• The cover makes me think of Alice’s descent into Wonderland.

• The writing was a little odd at first, but now that I’ve adapted to it, it’s completely enrapturing 💯💯💯.

• So magic. Or her parents/the letter-writer live in town?

• Wow, Pen. Kids are the worst.

• So shapeshifting, animate trees and impressive sneaking. I’m so excited to find out what the rules of this magical world are!

• I knew it! But wait, is the girl the white finch and she keeps a lavender finch in her pocket? Or is the white finch her messenger and the lavender finch her friend? Or does the finch change color depending on what it’s doing? Why did she only show herself now?

• I have this annoyance with, but also grudging respect for Adelaide. Yeah, she’s pretty mean to Lottie. It would have been more productive to explain why saving the Starkling King was essential. She’s unapologetically herself.

• OK yeah, Lottie was totally out of line here at Ingle Inn. Adalaide’s immaturity isn’t helping much either.

• I want a genga! Except I want it to be a miniature cat instead!

• Wait, I’m confused. If Fife is the wisp, why wouldn’t Adalaide let Lottie help Oliver? Does this mean he has a wisp? But now they’re saying they could smell Fifre? Halfling, like half Northerlies and half Southerlies?

• So that’s why Adalaide didn’t want Lottie to touch Oliver! Because of his keen.

• I totally thought someone was marking her involuntarily when the Barghest grabbed her!

• Fife. *Sob* juvenile

• Racist grooming is all Adalaide’s been exposed to.

• Wow, and this book is supposed to be for middle-schoolers? It seems a little too dark for them. But then again, maybe it’s just more mindless coddling. I guess we all have to realize there’s dangers in all worlds; and what better way to find out than through a world that isn’t your own?

• Adalaide’s perfectly wretched, but loveable all the same.

• So glad I know this is a series of books. But then does time now run in this world the same way it runs in the other world? By this time, Eliot only has a week left or so. She’s been gone for at least a week.

• I guess I should have seen this coming; it’s understandable how it came to this conclusion. I understand both sides though; that’s probably how you’re supposed to feel. Who’s right? No one. Because both Eliot and Mr. Wilfer are both important people because they’re people. Who’s more important? Well that depends on who you ask, of course.

• The Barghest thing, super anti-climatic. But it’s such a terrifying animal!

• Well that door was wildly ironic.

• Use Trouble if Oliver’s finch has gone back to him!

• She might be angry and untrusting, but she honestly is their friend. Who else would come back for them?

• Is the last ingredient her then??

• OK, they can make it!!! ALL OF THEM! PLEASE AUTHOR LET ALL OF THEM ESCAPE.

• ELIOT IS SICK BECAUSE HE’S NOT OF THE WORLD OF EARTH. HE BELONGS IN LIMN! That’s why there’s an apple tree in his back yard!

• Okay, so the apple theory has proved false. But…

• I’m so pleased with the ending. It’s absolutely spectacular. I’m also excited for Lottie to sharpen her keen in the next book. Beautiful writing and a great plot. 7/10 would read again!

 

 

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