Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.
Wendy has always been different. She was an unruly child hated by her own mother and only grew up to become a sullen teenager no one but her aunt and brother could truly love. But it isn’t until Wendy meets Finn Holmes that she wonders – really wonders – why this is. And Finn has answers for her. Although what he has to say isn’t what she wants to hear, Wendy knows that he’s telling the truth. This new knowledge sends her to an exotic new place that’s more frightening than it is a relief.
Forbidden love. Court intrigue. Danger. Wendy’s challenge isn’t just learning the ways of this bright, new world… it’s also staying alive.
It was hard to write this review without giving too much away, which is why it's so short. I’m going to be honest. I had a really, really hard time getting into this book. I put it down a few times. Since I hate to leave a book unfinished, however, I pushed on.
And I am so glad I did.
Once I hit the halfway point, I couldn’t stop. The story sank its claws into me and didn’t let go. I love this world Hocking has created. The rules and society are different from what I usually see in young adult. The characters grew on me and they lingered after I flipped the final page. So while the beginning was typical, I give this novel a high recommendation because of the last half.
I will definitely be buying the sequel.