Sever (Chemical Garden, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (US & CA: 12th February 2013); HarperCollins Voyager (UK: 14th February 2013; AU: 19th February 2013)
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I love this trilogy for its mad science, Gothic overtones, and – most of all – the sister wives’ relationship. Rhine, Cecily, Jenna, and Rose. Interesting enough in their own rights, but when one or more of them get together it’s simply a delight to read. The standout character of this entire trilogy is the multifaceted Cecily. An annoying brat in the beginning, but her life experiences have matured her beautifully. She’s a good mother, a good wife, a good sister wife, and a good friend. And to think she’s only fourteen. Rhine Ellery may be the focal character of this trilogy, but Cecily Ashby is my favourite.