Now we're at the meat of the story. I like seeing Buffy & Fatih work together, and I like the insight into the Scoobies' heads, like Anya and Tara. The only thing I didn't like about these chapters was the weird Spike + Moruach Queen thing. It just seems really...over the top or something.
The other thing I thought was odd was Buffy's introspection about letting other people lead. That just didn't seem to really fit with the character, especially at that time in the series.
I get what you're saying about ooc moments, I've noticed a few myself throughout the book. It's not bothered me too much though. The end is easier to get through as it does feel like there's a clear push to the finish line at this point, and it's kinda fun!