Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 20, 2022
This book felt quite a bit different than the others to me – in the best way. Our main gal Ivy has been through TRAUMA, and it makes sense that she’s finding out how to handle that and how to try to get back to ‘the real Ivy’, etc. I liked that the character’s experience feels very real and honest, and isn’t a Disney version of how everything’s back to normal again.
That said, I had a LOT OF ANGST about Ivy and Ren. You really feel the divide between them, and at times I had to put the book down and be sad that I truly could not fathom how they were ever going to close the divide between them! And I loved them so much, and I loved their love so much. She fought so hard to get back to him, and he fought so hard to rescue her, and Disney tells me that means something! Ugh.
Ultimately, I didn’t feel like the reconciliation moment was quite enough. I read it, then re-read that scene, and I was a little disappointed that all it took was a silly pool scene and a good laugh and now their rocky relationship and her PTSD are back on track. I mean, I did like it because I love them and I want them happy – but I also didn’t buy it so much because you’re going to have ups and downs in a reconciliation (thankfully I don’t know from personal experience, but still).
Tink is a bright and shiny light throughout this tale! He’s got some surprises up his sleeve, haha. I do so love that man! I can’t wait for JLA to have merch for him soon.
I liked the ending! JLA does a great job of wrapping up loose ends, getting our characters into believable places, and it felt like it really came together nicely. Well done!