“In the end, we made enemies with our heads, but we unmade them with our hearts.” – 3.25/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: forged swords, beautiful jewelry, visitors, flower crowns, golden dresses, fires, bad friendships, deep blue eyes, citrines, miscarriages, traditions and cryptic letters.
I really, really wanted to love this, but I was somewhat disappointed. I’m having trouble writing this review because I have mixed feelings about this book.
On the one side, this is a very typical Kiera Cass book in the sense that you have monarchs and beautiful gowns, and all these feminine elements that I will always love.
But for the other side, the pacing in the book is really weird. Nothing happens in the first half of the book, and then everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – happens in the last third of the book. So fortunately the story becomes more interesting with time, but when it reaches that one point, it all happens very fast.
The main character is very sweet and a good person, but she’s not necessarily a strong heroine in my opinion. I also found her relationship with her best friend very weird. Delia Grace is supposably her best friend, but she only cares about herself and she wants to climb up the social ladder, even if it means she has to step on Hollis to get what she wants. Unfortunately, Hollis is too much of a good person to understand that, but I’m hoping she’ll understand who her true friends are in the sequels.How to describe the romance in this book? Well, the romance was… short. And I knew something would happen because I spotted three possible love interests right away. I didn’t think something would happen in this book to eliminate one of the love interests, but I was wrong. I can’t say too much about this, you should pick it up and see it for yourself! I know a lot of people are comparing this new series to The Selection, but I didn’t think the stories were similar whatsoever… but like I said, you should read it for yourself to take your own conclusions and have your own opinions. I don’t think this is her best work, but it’s not that bad either. At this point I’m interested to know what will happen next and I’ll definitely continue the series.