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Dayum, this book was amazing! Admittedly, I felt like it dragged a bit in the middle, but everything else was completely fantastical! I loved reading about Bertie and her continuing adventures, fulfilling her promise to her mother/Ophelia, learning the final pieces about her past, and coming to terms with her two loves. The last quarter of the book, man I was just on the edge wanting to know what was going on, shocked at the twists Lisa Mantchev pulled out. I'm serious guys, the ole eyes were bugging for that last quarter. I think it's safe to say that the last quarter made this book for me. It just blew me away utterly. Ugh the plot was so good, and Mantchev tied everything up so well too. Yes the end was open ended in one way, but she tied all of the important plot points up and left the end to your interpretation. I will miss this series terribly.
Bertie seriously grew up in this book! She matures so much in the best way, and grows and becomes such a full and even richer character. She ends the novel older, wiser, and just all around better. She learns more about herself, and I love how that affected her maturation and her growth, and again she still maintained some of her trademark Bertie-ness. Ariel, wow. He really made me love him in this book. He was just, I can't even explain it. I swooned so much over him, and his arc just made my heart wrench in place. Nate was still his lovable self. I adored him, but Ariel stole the fricking show up in here. The other characters, like Waschbar (sp?), the Scrimshander, etc all got great development, Waschbar really taking some space in my heart.
Damn, Lisa gripped the hell out of me in this one. She takes you on such an epic journey, I loved it. She is just brilliant in my book, and I can't wait to read more from her.