Although I am fairly intrigued by the portentous details revealed at the book's end, nearly everything else about Wood's project is too formulaic to sustain my interest. I will most likely not be reading the next book in the series. Everything here seems too...safe, or means-tested, as if the events of the book were happening inside of a snowglobe sold in the Urban Outfitters children section. This is not to say, of course, that there's something inherently wrong about being marketable, however I do point to the existence of five (5!) other books in this series as evidence of this publishing team's true intentions. For readers especially fond of animal humor and Jane Austen.

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