after Red took over her body and stayed strong after she left.

I loved watching these characters grow and I am sad to see an end to the series. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

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