Progress on Alternate: 27,153 words
Current Review: Okay, so this is the last book in the series, and I already reviewed the first two. Hooray, actually managing to review the whole series for once. My next step on my bookshelves is actually, as predicted last time, a classic, so it will be interesting to address that, rather than specifically review it, in my next post. And given that it’s Austen, I might have some fun things to say.
ANYWAY, for this novel…
Again, I found the romantic focus of this book more than my hardened heart could take, but beyond that the story was good. Sarah Rees Brennan managed to keep that sense of adventure, and otherworldliness about this novel.
I also didn’t mention in previous reviews of the other books in this series that I actually adore the Goblin Market. Those sorts of things, magical worlds, market stalls, the idea that there is a magical undercurrent to the world, will always be something that draws me in. Not to mention the dances and earlier on, references to the maenads. Yes! Bring me the Greek references!
I like that this book gave us a chance to see things through Sin’s eyes, and admired her as a character. And as much as my heart is hard, I did find myself rooting for all of the relationships in this book to succeed. So you know, maybe I’m not such a stubborn old thing after all.
Overall, I love the way Sarah Rees Brennan created her world here, what she did with it, and how she managed to use that to develop her characters. And I think she ended it here in just the right place. There was a very clear, very structured and logical plot that I honestly wish I could keep up in my own writing. Maybe I need to ask her for tips!