My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh dear, this book was so much better than I had anticipated. The rating might be slightly inflated, but we will get to that.
I got this book in my ShelfLove Crate a couple months ago and really approached it with no expectations. In fact, I thought it would be average at best. The dust jacket overview was not that captivating for me and I didn't expect to really like it.
In fact, as I started reading, and it started a little slow, I really didn't have great expectations. I considered putting it down about 20 pages in because I didn't really care.
However, HOWEVER, I kept reading and somewhere around a 1/3 of the way through the book, I was hooked. All of the sudden the book was exciting, there was so much going on, so many little mysteries ... I was actually shouting at the book, don't do that. But I digress.
The Good: I loved Jules from the moment she left home. Her internal dialogue is a little immature for my taste, but other than that she is fierce and loyal which I admire in a teen protagonist. I liked how the danger and past were more hinted at and shrouded in mystery rather than overt, as is the issue with many YA novels today.
I also enjoyed the expanded world-building that happened throughout the book. I tend to get bored when all the world is built in the first few chapters, distracted by looking for character development and plot.
The Bad: I would have liked deeper secondary characters. I feel like I know a lot about Jules, but everyone else is a little flat for me. Most readers probably won't have a problem with this, but characters are my favorite part :D
The beginning was SLOW, like I almost put the book down slow. I don't know if I was just distracted or what. But stick with it if you feel like that too.
What next? I'll definitely read the next book in the series. I wish it were coming soon ... I don't think there is even a release date yet. Alas!