My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I must say, rarely does a cover influence my decision on whether or not to read a book, but in this case, I just couldn’t pass this one up. What a beautiful design!
If I had to give a one word description of this book, I would say “unique,” would be the perfect word. As reading is my favourite pastime and I do so much of it, I can clearly say that I have never read a book with the same plot or concept as this novel.
I liked the way the authors of this book told a story within a story. The main character rules the novel, but the secondary characters each play an important role and have struggles of their own to overcome. At no point in this story did I ever get bored or wish it would hurry along faster.
The character development was good, particularly between the main character and Will. There was tension between them that kept me hoping things would go a specific way, but it wasn’t predictable.
The writing is strong and the sense of place and environment was ever-present. If you enjoy reading atmospheric novels, this is one you might consider choosing.
I’m not sure there is an exact age group I would recommend this book for. The setting is partially in school, but even as an adult I enjoyed this. There isn’t really any reason why a young adult shouldn’t read this book, nor any reason why an adult should pass it up.
Overall, I thought this was pretty fantastic. I recommend it.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, Sourcebooks, and Netgalley. All opinions are my own.