Splintered #3. Author: 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.
I have major problems with the ending here. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. A.G. Howard has taken would could be a wonderful premise, woven it completely around the tension of a love triangle, and finally… completely failed to resolve this plot in any meaningful way.
Sexual content: Afore mentioned fairies. Girl in what is – basically – a bikini, has clothes painted on her by a boy. Two characters lie on ground together kissing. Two characters’ clothes dissolve, having been originally made of paint, and they are left in nothing more than underclothing. They end up kissing each other in this state. One completely confusing incident where a boy sends a girl lingerie. (?) 6 full on kisses.
Language: 5 bloody, 5 d***, 4 hell, one scatological term.
Violence: Man says he remembers queen skinning a live rabbit. Mutant birds attack, pound man. Character says queen collects beating hearts. A griffin is melted by water. Character bites another, and cuts his leg with a dagger. Character slams another against a wall. Scorpion flies attack, man is stung and nearly turned to stone. Fairies are killed by boiling jets of steam. Two contestants are locked in with piranha-type things, and one climbs out almost completely skinned. He is thrown in an acid pool that kills him, leaving only his heart. One character nearly strangles another. Character thinks another character’s eyes are gouged out and tongue cut out.
Love Triangle: Yes.