Blurb from Goodreads: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.
Title: Moth in the Mirror (Splintered #1.5)
Author: A.G. Howard
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Amulet Books
The Cover Contessa's Review:
So, I'll be honest and say I went into this blind. Didn't really matter what it was about, it mattered that it was a short story that revolved around Splintered and that was really all I needed to get me to buy it! And I am in no way disappointed that I did!
First off, I just love this cover. Although, I after reading, I did think to myself that perhaps it could have had more elements of the story to it. But simple is fine and it certainly matches the theme of book #1, and #2. I'm not sure if perhaps including a character or even a mirror on the front would have given too much away. Alas, it not my favorite cover of this series, but that really didn't matter once I opened it and read what was inside.
I can't really talk about much without giving away what the story is about. I love that you get to know just a bit more about Morpheus's mind in this story. He's an illusive one to figure out for sure, even after reading this (although I have a better grasp on his motives as I read through the second book). Jeb, well, I just love Jeb, I'm a huge fan. So to see some things from his eyes was incredible. He remains loyal to a fault and just all around swoony.
And I love how Howard goes about showing Morpheus the memories through Jeb's eyes, and yet we're also seeing it from Morpheus' perspective. You not only find out what motivated Jeb to do the things he did while they were in Wonderland, but also find out how this tilts Morpheus's perspective towards the couple (and also gives him leverage to get what he wants...I won't go further there).
All in all this was an absolutely fabulous novella. It was a very quick read and I'm glad I jumped in while in the middle of reading book #2 (although there's no reason to wait, go get your Morpheus and Jeb fix NOW, you won't regret it!). I can't wait to see if Howard decides to do another novella after Unhinged. This is definitely a wet your lips and leave you hungry for more story! Great job!A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
Her debut YA fantasy, SPLINTERED, a dark Alice in Wonderland spinoff, is now available from Amulet Books. The sequel, UNHINGED, is due to launch January 2014.