Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Ensnared

Title: Ensnared
Author: A.G Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 6th 2015
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 1 Starfish

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? - Summary and cover image from Goodreads.

What.....what just....what the HELL JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!


Oh my god. Okay, so I'm going to start with the things that bothered me the least to the most awful, gut-wrenching things. And before I start my rant, I would like to say that I DON'T LIKE TO CRITICISE PEOPLE OR OFFEND ANYONE, but in this case, I have to write what I'm feeling, which is hate-filled rage. So please excuse my harshness.

1. The plot was SO slow. The only thing that really happened in this book was the constant tug of war between Jeb and Morpheus (like I didn't get enough of that in the other two books). Seriously though, the second book was so mediocre compared to the first that I thought that maybe it was suffering the "second book syndrome". However, the third book was so bad, that I now realize that the trilogy was just going completely downhill from the start. I feel like there was also an information overload throughout the book, especially in the beginning with Alyssa on the train.

Okay, so there are only two things that really bothered me. So now onto the second...

2. I hated Alyssa from the very beginning, so I expected to hate her ten fold in this book because deep in my heart (though I did have foolish hope) I knew she would choose Jeb. I was expecting her to do the right thing and let Morpheus go so he can live his life and find another girl (ten thousand times more deserving of him than Alyssa) to love. Because that would have been the RIGHT THING TO DO. What I did NOT expect is the atrocious ending that came to be. I honestly did not think that the author would do something so loathsome, but oh did she ever.

Alyssa ended up with both guys. Alyssa's decision to not make a responsible, mature, unselfish choice supposed to make me feel like she deserves the title of queen? Am I supposed to like her? Because she officially gets the title of "worst heroine I've read to date". She didn't want to make the difficult choice (or rather the author didn't) so she dumps it on the men to make the decision for her? AND WHAT GUY OR GIRL IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD WANT TO BE WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN'T DECIDE IF THEY WANT THEM OR THIS OTHER PERSON INSTEAD?? My heart is killing me just thinking about being the love interest in that situation. I would've walked away, which is definitely what Morpheus should have done. Actually, Alyssa should have been A BIG GIRL AND MADE A CHOICE. Everything was way too easy for her. The guys being okay with her sleeping with one, raising a family, and then going to the other to do the same is SICKENING. It's NOT romantic, it's NOT fair OR right, it's gross. I don't even care if she had chosen Jeb over Morpheus, as long as she would have just chosen one! Maybe the author was trying to create an ending that has never been done before, but I have to say if that was her intention, she failed epically (I guess not all authors can be as awesome as Tahereh Mafi). And one final thing, DON'T YOU DARE SAY THAT YOU WERE HAPPY WITH IT BECAUSE MORPHEUS WAS HAPPY. You have some seriously screwed up morals if you do.

In conclusion, it would have been less painful to rip out my life-clock and it give it to Hart myself.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some books to burn.

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