The Twistrose Key has been calling for me from my to-read pile. Now I must say I’m even more intrigued–and it’s a stand-alone! Another plus for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love series, but I hate cliff-hanger endings when I have to wait a year to find out what happens.
Great review also, particularly about the creative content of the book–it’s cover, design, and illustrations. I don’t believe enough credit is given to design details. A wonderful middle-grade fantasy!