Top critical review
5 July 2016
I have mixed feelings about this book. For the first part, I kept wanting him to hurry up and tell me what happened in the house. Once he had, I found it more enjoyable! But then, I don't like it when people beat around the bush, so it could just be that which bugged me.
Another reason for only three stars is that I like a lot of detail in the books that I read, and this didn't have quite enough for me. Not just descriptions of places, but the thoughts and emotions that go on inside characters' heads, expressions on their faces and their companions when talking to people - that sort of thing. I like to feel like I'm there, not just like someone is retelling the story and skipping over those details. I felt some of Alina's scenes could have been far more compelling and real if the author had added more detail.
Other than those things, I enjoyed the book and found myself wanting to know what happened.