I have enjoyed several novels by Sarah Addison Allen. The best so far has easily been The Sugar Queen. This book lacked a major conflict. It couldn't quite get it's feet under it in the drama department. All great stories need some sort of conflict. There were no stakes in this book. There was a great deal of character development, but all of the characters were comfortable. None of them risked anything major in the book at all. Plot wise this story was lacking.
She seemed fine to me.
Actually I would say that this book needed more scenes from the past in it. Had Allen developed the characters of Georgie and her friends in 1936 the book would have had more conflict and been a great deal more interesting.
The tiny tidbits of magic suggested throughout the book were interesting and fun, there should have been more of those.
A fantastic romp with a great thematic song at the end! I highly recommend this to any and all fans of Gail, steampunk and/or Bumbersnoot. Seven mechanical thumbs up!
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