With Morpheus and Jeb trapped in AnyElsewhere and Alyssa’s mom trapped in Wonderland which is on the verge of destruction, Alyssa must move quickly if she wants to save everyone. She has to defeat Queen Red and stop her from destroying everything she loves. But Alyssa still has one important decision to make—will she return to the human world or remain in Wonderland as their queen?
There’s no question that the writing in this series has been lovely, and the final book continues that trend. The reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s work captures the darkness and bizarreness perfectly. I always loved seeing what would show up next. The series is at its strongest when dealing with Wonderland stuff.
Unfortunately, there’s Jeb, Alyssa’s human love interest who tends to drag the plot to a halt. I genuinely cannot see what Alyssa sees in him. He continues to be the same controlling and violent person that he’s been since we first met him, yet Alyssa keeps insisting that he’s so kind, gentle, and forgiving. Because kind, gentle, and forgiving people always use violence as their first response to a problem. Though, considering we see in this book that Alyssa’s father’s first response to a problem is violence as well, maybe Alyssa does think that. Or at least that’s the proper response for guys. Alyssa’s dad repeatedly chides Alyssa for responding to problems with violence at the start of the book, which I didn’t mind. Until he faces someone he doesn’t like and immediately goes to violence as the appropriate reaction. It’s really no wonder her dad likes Jeb so much. They even continue their trend of going off on their own to make Alyssa’s decisions for her.
And despite being the protagonist of the story, Alyssa sure didn't get to do much at the end.(show spoiler)
The ending just felt a bit rushed. Although when a large chunk of the book is spent on Alyssa’s love triangle, I suppose it’s no surprise that the plot had to take a hit.
Morpheus continued to be the only character I consistently liked. He remained his ever manipulative and charming self, but he was always open about the fact that he was manipulative and would always put Wonderland (and himself) first. And Alyssa could actually stand up to him when he did something she didn’t like. It’s much easier for me to enjoy bad behavior when the other characters actually acknowledge it as bad behavior. And he kind of stole the book here by having most of the best scenes.
As for the solution to the love triangle,(show spoiler)
I also didn’t really like the fact that the book was so insistent on the fact that Alyssa needed Jeb specifically to connect her to her human side. Apparently being raised as a human by human parents (well mostly human for her mom) with a human best friend (who doesn’t even show up in this book) was not enough to tie her to her humanity. She needed a guy to do that. Morpheus being her tie to her netherling side was more understandable since he was literally the only netherling she knew for the first 16 years of her life, although still annoying that she needs a guy to ground her.
Ensnared continued the lovely writing and wonderful reimagining of Wonderland. Unfortunately my Jeb problem continued as well, and Morpheus was only able to do so much to counteract it. Although the ending felt rushed to me and I was disappointed by certain aspects of it, I also felt it was better than the rest of the book. Although Morpheus’ scenes were always the best for me.