This was not a book I had intended to like. Largely due to the synopsis that is provided for this book - let me just state that it does not do it justice and someone should seriously think about rewriting it. This book had me completely captivated by the end of of the first chapter. I'm not really sure how it happened, but Kricket shot straight to my vivid imagination as one of my favorite characters. For this book to go from one that I was hesitant to read to one that I finished in less than 24 hours is incredible. When I was 95% through, I turned to my husband and said, "You know how some book series end and you can't control the desire to immediately reach for the next book? This is how this book is going to end for me!" Sure enough, I knew I was in trouble when the book ended.
The story is solid, the supporting characters are stellar (baw-da-baw), and the vivid description of a strange new land come together to make one of my favorite new young adult series. If there was anything I would change it would be that maybe the harshness of situations be amped up. Meaning, Kricket, while having a tough life, always seems to get out of binds before anything truly deplorable happens to her, and maybe that is part of the story (part of her gift.) Working with foster kids, I know not too many of them get away from those horrible situations.
All in all, I highly recommend this book for nearly everyone. Anytime characters and settings invade my dreams, I know I've read something magical. This book was magical and I cannot wait to see where the next book takes us.
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