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Review: The Moth in the Mirror by A.G. Howard

Title: The Moth in the Mirror

AuthorA.G. Howard

Genre: YA Fantasy

SeriesSplintered (Book 1.5)

Publication DateOctober 22, 2013

Format: Paperback, 40 Pages

ISBN-10: 1419704281 (Amulet/Abrams)

ISBN-13: 978-1419704284 (Amulet/Abrams)

Reviewed byBridget


An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.

This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.

Quick & Dirty: Fun short read told from Jeb and Morpheus’s POV.  If you are a fan of Splintered and need a quick fix before reading Unhinged, I would highly recommend reading this.

Opening Sentence: “You’re sure about this, Morpheus?”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

Morpheus has never quite figured out what is so appealing about humans.  The girl he loves is determined to reject everything Wonderland has to offer for a simple human boy.  Morpheus has decided that to better understand Alyssa he needs to see what she sees in Jeb, so he enters into Jeb’s memories of his adventures in Wonderland. Did you ever wonder where and what Jeb was doing when he wasn’t at Alyssa’s side? In The Moth and the Mirror you get to see glimpses of Wonderland from Jeb’s POV.

If you have read my review of Splintered you will know how much I love Jeb. He is selfless, sweet, caring, loyal and a total hottie. Then there is the cunning, mysterious, gorgeous Morpheus.   Both boys are amazing characters and it was fun to be inside their heads for a little while.  It helped me to understand both of them better and just made me love them even more.

If you are a fan of Splintered you will want to pick this one up. It adds extra insight to the story and it was a really fun read.  It will help pacify you while you wait for the release of Unhinged (which is totally incredible)!!!!  Anyone that has yet to start this series, what are you waiting for? It is by far the best retelling I have ever read and you really need to pick it up.

Notable Scene:

His spiel was rehearsed— mechanical, even— but Morpheus’s pulse raced. He waited for the beetle to shut off the lamp. As soon as the insect had left the room and closed the door, Morpheus’s body came apart at the seams— floating through the darkness as if he were made of dust motes. All the pieces reassembled themselves on the silver screen in vivid, cinematic colors, until he was inside Jebediah Holt’s head, wearing his body, feeling his emotions.

In that moment, Morpheus gave himself over to the experience, seeing things as a human for the first time in his life.

Splintered Series:

1. Splintered

1.5  The Moth in the Mirror

2. Unhinged (January 7, 2014)

3. Ensnared

FTC Advisory: Amulet Books/Abrams provided me with a copy of The Moth in the Mirror. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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