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An intriguing beginning but not the most gripping
28 December 2019
The premise of this book sounded interesting and I couldn't wait to get started... but sadly for me this book struggled to contain my interest. The entire time I was reading this book I wasn't overly intrigued or interested, just reading for the sake of reading more or less. I still think the premise is good and there is a lot of scope with this series as there is so much yet to be revealed, and who knows, maybe the intrigue will increase as the series continues.
As for this book itself - Violet is an orphan with an interesting past (which is hinted at a little in this book but not really gone into) who gets selected as part of the princess ballot, which is an opportunity to attend the top academy in the world where she will mix with the elit, including crown heirs of the thrones around the world. The princess ballot is known as such as most of the previous 'winners' ended up marrying princes (or princess' on the rare occasion a male is selected to attend). As soon as Violet arrives at the academy she finds that not everything is as she believes it will be and something strange is going on at the academy and with the royals. Violet has to keep her wits about her if she's going to survive in this strange new world, and needs to carefully assess who to trust and not in this strange and hostile environment, especially the crown royals.