The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
The beginning seemed good to me, the setting was great, it was unique, I was totally digging the beginning. I felt like Eves did a good world building and I really enjoyed THAT aspect of the book and its what did it for me, particularly what really did it for me to want to read it, it was promising but theeenn..There is always a but then
Anna seemed whiny for a lot of the book, and by this, keep in mind that shes supposed to be super unique and all that jazz and will of course be the face of the rebellion as all these books tend to be, but she just didn't care about anyone else but herself. And when she would do a stupid thing and consequences came about, more whining would ensue and she would be like
The book was sllooooowwww, I found myself moving 50 pages and yet.. nothing much had happened. The love interest was so insta-love to me and I just CAN NOT deal with that! There are few instanses in which I can accept and really care for insta-love characters, some authors really nail that, Eves however, did not. The love aspect just lacked, Anna is like.. super in love with him and im just screaming at the book WHY, WHY AM I SUPPOSED TO CARE IF THIS SHIP LIVES OR SINKS. Particularly because she fell in love with a ton of boys and then as soon as she did, someone else came in so its like.. Okay, I know we teens are very much hormonal and all that jazz but seriously, I shouldve tallied how many times she fell in love.