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So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev
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Aug 09, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya, mythic-fiction, series
Read from September 22 to 26, 2011

Writing this almost feels repetitive, because many of the things I've said about the first two books (Eyes Like Stars, Perchance to Dream) can be said about this novel: Gorgeous prose. Inventive setting. Well-developed characters. It's a solid conclusion to a solidly-written series, and definitely a standout in the YA genre.

I did feel a little lost at the beginning because it's been almost two years since I was last "inside" one of Mantchev's books; while her writing style is beautifully lush, it can feel a bit overwhelming at times, too, especially if you are trying to remember what happened previously and who this character is and why that bit of dialogue is so important. I felt as though things were a little confusing in the setting department as well, because this novel involved more travel from place to place in order to tie up all the loose ends.

The real selling point on this series for me is the character development. In this instance, we've got a young woman, caught in a love triangle (btw, love triangles seem to be common fodder as YA plot devices, but Mantchev handles this one extremely well), who is just trying to figure out her place in the world. Bertie's growth over the three novels is so deftly handled and so realistic (even in the midst of such a strong fantasy plot/setting); the decisions she must make are emotional and complex, and as a reader, I felt fully involved in this journey.
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