This book, following the trend of its series, gets 5 stars.
1: I was so excited to have Duskya back as a main character again! Although, when the story opens up, I was shocked to find that she was no longer just a youngling or a mother of 5 year old Carryn and baby Darryn. She's a grandma! The story though, is a story within a story. Duskya tells her grandchildren a story from back when Carryn and Darryn were young teenagers.
2: One bit I found extremely interesting was that Carryn pointed out the difference between want and need. I think that is an element missing in a lot of Children/MG lit. I also liked how discontent led to wrong choices.
3: Honestly, this whole series has had several incredible redemption arcs, so to speak. People that you want to dislike but eventually get their head on straight. I like that about them. The power of forgiveness and the negative consequences of bitterness, hate, and anger.
4: Do you know that feeling when the book has gotten so almost tense that you can hardly keep reading. You want everything to happen and you can't hardly wait at all. When I get like that I have to take a minute and back away. I did that a couple of times with this book. The plot was extremely captivating.
5: I am a sucker for good endings, and this book (like the others) was no exception. I think I squeaked. I do that sometimes when a book ends just right.
Thanks once more to Pam Labbe for this book!