There are far better
and more articulated
reviews here than what I could possibly write, so I'll just correct some misconceptions you can have about this book
before reading it.If you only look at the cover
, you may expect pretty dresses and assorted frippery.
There was almost no mention of dresses here.
Yes, there were two balls. The first was almost a non-event, and the second one doesn't count because everyone got poisoned
.If you only look at that girl's expression/pose on the cover
, you may expect a huge amount of woe-is-me, or at least some angst.
There was none of that. That girl on the cover can't possibly be Kestrel.If you only read the title
, just at the mention of the word "curse" you may expect some magical element.
There was nothing magical/paranormal in this book.If you only read the synopsis
, you may expect an instalove and a sweep-me-away romance.
There definitely was some romance, but it was subdued and slow-paced.