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 plot and setting to this book had sounded so wonderful…at first… however when i started to read it I found myself bored and struggling to make myself read this book. The book had said this was great for fans of Red Queen and I was eager to get my hands on this book, but this book is no where near as good as Red Queen. This book was over the top, boring, lacking in writing skills and I wanted to mark this as did not finish but kept hoping it would get better. It did not. I also was disappointed in the cover. When I saw it online it looked gorgeous but when I received my copy for review, the cover looks like a blurred or over pixalated picture. The author hopefully will improve as her central story idea was great but as I said the writing fell short and felt forced and hurried. She added too much into her sentences making them overly complicated …for instance….
At the end of an energetic discussion, Karolina sprang up. She had stayed nearly an hour, well past the quarter hour allotted to polite calls. I walked her down the to the entryway, where her maid waited.
so, 2 stars from me. Thanking Blogging For Books for this book in exchange for my honest review.