I took my time returning to this series this summer because I needed time to process the last book. I also saw that this book happened a year later, and I wanted to at least attempt to create the feeling of a year’s worth of time even though I maybe took a month to read this one from the second one.
Although this book didn’t feel as pressed for time, there was a ton of character development for Charlotte and Jamie that they desperately needed. I have said this before, and I’ll say it again, Cavallaro does a great job of showing the flaws in teenagers and the heartache of loving as this age.
I think they continue to stay true to their Watson and Holmes stereotype, however, they are making it their own. Jamie is learning to be his own person and to not put Charlotte on a pedestal. He is figuring out his strengths, facing Charlotte’s flaws, and attempting to reconcile the new relationship they can have if he can stop making her larger than life in his imagination.
Charlotte on the other hand is learning to open up to people, not just Jamie. She is reflecting on how she learned to be loved and how she then shows others that same twisted love. She’s facing the fact that she’s not perfect nor immortal. I loved getting to read from her perspective because I think it pairs so well with Jamie’s and I hope that we get to read from her perspective in the next book as well.
This book is definitely leading up to the final book and is laying some major groundwork for future plot as well as helping Charlotte and Jamie grow as characters. I can’t decide if I’m excited about the next book or depressed that the series is coming to an end.