So Gwenyth has been under the thumb of the Florentine Alliance forever. There are good people like Dr. Gordon and Madame Rossini who can't pronounce "H" and usually brings humorous moments. Among them also are evil people like Mr. Marley, the descendant of Racokszy, a man that keeps bumping into Gwenyth and promises her doom. But now the jig is up. Even after a strange breakup from the boy she always wants to hug and punch at the same time, she decides she needs to find out what has been hidden from her the whole time, why Lucy and Paul stole the original chronograph; the marvellous device that allows The Circle of Twelve to time travel, and all around who she can really trust, while at the same time keeping up with her evil cousin Charlotte and best friend Lesley. In the long run, Lesley and her grandfather Lucas Montrose are the only ones she can trust to keep a secret, but one exposing of the fact that she is keeping secrets and she could be doomed.
The truth is, I'm really not sure if I'm giving this book thumbs up OR down. Let me tell you that Sapphire Blue and Ruby Red both had awesome cliffhangers and I was stoked to find out about these papers Gideon received from fugitive Paul de Villiers, or what was in this weird chest with coordinates that led to Gwenyth's own house, but it doesn't dive straight into either of them. On the plus side, there's no meanie-bo-beanie from Gideon anymore, or at least the one I detest. And also, Kerstin Gier kept my interest the entire time, though her writing can sometimes be disorganized and distracting from the plot, especially during the romance scenes. I don't like overly romantic books because a lot of the times, there is so much kissing that not one kiss actually means anything and the story becomes nonexistent, and it can be a bit annoying when that sort of scene happens in this book. Why? Well, this is the very last book of the series, and it said it would have all the answers I'd been waiting for, no the kisses. If there was an action scene or two during the first 100 or so pages, that would've rocked; I'm sure Kerstin Gier could've put them in. I also didn't think Gier understands how long thirty-seven years is. Originally, in The Blacktop Brothers 3, there was supposed to be a nine year difference between it and Book 2 and I decided to change it to 3 years because it felt too long. But despite those flaws, what prevented me from absolutely hating this book, apart from when Gier knows exactly when to bring up events that the reader is bound to remember and for Gwenyth to forget the weird parts like us, the answers are satisfactory and I had a very mixed reaction with the final battle. I certainly didn't see it coming and it was full of surprises as well as a satisfying answer to its mystery, but perhaps in perspective the conclusion is a little overboard. It made me think that perhaps this book deserves thumbs down; Gwyneth and Gideon just...I don't know if that's a good thing, while at the same time thumbs up; everything in the end was totally unpredictable and a little heart-pounding. So I gave both thumbs. Also, Gwenyth has had a ghost of a friend named James Augustus Something Pympoole-Bothame who died of unnatural causes and I think his part of the book is the best. I could also go into detail about how James and Xemerius could've been the same person, or this fainting that was borderline weird, but I don't wanna go into anymore detail. I could talk about this book forever, really.
I probably would've given this a higher grade if it wasn't a book in a series which had one of my twenty 4/4 seals and if Sapphire Blue didn't have that cliffhanger. You know something I loved about Winter by Marissa Meyer? It was the last book in The Lunar Chronicles that didn't save up all it's action for the cliffhanger while still having a heart-pounding boss battle. Oh, and it had real romance that didn't get in the way. In the long run, I enjoyed myself but there are much better books out there.