I have been waiting for the conclusion of the Magic in Manhattan trilogy for nine months, and now it’s finally here! The plot picks up after the events of Starcrossed. Ace and Rory and their supernatural friends are still trying to stop the big villains before they unleash utter destruction on the world. This probably doesn’t make sense if you haven’t read the rest of the series, but I’m keeping the details vague so as to not spoil the first 2/3 of a trilogy.
But for those of you who have read the other books, Wonderstruck is an absolute treat. Rory is still as grumpy as ever, and some of the funniest scenes involved defending slights—both real and perceived—against his beloved Ace. As Rory would say, this book isn’t just mushy lovey dovey stuff: there’s plenty of action and a couple of real close moments where you aren’t sure if everybody is going to come out okay.
Rory and Ace’s romance is still as strong as ever. Despite their differences, they find a way to be together, even if they can’t show affection in public. I loved the way that Therin found new ways to show how special Ace and Rory’s bond is. As with the other books, the love scenes tend to be at about a PG-13 level, which fits perfectly with the book’s dynamic.
Therin has created this fascinating and compelling alternate 1920s world. I thought I was familiar with the artefacts and the supernatural abilities, but this book provided me with a fresh perspective, demonstrating that there are undiscovered facets.
I would absolutely recommend Wonderstruck. Like I said, you need to read the first two books before this one; otherwise, you won’t know what’s going on and you’ll spoil so many plot twists and just take it from me: read the series in order. I’m a bit—okay, more than a bit—sad that the series is coming to an end. I hope this isn’t the end of the Magic in Manhattan world because there are plenty of side characters who I would love to see become protagonists. Rory and Ace are one of my favorite couples, and even though their HEA has been achieved, I hope we can still have new stick figure memes in the future. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then follow Therin on Twitter or Instagram and be prepared to laugh.
I received an ARC of this book from Carina Press/NetGalley.