First of all, let’s just talk about the awesome cover of this book; the contents could have been horrid and I still would have loved it. It is the most sparkly and shiny cover I have ever seen. This book gripped me from the beginning, the concept is so interesting and really gets you thinking, and I love books like that. The way the author mixes together folklore, fairy tales and action is seamless. She builds a world that you want to be part of and feel part of and is actually really cool. She reveals secret after secret; a lot you don’t see coming and you just get more intrigued as you go, the ending feels like the beginning and since this is part of a trilogy, it ends in the perfect place. To me this reminded me of Divergent but less chaotic and better written. It felt gentle and intriguing to read and leaves you pondering your own fears and existence.
The main character was a nice mix of shy and bolshie and none of the characters felt clichéd or familiar. I felt I was reading something new and exciting and let’s face it, that is hard these days. There were characters I felt like I wanted to know more about (but it may be we do in the next books) and I could have done with a little bit more of an emotional rollercoaster. Also, I wasn’t quite sure of some of the character’s motivations and how they felt; but again this could be explored more in the next book. Where this book excels though is in its word-building and flow. 4½ out of 5 for me.