First of all, this review is going to be completely lacking of any real, specific praise or critique because when I talk about this book, all I can really think about is the feeling I got after reading the whole series.
I don't really think I can say it enough: I love the Gemma Doyle trilogy.Since the day I finished the first book, I've always been extremely attached to all of the characters. They're all imperfect, and I don't believe that they're one dimensional at all. I think that Libba Bray did an exceptional job of portraying them as teenage girls struggling to fit into their society. Add onto that the amazingly creative, magical plots, and I think that's why the series has remained my favorite for so many years.
Now, back to the actual book itself. Sure, sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) it's sort of hard to believe that the actions of the characters are at all believable for the story's time period. Some reviewers seem to be very bothered by it, but I personally find that it makes the characters much easier to relate to. I have to be honest: I don't read a lot of historical fiction. Why? Because I think they're boring; I can't get into them. So although I'm sure Gemma's sassiness probably wouldn't have been commonplace back in the day, I am extremely grateful for it.
If you haven't already, then go! Read this book because it is exeptional =)