Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Novella Review: The Moth in the Mirror (Splintered #1.5)

Release Date: October 22, 2013
Author: A. G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Length: 40 pages

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.


Characters: This novella is told from the third person perspectives of both Morpheus and Jeb, Morpheus having the first and final chapters and the middle three being the accounts of Jeb's time without Alyssa in Wonderland. Now, I didn't think it was possible for me to despise Morpheus more than I already do, but after reading this novella I do. I got to see first hand how manipulative and diabolical he really is and while he does have feelings for Alyssa, the way he goes about wanting to win her affections is just sick. Jeb, on the other hand is shown to really love Al and will and does do anything in his power to help her. He's shown to show genuine feelings for her without a bunch of crazy, I need to get rid of the competition nonsense. After reading this novella it's hard for me to believe that there are people who root for Morpheus and Alyssa, though if you are could you please explain it to me in the comments, I won't judge just curious.

World-Building: There isn't too much world-building present in this novella, it's rather short and all it really adds is a few new characters and tells what Morpheus is up to after Splintered. That being said, let's see if I can expand on this. The new characters introduced are "The Dodo" and his wife, who are captured shortly after Jeb is. They are interesting characters and I do hope we get to see more of them in the next installment, as they could add a great comic relief, being from Jeb's forgotten memories and all. Seeing what Morpheus was up to after Alyssa left Wonderland was almost disturbing, as I said before, Morpheus delving into Jeb's memories to learn his weaknesses in hopes of tricking Alyssa into losing faith in her "Elvin Knight" was just despicable, it only made his creep factor grow and made me hate him more.

Ending: In the last chapter I could see that I was supposed to gain a greater understanding of where Morpheus is coming from and while I did understand, and for a moment even sympathize, the way he handled himself and his plans easily cut through that understanding and sympathy and made me realize that Morpheus either needs to see a shrink, or at the very least a good friend who will help him see what a psychotic lunatic he's being and help him see what's right, then and only then could I see him as a viable love interest for Alyssa.


Yeah, this may seem a bit weird after all the complaining I did, but regardless for how I think Morpheus needs a slight personality adjustment, the novella was great. It gave a bit of a fresh reminder for what happened in Splintered to help prepare me for Unhinged coming out in January.



  1. I hear so many awesome thing about this series. It's one I want to get started on!

  2. Howard did not disappoint with this novella that's for sure! I loved it. I read it while I was at work! LOL! And I love this series. I was lucky enough to read Unhinged early and be on the blog tour! I can't wait for book #3, and I hope Howard does a novella in between!

    1. I'm so jealous you got to read it early! Haha, NetGalley denied my request, so unfortunately I'll have to wait until January. I can't wait! :)

    2. What? How could they deny you? You do such great reviews! That's BS!