|Release Date: January 6, 2015|
from Amulet Books
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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 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 Thoughts:I was wary going into Ensnared. I have absolutely loved this series but Ensnared got some very very mixed reviews, so I didn’t know what side of the fence I was going to fall on. That’s probably part of the reason I didn’t read it immediately; I think I needed to distance myself from all of the talk. I’m glad I waited to read this one because I ended up enjoying it a lot. Ensnared wasn’t my favorite of the series but I did think it was a great read and a solid conclusion.
I really love Alyssa as a heroine. I love how strong she is and that she is so determined. She has finally come to terms with both sides of herself and acknowledges that she can love both of those sides and embrace them. She isn’t one to sit on the sidelines. She is always right in the middle of the action and is usually the strongest player in the game.
Then there is Jeb and Morpheus and I’ve always said this is one of my very favorite love triangles. I genuinely like both guys even when they each have their moments. It’s no secret I’m 100% Team Morpheus because I prefer him, but I don’t and can’t hate Jeb. It’s clear that they both love Alyssa and it’s clear that she loves them both. It really is an agonizing choice and neither choice is wrong. Jeb brings out her humanity and compassion while Morpheus pushes and challenges her to be the best she can. My heart was breaking right alongside Alyssa in this one. I will forever contend though that Morpheus understood Alyssa in a way nobody else could and respected her and knew she was strong.
Once again I loved the world A.G. Howard has created. Anyelsewhere is creepy and demented and crazy. And of course I adore this version of Wonderland. The world building is just fantastic.
All in all, I really enjoyed Ensnared and I’m happy with the way everything wrapped up. This series remains one of my favorites and I look forward to revisiting it again one day.