This. Book. Was. Madness. And I mean that in the absolute best way possible because while it was madness, it was also incredible and beautiful and had me even more intrigued and on the edge of my seat than the previous book, Wild Blue Yonder, which I didn't think was possible.
We picked up where Wild Blue Yonder left off, which I can't technically talk about so I'm going to try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but I will say it was amazing to be back in a familiar setting with familiar people. So amazing it nearly brought me to tears to see Scarlett and my favorite supporting characters so happy again. What took place following the opening chapters was nothing short of a roller coaster. I thought Wild Blue Yonder had my emotions all over the place, but Devil and the Deep pulled me in a million different directions. I'd think I had one aspect of the story figured out, only to have it turn out another way and completely bungle all the other theories I'd had conjured up. This book kept me on my toes, to say the least, but I enjoyed every beautifully tortuous minute of it.
And now my aforementioned beloved characters. Jude and Michael. Two of my absolute favorite parts of this whole story and the primary sources of humor and happiness in the midst of all the chaos that ensued in Devil and the Deep. I have too many words and not enough room. So I won't keep you here all day while I profess my undying love for them. But I will provide you with the GIF equivalent.
Now Scarlett. I love Scarlett to bits. But this book made me want to shake her. A few times. There were certain things she wasn't telling people, and she actually never got around to telling certain people the certain things and it's driving me crazy to not know what's going to happen. But that being said, she had a lot on her plate in this book, and I understand she couldn’t get everything taken care of right then. Scarlett truly is one of my favorite heroines. I was so proud of the progress she made. She’s incredibly strong and I have so much respect for her and the lengths she will go to for the people she cares about. And I adore her relationship with Luke; theirs is one of my favorite love stories. I admire their strength and their refusal to let their problems get in the way of their love for each other.
"'Being with you isn't impossible, Scarlett. It's essential.'"
And of course, the characters I always enjoy and am happy to see: Luke, Cara, Si, Chester, Estelle, Grannie Cavendish, and Cara's mother. However, along with my usual favorites, there was a surprising addition. I really enjoyed getting to know that particular character better and seeing a different side of her. I'm excited to see more of her in Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully. And although I'm not able to name names, I also have to mention the two characters I'm not entirely sure of. Especially one of them, who I was really excited to meet at first in hopes he would become a part of our gang. But sadly, that didn't quite work out the way I'd thought it would and the hope I had/have for him is teetering on the edge at the moment. I'm still very conflicted on what I think about how those two characters have been spending their time, but I'm incredibly eager to get to the final installment to see how everything and everyone come together in the end. (Vague much? I know – bear with me.)
There were so so many new things that happened in this book that I have so so many questions about, things I can't talk about considering the events of this book have lots to do with those of Wild Blue Yonder. But the things that remained the same were the amazing lovable characters, the stunning writing and imagery, and the incredible and heart-breaking world I've come to love so much. I absolutely adore this series and its amazing author, and I can't wait to dive into Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully
right now; who needs school? as soon as I possibly can.
"...we kissed until everything fell away from us – the folly, the park, the rain, the tears, the fears,
what he was, what I was, what the future would hold. There was only now, and it was ours."
A huge thank-you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.