I wasn’t really sure what I to expect when I started this book. I’d read a lot of mixed reviews before I had even started it, so I was trying to be as fair as I could be and not think about any of those reviews while I was reading.
When I started the book, I was pulled into the story immediately. It was a well crafted tale, clearly well thought out, and attention was paid to detail and world building. I truly felt like I was in the story. I cared for the characters, especially the relationship between Elizabeth and John. I normally hate insta-love relationships, but I felt like the author really did a good job in creating a nice, slow-developing (well, as opposed to many of the other books I’ve read) relationship between the two. The story was original (although I did hold my breath in the beginning, because I was concerned about seeing elements from other books wrapped up in this one – I didn’t), and the characters definitely likeable, and, unlike in many other books I’ve recently read, had a lot of traits and feelings that made you feel attached to them.
I read this book in a pretty short time period and was really sad when it was over. The story was addicting and for me, this book was a real page turner. I felt like the ending could have been drawn out a bit more than it was (then again, I feel that way about all books I truly love), because it felt like it was rushed…but I guess that just leaves me wanting more for the next installment in this awesome young adult fantasy series…and I definitely cannot wait for that next book!
Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.