Friday, September 7, 2012

The Doldrums and The Dregs

So, remember a few days ago I reviewed the first book in this new young adult trilogy, The Gloom? Well I finally finished the other two in the span of one afternoon because they were that good. Let's do them one at a time.

The Doldrums
The Doldrums: Book Two of The Gloom Trilogy
Over the past year Poppy has made many trips back into Winsome, catching up with the friends she’s made. On the anniversary of her first visit to the kingdom, a gala is cut short when Augusta’s aide, Benny, is found gruesomely injured, and Poppy’s friend, Annie, has been abducted and taken into the mysterious goblin caves known as the Doldrums. Poppy decides that she must travel into the elaborate mountainside maze to rescue her friend and halt the efforts of an old adversary.

I can't tell you how much I like Poppy. For a teenage girl she is head strong and stubborn, but she's at least smart. She thinks through things logically and she always ends up being right. So basically, she's kind of like me. (HA!) 

What I appreciate about these books and Piper Kelley as a writer is that these books are to the point, succinct, well written, and entertaining. There is no unnecessary fluff just to add pages and the story moves at a fantastic pace. What I also loved is how Piper describes the Doldrums, where the goblins live, because it sounds creepy. I love all of the characters that Poppy comes across, and I was hoping for the possible romantic relationship between her and Brady would bloom. And can I just say- the game changer in regards to Benny? Holy balls. 

The Dregs
The Dregs: Book Three of The Gloom Trilogy
Since her first adventure into Winsome, Poppy has encountered magic and power greater than she had ever imagined. But, what will happen when evil finds its way into the human world? In this exciting final installment of The Gloom Trilogy, Poppy finds herself in the Dregs, a run-down industrial park with danger lurking around every corner. Somewhere hidden in this wasteland of factories and warehouses is an old foe of Winsome, who has eluded her twice before. Here, Poppy must put an end to this terrible force for once and for all, before both Winsome and the human world fall victim to her enemy’s dreadful magic.

OK, let's just get to it- LOVED it. I'm just going to personally thank Piper for giving this trilogy a fitting finale. Truly. Every loose end in the entire trilogy is closed up. We find out what happens to Poppy in her fairy versus human family, we find Howard and his family again (yay!), we have a great, action filled ending. And I can't tell you whether the enemy is defeated, whether Poppy stays in the human world or the fairy world, does her mom reconcile with her dad (so glad this story line was put in there, by the way), and what happens with Brady. I can't tell you any of that without spoiling it for you. 

But part of me kind of hopes that there is more. I know it was only meant to be a trilogy, but I'd like to see Poppy in say... 5 years. What happens to Poppy within the royal family she comes from? What about her and Brady? 

So here's what I'm saying: Get this trilogy. You will like all three books and if you're an avid reader like me, you can probably get the entire trilogy done over the course of a weekend. I absolutely encourage you check out Piper Kelley- I look forward to her future books because she is a fabulous talent that will only get better. 

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