Guys, I am here to talk about a rare occurrence. Like a unicorn under a rainbow rare…
Wow okay there’s actually a gif for that. Thank you, internet. Anywho, the occurrence I’m here to talk about today is one rarely found in the land of books, one that is often prayed for but almost always fails to show. I’m talking about the last book in a series exceeding expectations. Not just exceeding expectations, but exceeding the other books. Yeah, that’s pretty rare (*cough* Hunger Games *cough* Divergent). Yes, we’ve all been through the pain of a disappointing last book. But I’m here to tell you about an AMAZING last book!
So if you haven’t heard of this series, I am about to change your life. My best friend Mhairi (the cowriter of this blog) gave me the first book in this series for Christmas last year and I swear it was life changing. They don’t immediately jump out as a “life changing” book- midgrade fantasy about a girl who goes to Fairyland. It sounds like the type of book that you might get for your little cousin or kid. But this series is honestly one of the best-written books I have ever read. Gorgeous prose flows through every page, and the story is populated by sweet, funny, loveable characters that just make you want to jump into the story. Although it is written for children the themes are applicable for any age (I almost cried in the second book) and the plotting is very well done.
I’ve put off reading the last book for a long time because of that feeling we readers know too well- not wanting the story to end, and being afraid that the ending won’t be good. Well, have no fear my intrepid readers- this one was worth the wait.
This is going to be a tricky book to talk about without giving away any spoilers, so I’ll make it short and sweet. As with any story with a young protagonist, this story has to grapple with the subject of growing up, something that was painful enough to leave scars on all of us. But Catherynne M. Valente handles it beautifully (she literally made me cry), and her wise words brought new light to a story we all thought we knew so well. Thank you, Catherynne M. Valente, for making me remember the beautiful parts of growing up as well.
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my blog, and until next time, happy reading 🙂