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Final book of the series. Cassie endures her darkest days under the rule of Balthazar. She finds a passage into the high tower, and comes face to face with the shadowy being whose presence has haunted her since her first days at the castle of La Falaise – and she makes an immense and horrifying discovery. At the museum, the last survivors of a bleak existence are barely Final book of the series. Cassie endures her darkest days under the rule of Balthazar. She finds a passage into the high tower, and comes face to face with the shadowy being whose presence has haunted her since her first days at the castle of La Falaise – and she makes an immense and horrifying discovery. At the museum, the last survivors of a bleak existence are barely holding on. And the strange Order of Sister Celia make a chilling decision. Someone very close to Ethan once told him, “When we can fight, we will fight, and when we can no longer fight, we will endure.” With time running out, it is time to fight.


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Final book of the series. Cassie endures her darkest days under the rule of Balthazar. She finds a passage into the high tower, and comes face to face with the shadowy being whose presence has haunted her since her first days at the castle of La Falaise – and she makes an immense and horrifying discovery. At the museum, the last survivors of a bleak existence are barely Final book of the series. Cassie endures her darkest days under the rule of Balthazar. She finds a passage into the high tower, and comes face to face with the shadowy being whose presence has haunted her since her first days at the castle of La Falaise – and she makes an immense and horrifying discovery. At the museum, the last survivors of a bleak existence are barely holding on. And the strange Order of Sister Celia make a chilling decision. Someone very close to Ethan once told him, “When we can fight, we will fight, and when we can no longer fight, we will endure.” With time running out, it is time to fight.

30 review for Music Box

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anya Allyn

    It feels strange to have written the very last word of the Dollhouse Books - the very last word being 'again' (which has special significance and relates to the theme of all the books). I've been blown away by the support and feedback from readers of these books. It's an amazing thing to me to have written something that has resonated in the way that it has. The books began when I was sitting in the midst of the same forest that the books were initially set in (and that they return to). The It feels strange to have written the very last word of the Dollhouse Books - the very last word being 'again' (which has special significance and relates to the theme of all the books). I've been blown away by the support and feedback from readers of these books. It's an amazing thing to me to have written something that has resonated in the way that it has. The books began when I was sitting in the midst of the same forest that the books were initially set in (and that they return to). The character of Jessamine came to me so vividly that I could practically see her there. As Jessamine would say, these stories are just imaginings of the forest. Pay them no heed, for tales become true should you linger in them too long.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Seventeen-year-old Cassie’s forced marriage to Monseigneur Balthazar Batiste, the centuries old ruler of the Castle, filled her with horror and revulsion. She followed on from the fifth bride, Etiennette, whose fate was the same as his previous brides. Cassie was determined to escape, but had no idea how she would – the Castle was high up on a cliff, surrounded by the crashing waves of the ocean, and whose depths contained the Empress Serpent. For the three months of summer, Balthazar slept – Seventeen-year-old Cassie’s forced marriage to Monseigneur Balthazar Batiste, the centuries old ruler of the Castle, filled her with horror and revulsion. She followed on from the fifth bride, Etiennette, whose fate was the same as his previous brides. Cassie was determined to escape, but had no idea how she would – the Castle was high up on a cliff, surrounded by the crashing waves of the ocean, and whose depths contained the Empress Serpent. For the three months of summer, Balthazar slept – Cassie was locked in a cabinet from dawn to midnight, along with many other spirits encased in marionettes – but from midnight to dawn she took her one meal of the day and the fresh ocean air; she also searched, searched for a way to escape her confinement – escape before Balthazar awoke and their marriage was to be consummated…. With Ethan desperately trying to get back to Cassie, the frozen Ice Age was quickly consuming the world. The museum, which was controlled by the Order of Sister Celia, was the only place safe from the inhabitants of the Castle; it was also where Ethan and the rest of the inhabitants from the Dollhouse were – Sophronia, Frances, Molly and Aisha - but not all were there…. The time was passing quickly – in Cassie’s world as well as Ethan’s world their situations were becoming dire. With the search for the second book of the Speculum Nemus becoming more desperate, the horrors were more absolute, their futures were more bleak – it was time! Time to fight their enemies and put an end to the rule of Balthazar and the Castle before they succeeded in taking over the world completely. What a wonderfully, dramatic and suspenseful conclusion to the Dollhouse series. This one followed on seamlessly from Marionette, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey through NSW, Australia, the US and “other worlds”, and feel quite sad that it’s over. The author has an amazing way with words, the way she twists and blends the story, the lives of the characters in amongst one another until we reach the satisfying ending. Though perhaps “satisfying” is not the right word – I’ll leave other readers to make their own minds up about that;) I wish to thank the author for allowing me to beta read this series (all except the first). It’s been an amazing experience, and after concluding the beta reading for this book, I was extremely keen to read it in its entirety. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Anya Allyn’s Dollhouse series; if you are a fan of Fantasy, and of YA I’m sure you’ll enjoy these books. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*

    These endless carousels tell of love and every loss, of every nuance of light and shade Did you live your life as a masquerade? Or live every second, every moment in bloom? When the carnival closes and the music ends you think it has all come too soon But everything will come again, like the phases of the moon. I feel very divided on this last installment of the series. Dollhouse was by far my favorite, and in some ways this book reminded me of it. The castle was a good setting with plenty of creepy These endless carousels tell of love and every loss, of every nuance of light and shade Did you live your life as a masquerade? Or live every second, every moment in bloom? When the carnival closes and the music ends you think it has all come too soon But everything will come again, like the phases of the moon. I feel very divided on this last installment of the series. Dollhouse was by far my favorite, and in some ways this book reminded me of it. The castle was a good setting with plenty of creepy details, just like the Dollhouse. As a bonus, the characters even return to the Dollhouse at one point in this book. However, I felt there was too much back and forth between places here. It's set in both Australia and Miami (in the third book they even went to Mexico for a short time). There's a certain way they travel that just didn't work for me. Also, there were too many characters, most of whom I didn't find very interesting. I think the development of the main characters suffered a little because of all the other ones introduced. I didn't care for Ethan's chapters, probably because I didn't like that part of the story very much (it was the same way for me in Marionette). And can I just say, there wasn't nearly enough Henry. He's so hot and creepy he should have played more into the story. I SHIP HIM SO HARD. I really like the premise of this series, but it seemed to get a little lost along the way. I actually kind of loved the ending though. I do want to reread PARACOSM: Bleath: The Hauntings now, since it has ties to this series and I hadn't read the last two books when I first read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Evey

    How come this is the last book? HOW? I still have questions. I still need more. What is this? I can't take it. PS: a review? What's that?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    The final book in the Dark Carousel series ends with a damp squibb rather than a fizzing rocket. Ultimately, nothing is resolved for Cassie, Ethan, Molly, Sophronia, Aisha or Francis and we are left in a limbo where everything looks doomed to repeat itself all over again. Whilst Music Box is not quite as disappointing as Marionette, it is a close call - this is quite possibly because so much time is expended on the Ice World and the Serpents when all I really want is the dark gothic tension of The final book in the Dark Carousel series ends with a damp squibb rather than a fizzing rocket. Ultimately, nothing is resolved for Cassie, Ethan, Molly, Sophronia, Aisha or Francis and we are left in a limbo where everything looks doomed to repeat itself all over again. Whilst Music Box is not quite as disappointing as Marionette, it is a close call - this is quite possibly because so much time is expended on the Ice World and the Serpents when all I really want is the dark gothic tension of the Dollhouse and the Castle that are found in such glorious detail in the first two books. Ultimately the series moves from a Gothic Horror to a more Science Fiction tale and the juxtaposition of the two just really doesn't work for me. The other problem with Music Box is that so much is simply glossed over. For example, Ethan helps a family escape from Canada into the continental United States, makes them aware of the Reapers and then joins a band of revolutionaries intent on throwing over the New World Order. This results in us being told that they go to war on the Reapers but that's it, no details, no idea of what is happening to Ethan and the other fighters. It almost feels as though the author has written themself into a corner and with no way out chooses to drop that strand and use the shadow paths to gloss over it all. The sections at the Castle are, once again, the stand out pieces in this quadrilogy. Sadly we spend much less time there this time around and it is much of a rehashing of information we already have from the previous books. The only real revelation is the identity of the watcher in the tower but even that is tempered by the science fiction element of the Serpent Empress - although she has been a presence in the books from the outset she has a real impact in this one, even if it is one that feels evermore hackneyed. I was really disappointed with how this series panned out. The genre cross over just didn't work for me and I think it would have worked better as an either or book and that the Gothic Horror was really the way to go as the first two books were so strong. Instead what we ended up getting was a bit of a mess really and neither one thing nor the other. It also doesn't help that we are chested out of a definitive ending to the series, to be honest normally the whole thing being left open for further investigation would thrill me but in this case it just makes me sad. I don't need a happy ending to a tale but I do kind of like an ending, a sense of finality for the characters. My advice would be read Dollhouse and Paper Dolls and then just make the rest of the tale up in your head rather than reading Marionette and Music Box.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Stites

    Wow.... I admit I was worried... A series this intense can't be easy to write an ending for. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. This ending was not at all what I expected but I was NOT disappoint by it in the least. I was on the edge of my seat for the biggest majority of this one. I mean the rest of the series was nerve wracking but this one kept me nervous the entire time. I loved it!!!! I can't wait to see what Anya Allyn will come up with for her next series. Excited to find out for Wow.... I admit I was worried... A series this intense can't be easy to write an ending for. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. This ending was not at all what I expected but I was NOT disappoint by it in the least. I was on the edge of my seat for the biggest majority of this one. I mean the rest of the series was nerve wracking but this one kept me nervous the entire time. I loved it!!!! I can't wait to see what Anya Allyn will come up with for her next series. Excited to find out for sure!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hollow Well

    Books 2 -4 are a single story unit (Story Units are now traded on the open market, you know). And so, for the set I am giving a rating of 4 stars. Mainly because there are a few flaws in the plot which I happily forgave thanks to the creativity of the story in general. Maybe the story was pushed out in a rush? It could have used an editor. Also, it got a bit YA for me at times. Regardless, I really enjoyed the imagination and the peril and the troubles our heroine encounters along the way. I'll Books 2 -4 are a single story unit (Story Units are now traded on the open market, you know). And so, for the set I am giving a rating of 4 stars. Mainly because there are a few flaws in the plot which I happily forgave thanks to the creativity of the story in general. Maybe the story was pushed out in a rush? It could have used an editor. Also, it got a bit YA for me at times. Regardless, I really enjoyed the imagination and the peril and the troubles our heroine encounters along the way. I'll be looking for more books by Anya Allyn!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Whitfield

    This book. My heart is breaking. I don't know what to do with myself not that I've finished this series. It was so much better than I had originally expected it to be. The last book was fantastic. I just finished reading the end and I'm trying not to bawl my eyes out. As much as I wished this series had a different ending, I feel that it fits. A beautiful end to the roller coaster that is the dark carousel series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I usually don't like when a reviewer rates a book "# and a half" but with Music Box I understand why it can be done. My actual rating of this would be 3.5 *. I didn't love this as much as the others but I certainly didn't hate it. I knew there had to be some pretty phenomenal ending for this series...especially if it was all supposed to make any sense. I definitely feel the author gave the answers needed. The bad thing was I was getting confused with all the other planets and other selves. Then I usually don't like when a reviewer rates a book "# and a half" but with Music Box I understand why it can be done. My actual rating of this would be 3.5 *. I didn't love this as much as the others but I certainly didn't hate it. I knew there had to be some pretty phenomenal ending for this series...especially if it was all supposed to make any sense. I definitely feel the author gave the answers needed. The bad thing was I was getting confused with all the other planets and other selves. Then the other, OTHER selves just made me like WTF?!? All in all my trip down the Dollhouse "rabbit hole" was an extremely different and satisfying trip! (Although, nothing compares to how terrifying the first book, Dollhouse, was!)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    This author has an incredible imagination, and her conclusion to The Dark Carousel series was another page turner. Overall, this was a gothic, dystopian, dark fantasy with New Age influences. Unlike Book 3, Music Box hit the ground running, and barrelled through to the epilogue. The series reached its shattering climax, which suited this totally out there story. I have enjoyed the story; however the reincarnation theme flowing through this final book was not my cup of tea. Even so, this author This author has an incredible imagination, and her conclusion to The Dark Carousel series was another page turner. Overall, this was a gothic, dystopian, dark fantasy with New Age influences. Unlike Book 3, Music Box hit the ground running, and barrelled through to the epilogue. The series reached its shattering climax, which suited this totally out there story. I have enjoyed the story; however the reincarnation theme flowing through this final book was not my cup of tea. Even so, this author knows how to tell a story. After reading all four books in less than a month, I've got to say I've enjoyed the journey. No one could ever say this series was predictable. It was anything but.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anastacia

    I cried. Yes I cried at the ending of this fabulous series. it was Beautiful yet mysterious at the same time. this goes to my number 1 favorite spot.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)

    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd MY THOUGHTS I've made it to the last book in the series! This had a lot more going on than the previous books, but I still don't think it was as great as the first book in the series. Cassie is now Balthazar's wife and she fears the day spring comes and Balthazar wakes up to impregnate her. She spends her days locked in the marionette cabinet, her nights outside under the stars. But she's not giving up, she's found a secret location where This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd MY THOUGHTS I've made it to the last book in the series! This had a lot more going on than the previous books, but I still don't think it was as great as the first book in the series. Cassie is now Balthazar's wife and she fears the day spring comes and Balthazar wakes up to impregnate her. She spends her days locked in the marionette cabinet, her nights outside under the stars. But she's not giving up, she's found a secret location where Ettinette, Balthazar's first wife, tried to escape. At the same time, Ethan is alive, but he is in the other dimension and far from Cassie. While the last few books have been lackluster because nothing happens, this book has a lot happening. Almost too much because I wasn't sure what was happening sometimes. The pacing is fast, and some times things felt too coincidental (i.e. a person they know just happens to be there when they need them). Like the last book, we occasionally get Ethan's perspective. He has to journey from Canada to Maimi in the frozen world, but almost all of this is skipped over. We also see some short chapters from Tobias' and Jessamine's perspectives, which I liked because they do need closure in their stories. This book combines many of the elements of the previous books. Many of the locations make a return. The parallel universe aspect is much larger in this book than the previous book, which made it a lot more interesting. There are also quite a number of twists and surprises along the way. I alluded to events feelings coincidental, and that comes partially from the fact that almost every character that has appeared in this series makes an appearance in this book. I do think Anya Allyn has a lot of interesting ideas, though. Really, this is unlike any other series I've read before, and she's created a very unique series. I just wish it was more focused. While I have previously struggled with Cassie's character, she has certainly grown throughout the series. She has been in incredibly frightening situations, and she handles them with a lot more strength and bravery than I ever would. This book further explains that Cassie was always meant to be a part of this mess which, again, bothers me. I'm not the biggest fan of books that say characters are fated to do such and such. I prefer it when they are ordinary people put into extraordinary situations. When characters are fated to do something, it makes their strength less outstanding, because they were always going to do it. Now, about that ending. The ending is a huge surprise and a huge risk. It's the kind of ending that may upset quite a few people. (view spoiler)[ So, Ethan is killed by Balthazar and then Cassie later drowns while killing the serpent queen. The last chapter flashes to another dimension with Cassie moving to Australia with her family (including Prudence). I didn't dislike this ending, maybe I would have been upset if I were more attached to the series (especially the romance). It did confuse me a bit because the serpent queen says that Cassie will remember everything in her life and it will haunt her, but then she doesn't. Prudence seems to though. Does this also mean that Cassie (and everyone else) are doomed to repeat everything all over again in each world? Or is this a world that they will live peacefully in? It is an interesting way to end a series, but it left me with more questions. Also, this is the third book I read this month in which the main character dies, so you know, I'm getting tired of these dark endings. (hide spoiler)] IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was an interesting conclusion to the series. I don't know whether I'm glad I continued this series or not, but, again, I think the author has some fantastic ideas. I just wish they were more focused. Book one is by far the best in the series, and I think the original concept got lost along the way. I don't know if I will read more from this author or not. I kind of want to see if she has any other interesting ideas and whether her writing has grown since this series, but I'm worried I'll just end up disappointed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    A

    This series was terrible. No continuity or character definition. I'm someone that once started, I have to finish whatever it is, whether it's a bad movie, book or a whole series. I couldn't finish them fast enough. I wish the author the best of luck with her future attempts and maybe they will improve over time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Can i change my mind? So...I actually ended up loving this book although I have to admit the ending was nothing what I expected! It was a complete shock, I guess I wasn't expecting how many twists that came up but still it was a really good book and I really enjoyed reading this last one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Crooke

    Awesome! Not the ending I envisaged but totally hooked on this series. You really need to read them all within a short time frame otherwise you could lose the thread as a bit confusing sometimes and a lot of information to retain from previous stories. Overall I highly recommend these books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elyssa Derka

    Great ending to a great series I really like Anya's writing style especially how it changes ever so slightly from book to book. This is a great series and I am excited to read more of her books in the future!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Crys Nieto

    Great storyline I started reading this expecting ghosts and demons, but never would've expected what I found. These books were an amazingly great read! I will read more of Anya's work.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Akshatha Hegde

    I was kinda disappointed with the ending. Felt like the author got bored by this one

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Williams

    Absolutely Perfect I have loved reading this series so much. An absolutely stunning installment of a series that has fast become one of my favourites of all time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Valia

    Just was not feeling it with this book. The previous books were great but everything went kind of loopy in this one. Such a shame since it was a great series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ilene Carey

    Good story, kept me wanting more. Wish the story wasn’t over yet. Although it was good to see where the author saw the characters ending up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is more of a review of the series as a whole, rather than one of just book four. I...I'm not sure how I finished these books, to be honest. The premise of the first book (girls trapped in a mysterious underground dollhouse) is what drew me in but then as the series went on, we started dealing with time travel and alternate universes and gigantic alien creatures. Okaaay. It felt like each book of the series belonged to a different genre; it was that disjointed. I actually was going to put the This is more of a review of the series as a whole, rather than one of just book four. I...I'm not sure how I finished these books, to be honest. The premise of the first book (girls trapped in a mysterious underground dollhouse) is what drew me in but then as the series went on, we started dealing with time travel and alternate universes and gigantic alien creatures. Okaaay. It felt like each book of the series belonged to a different genre; it was that disjointed. I actually was going to put the first book down before I got to the 50% mark but I decided to push through. Then I thought I should at least start the second book to see what it would be dealing with and the next thing I know, I'm starting book three and by that time, I'm 50% through the series so why not just finish it? I wish I hadn't. I wish I had just stopped at the end of book one and left it at that. Plot(s) aside, there were many very glaring editing and grammar mistakes, including a ton of sentence fragments. Those made my brain hurt. Also, at one point, a character named Zeke gets called Jeke several times and then it reverts back to Zeke, all in the span of a page or two. I had to re-read those pages because I thought maybe there really were two different characters. But the most painful thing to read was the dialogue. It was stilted and felt very forced. It became even more so when we got introduced to characters from centuries past and their dialogue was full of words like thou and thy - but only those words. It felt like the author simply used the search and replace feature and changed all the instances of "you" to "thou" and "your" to "thy," but didn't bother to change other words to their more old-fashioned counterparts. I also didn't particularly like any of the characters and so I wasn't invested in any of their fates nor did I care about their romantic entanglements. In fact, I could never understand the relationship between Cassie and Ethan because I didn't see any chemistry between them at all. I do wish Dollhouse had been just a standalone book dealing with the underground dollhouse. That part of the series was very creepy and despite my issues with the dialogue, grammar, and editing, I did enjoy it a bit. I really wish the paranormal/sci-fi plots had been cut out entirely.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Bernabe

    Yes Yes! Fabulous end to a great series. This book lost some of the creepy factor, but totally wrapped up the story in a fantastic way!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Megan Weiss

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This series started out with so much promise but honestly I feel like there was just too much going on for the author to control. While I do agree that there is a sense of beauty in having Ethan and Cassie only end up together in death, I feel as this ending didn't accomplish anything. What exactly was resolved here? The earth is a frozen desolate wasteland. All the other characters are probably dead too. What was the point in all of the build up after four books of intense information and This series started out with so much promise but honestly I feel like there was just too much going on for the author to control. While I do agree that there is a sense of beauty in having Ethan and Cassie only end up together in death, I feel as this ending didn't accomplish anything. What exactly was resolved here? The earth is a frozen desolate wasteland. All the other characters are probably dead too. What was the point in all of the build up after four books of intense information and action just to prematurely end it. It's almost as if the story got so out of control that the author just gave up. Of course I believe it is important to let the words guide you, but some control is needed. I think the author just tried to do too much and ultimately got overwhelmed. If you're going to kill off your protagonist it's especially - MAKE IT MEAN SOMETHING. By killing Cassie off on the last sentence no justice has been done to her character. Her entire being is written off. These deaths were heroic - yes - but done in vain by the author. Also, by bringing us smack into another world right away, and hinting that this Cassie also has a dark journey ahead, it's simply the start of an endless circle. UGH! Very disappointed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ale96_CalS Paola

    WTF DID I JUST READ? Ok, I have to admit I wasn't expecting a cool happy ending, I could have lived with a THG kind of ending with everyone seriously brain damaged but this? Really?! Was it necessary to give us no fucking hope? I guess is the series, I wasn't never meant to have a normal ending but a twisted one, right? That's the actual reason behind the four stars. (SPOILERS) So after all the shit Cassie had to go through, everything changes when that fucking bettlejuice sand worm appears WTF DID I JUST READ? Ok, I have to admit I wasn't expecting a cool happy ending, I could have lived with a THG kind of ending with everyone seriously brain damaged but this? Really?! Was it necessary to give us no fucking hope? I guess is the series, I wasn't never meant to have a normal ending but a twisted one, right? That's the actual reason behind the four stars. (✴SPOILERS✴) So after all the shit Cassie had to go through, everything changes when that fucking bettlejuice sand worm appears talking to her and drowning her, again not her choice and what was all that? All of Ethan's saying of the steel mind or something, is it going to be explore in the spin-off series? Are they all going to have a happy ending? Because this one was fucked up from the moment Ethan died in the hands of pervy freak Balthazar. At least Jessamine got hers with Grandpa Tobias. But now you tell me that my poor dear Cassie is going to die no matter fucking what when she turns seventeen and that this is just an on going cicle?! Excuse me, but give me a fucking break! Not fair.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maryann Huber

    This is the last in this set, each one from start to finish will bring you on an adventure into realities that are fantasy yet, will leave you with the feeling of "what if". The author has managed to take a simple belief that we are all mirror images of different realities on multiple plains of existences, and put it into a tale. You will (if you allow yourself) come away in the end wondering how much of the tale is fact and how much is a dream within a dream. If you were one of the many that This is the last in this set, each one from start to finish will bring you on an adventure into realities that are fantasy yet, will leave you with the feeling of "what if". The author has managed to take a simple belief that we are all mirror images of different realities on multiple plains of existences, and put it into a tale. You will (if you allow yourself) come away in the end wondering how much of the tale is fact and how much is a dream within a dream. If you were one of the many that fell into the world of Matrix and came out questioning what is true then you will enjoy these books. Take the first step with Dollhouse, visit Cassie, Ethan, Aisha, Prudence and of course Sparrow on their journey into a reality that when done will make you think for some time. Who is to say that world Anya Allyn has created is not a truth and we are just players in a larger reality, trapped and destined to repeat over and over again what we do till we get it right.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Noble

    "A dark journey of the soul. A march toward the end of everything. A ride on the endless carousel. Cassie endures her darkest days under the rule of Balthazar. She finds a passage into the high tower, and comes face to face with the shadowy being whose presence has haunted her since her first day the French castle. At the museum, the last survivors of a bleak existence are barely holding on. And the strange Order of Sister Celia makes a chilling decision." It has certainly been a rollercoaster "A dark journey of the soul. A march toward the end of everything. A ride on the endless carousel. Cassie endures her darkest days under the rule of Balthazar. She finds a passage into the high tower, and comes face to face with the shadowy being whose presence has haunted her since her first day the French castle. At the museum, the last survivors of a bleak existence are barely holding on. And the strange Order of Sister Celia makes a chilling decision." It has certainly been a rollercoaster (or should that be carousel?) over the four books. At times, it did feel as the author was trying to cram too much into the series and it did get a little confusing at times. Overall though it was entertaining and I enjoyed reading the series. The ending was a little unexpected but I suppose anything less would have felt too neat and tidy. Rating: 3.5 stars. (Overall rating for series: 4 stars).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily Paterniti

    The first book of this series was amazing. Read it in 3 hours, could not put it down. The second book while not as good as the first was still a great read. The third not so much, but I made myself finish it hoping if I stuck it out I would enjoy it. And now the final book I have to say I was extremely disappointed. From the first story to the final...it was one extreme to another, I felt like the dialogue and plotlines were all so forced and didn't flow together well. I felt like the author The first book of this series was amazing. Read it in 3 hours, could not put it down. The second book while not as good as the first was still a great read. The third not so much, but I made myself finish it hoping if I stuck it out I would enjoy it. And now the final book I have to say I was extremely disappointed. From the first story to the final...it was one extreme to another, I felt like the dialogue and plotlines were all so forced and didn't flow together well. I felt like the author went from one genre to another although the ending was a satisfying conclusion to the series I still felt disappointed at the end because the first two books were so fantastic and exceeded my expectations, and the last two just didn't match up :(

  29. 5 out of 5

    Soraya Bowie

    I loved this series as a whole I would rate it five stars and I'm kind of sad that it has ended for me. The only reason I rated this four stars instead of five is because I felt myself being more scared and creeped out in the first two books than I did in the last two. That was probably due to the fact that the story was picking up the pace and taking place in different worlds. Music Box did give me a good ending, I couldn't have predicted it even if I'd tried. I liked the twist and found it to I loved this series as a whole I would rate it five stars and I'm kind of sad that it has ended for me. The only reason I rated this four stars instead of five is because I felt myself being more scared and creeped out in the first two books than I did in the last two. That was probably due to the fact that the story was picking up the pace and taking place in different worlds. Music Box did give me a good ending, I couldn't have predicted it even if I'd tried. I liked the twist and found it to be a little unnerving. Overall it was a strong final and I'm glad that it took us to the places that it did. It left me feeling fulfilled, even if for me it left out the creepy factor until right at the end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Wow. Finally done with the series, and while things got incredibly crazy by the end of it, it all still felt pretty true to the series as a whole. It kept the creepiness up, everyone had something to do by the end (some more than others, of course), and I thought everyone ultimately had the ending they were meant to have. It was a lot like that creepy ballet book I read last year in that sense: it wasn't exactly the happily-ever-after ending you keep hoping for, and yet it's completely true to Wow. Finally done with the series, and while things got incredibly crazy by the end of it, it all still felt pretty true to the series as a whole. It kept the creepiness up, everyone had something to do by the end (some more than others, of course), and I thought everyone ultimately had the ending they were meant to have. It was a lot like that creepy ballet book I read last year in that sense: it wasn't exactly the happily-ever-after ending you keep hoping for, and yet it's completely true to the story and characters involved. Anyway, not sure what all to say except that this was a great series (if you can make it through the second book, that is!), and I always found it very difficult to put down until I was done!

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