My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ah. Now when I read the first chapter in B&N I was hooked and couldn’t stop thinking about it until it arrived.
When it did & I read more than that… eh. I was underwhelmed. The premise had seemed so good, mysterious and led by a full functioning heroine. I was really down for it.
And then she turned out to be a Mary Sue… and everyone seemed to be in love with her… or like her.. or make her heat and blush,… ghajh.
It’s set in the Victorian era, where magicians are bad and it’s only good to be a sorcerer. Also something is attacking the kingdom. Something which to me felt really unexplained. It felt like a puzzle roughly cut together but the pieces don’t quite fit and there are gaps. Gaps where things needed explaining. I will however be carrying on with the next book at some point to see if this gets fleshed out.
It’s a solid three, and if you’re fresh to YA I would say you’d love it. However having had a lot of experience with YA… it’s definitely in the weaker half of it.