Though Pauline's death was quite a downer and a shock for some readers, Pauline's funeral at the end of 'Book 1' was very respectful and a ended the first book on a somewhat nicer note. They took some money and whipped up an impromptu cremation ceremony to honor their fallen friend. Julie even ended the ceremony with a narm charmy version of When She Loved Me by Sarah Sclachlan.
Julie's tearful elation over seeing her sister was spared from being killed by Coumadin and the Wraiths. Angelika tries her best to downplay the mush with humor over it and getting mad over her stuff being stolen, but it's still very touching.