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Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire, Book 8) Paperback – June 27, 2017
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The plot was the only issue I had, actually. It felt like Sutherland wrote this whole book, and then decided that the ending wasn't memorable enough so she added in half of the next book to leave us on a cliffhanger (it worked). This, I found, was very frustrating, despite the added tension and excitement. Other than that, this book was amazing! I loved every one of the characters and how they've evolved over this series, although I would've liked to see some more of Winter, Kinkajou, and Qibli, some of my favorite characters. Peril's character was spot-on - the entire time, you could really feel her emotions. Although I originally wasn't too excited about the prospect of a book dedicated to Peril, I grew to love her character and was rooting for her by the end of the book. I loved the twist, too, and how it tied in with the brilliant prologue. The writing didn't stray far from its normal humor, suspense, and adventure - honestly, I think that the Wings of Fire series is the best series for middle grade readers. And although this book took a bit of a dark turn at the end, I'll be eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series.
I had always wanted to get inside Peril's head because she is just so... her. But now you can and you can discover the beauty of her character and find out what makes her clock tick. *Cough* *Cough* Clay! *Cough* And you get to see the world through the eyes of Queen Scarlet's Notorious Death Monster.
As plot goes, it was good although there was a big cliffhanger that I won't spoil but will call Tui out for doing that. It is almost worse than the cliffhanger at the end of The Mark Of Athena if any of you have read that. But other than a cliche cliffhanger, the plot is very unique and has that special Tui touch that I don't think anyone else has.
All in all, it was a great book and I loved every page of it.
But these books were manufactured poorly when compared to the previous books in the series. When the package arrived I couldn't figure out what was in the bag because the package was so light. But upon opening the bag, sure enough there were 3 books in the package. These new books are the same size as the previous books, but they weight much, much less than the previous books. The paper is very thin. I've seen paper towels with thicker paper than the paper used in these books. And when comparing the quality of the graphics, the quality of the graphics in these books has less contrast than the graphics in the previous books.
Finally the irony. The new books are published in the USA and the older books show they were published in China. I would advise against fully opening these books near the middle pages because it seems these books will split on the binder and begin loosing pages.
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There are some really big plot twists in this book , like
How Scarlet and Soar enchanted Peril and made her forget about Clay. When Peril said "Who's Clay?", I was just like "OK then, doesn't seem like normal behaviour. Maybe the necklace had something on it..?" And also how she was suddenly Scarlet's BFF again, I was really just like, "Take off the necklace, Peril!"
Anyway, this book is a must read, as are all the other books in the series.