A Tangle of Gold

A Tangle of Gold

Book - 2016
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In Cambridge, England, Madeleine Tully is still working to gather the Royal Family, and get them back to their parallel world--but in Cello, Elliot Baranski is being held captive, the Hostiles are working against the Royal Family, and the World Severance Unit is trying to stop all contact between Cello and the World for good.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780545397407
Branch Call Number: YF MORIA-J
Characteristics: 467 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 02, 2018

When we left off in Book Two, Elliot had discovered his father in The World, and literally living right under his Girl-In-The-World Madeline's nose! And about that nose: why is Madeline suddenly suffering from nasty nosebleeds? As if she didn't have enough to worry about now that Elliot has to leave and her mother Holly seems to be getting worse (again). And then she's being asked to help track down the remaining missing royals, only without Elliot's help. Suddenly this fantasy world isn't nearly as much fun as she thought it was going to be in the first book...

While the standout character of the second book was Princess Ko- she's a little busy in this book, as the Jagged Edge Elite did not appreciate her ruling the kingdom while her father was imprisoned in The World- here the standout is Keira, who revealed a terrible secret at the end of the second book and is now desperate to make up for it. She's trying to keep Elliot safe...too bad putting him in with a group of Hostiles is the best choice for that. And to keep herself safe, she has to pretend to be the cousin of Elliot's friend Gabe, who takes to her about as well as someone from The Farms is going to take to someone from Jagged Edge. Watching Keira move to redeem herself (in some cases, for things she didn't do) and move closer to Gabe (another standout character who slowly builds) was one of the best parts of the book.

There is no way to hint at the big reveal without giving everything away (and no, I don't mean that the kids encounter Isaac Newton). All I can say is that Elliot and Madeline are the key not only to bringing the Royals back together but to healing both Cello (and its neighbors) and The World. It's an incredibly satisfying ending to a magical series, and I hope we haven't seen the last of all of these great characters.

Mar 22, 2017

"A sparkleshine of whirldust." (a favorite phrase of Princess Ko) That's how I sum up this wonderful trilogy. The third part is most certainly the most satisfying and isn't that how it should be. The many threads that were pulled out here and there throughout parts one and two are woven together by the end of this volume.

I highly recommend it for its wonderful worldbuilding and the intermittent bits on men like Byron, Vivaldi and Newton. A great cast of characters with some super duper plot twists -- one or two I was starting to guess while others were a complete surprise. Very well done!

Aug 21, 2016

Readers might have had some idea of the big twist from A Corner of White, but even if you suspected it, you're still going to be gobsmacked (and a little heartbroken) when it's revealed. But because Moriarty is so skilled, the big twist comes in the middle of the book and propels the rest of the story forward.

Princess Ko was the star of the second book (and trust me, she's still formidable), but Keira from Jagged Edge was perfectly developed from a snotty techno-elite (not to be confused with the Jagged Edge Elite) to a sincere team member of Elliot's crew from The Farms. Her budding romance with one of his friends (no hints who) also proceeded perfectly.

But that's not the main story. I'm not going to give it away, but as we always knew, Madeline and Elliot are the key to, literally, healing the world, and of course Isaac Newton will be there (literally) to give an assist.

Incredibly satisfying ending.

Jun 08, 2016

I loved the first two books in this series, and think Jaclyn Moriarty's writing is whimsical and electric. My lack of enthusiasm for this book rests entirely on me -- I simply didn't remember enough from the first two books to make sense of what happened in the final book.
I loved the relationship between Madeleine and Elliott and their multi-dimensional worlds and all the crazy things that happen between them and their friends to bring about a "colorful" ending. But I spent better part of the book totally confused.
So -- 5 stars for creativity and originality - 2 stars for reader inadequacy.

AliReads Mar 29, 2016

Such a fantastic ending to one of the most magical, clever trilogies I've ever read.


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