You know I love a good Kirsten Fichter book, and of course, this newest installment was no different! (Mind, there are slight SPOILERS for Diamond and the other books if you haven't read them...) Two sisters, Diamond (our lovely Rapunzel) and Marta (our Sleeping Beauty heroine) are finally reunited after spending literally their whole lives apart. As they navigate the tricky waters of familial relations, their father once again betrays their trust by falling back into his old habit of gambling. When he indebts himself to a crazy circus owner, the only way the girls can get him back is by solving the mystery of who wants to assassinate the circus master.
As always, the characters were so lovely. This one was different in that there was no main romance arc. I kinda liked it, because I know there will be more in the future, but Kirsten wasn't afraid to stop and develop some other relationships on the way. Also, kudos to her for retelling Snow White and Rose Red when very few people have attempted that, unfortunately. I loved seeing all the little pieces of the original plot that were woven seamlessly into the world she's created. It's always interesting to me, because Kirsten's books are non-magical, and I never cease to be amazed at how she gets those magical bits in there without, well, you know, magic. My main complaint is, per usual, that I want the stories to go and go and go and be longer, but tis only a novella length. That being said, totally worth the buy! Go check her out on Amazon. (There should be a link at the bottom of the post unless I get distracted by something shiny before then...) Another thing that I liked was that I felt there was a more mysterious air to this one... just a tiny bit of detective work thrown in, and I live for a good mystery, y'all. While Diamond or Spindle Dreams are probably still my absolute favorite, this is a wonderful next installment. I just really want to know what story she's doing next! (That's usually at the end of the book, and I didn't see it this time...)