To be honest, one of the main reasons I liked this book is because of the cute romance. I’m a sucker for it, and it just makes me go “Awwww…”, or something of the sort. Gage and Summer’s relationship is just so endearing, with Gage supporting Summer through almost every hardship and always understanding her – it seemed like a perfect relationship. However, how Gage was portrayed is also one of the slight problems I had with Phantom Universe. He seemed to good to be true, especially with his ranking as a Lieutenant. Nevertheless, it was cute to see how Gage helped Summer survive and eventually regain her voice.
However, I also admired Summer’s strong bonds with Landon and Jaden. Their friendship was remarkable and reasonably developed throughout the story. They supported Summer as much as Gage did, if not more.
The plot was well written – it had its peaks of excitement and moved along pretty quickly. My only complaint is that *spoiler* Summer’s rescue from the Secret Clock Society seemed to easy for the characters to go through. They encountered almost no problems, if not none. In addition, Gage’s relationship with Summer seems too good to be true, and developed relatively quickly. Finally, the regaining of her voice also seemed oversimplified. After all those years, how was it so easy for her to shout (not whisper, or simply say, shout) *end spoiler*. However, the romance probably pulled me in so successfully, I loved this book anyways.
Despite my various problems with the plot and Gage, I’ll probably be reading the next book, Forsaken Harbor. It’s mainly because I’m curious to find out what happens to Julian, after he says *spoiler* Why did you make me love her? (Summer) *end spoiler*.
I recommend this book to teens (mostly females) who are looking for a (free!) read who like romance and a bit of fantasy, for the romance is pretty endearing c:
(review of free book)