Bertie sets out to rescue Nate, who was captured by the sea goddess in the first book, Eyes Like Stars. But she meets with a whole lot of trouble and some very interesting characters during her travels. Meanwhile, visions and dreams of Nate spur her on even as Ariel gets closer to Bertie.
Carrying it gingerly outside, she sat the stairs and braced the hatbox against her knees, sawing away at the cardboard until a scalloped proscenium archway emerged somewhat crooked for her haste to finish and set the knife down before a wayward tug caused her to pull an inadvertent Juliet. p.93-94 ARCThere is something so odd about these books. I enjoy them but sometimes I can't wrap my head around why certain things need to happen to move the plot forward. But then at the end, I can see, ah, that's why. I like Bertie and the message that the author was trying to convey was important though it felt heavy handed in a couple of places. It didn't help that my head was in a different world than the one that this book occupies. I was thinking it was the modern day world, but it's not and once I realized that it made more sense to me. So that was reader fail, not writer fail.
I like Bertie and her two guys and that whole love triangle is very interesting since it is easy to see they both care for her and she for them. I still like one better than the other for her though. The fairies are hilarious as usual and I like the additional sneak-thief character and the circus made for a good visual in my head. Perchance to Dream was definitely a strong book in this series and didn't suffer from "middle book syndrome" like some books.
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