I never know to say in these things. I guess that says something about me. I read a lot, write stories, and like books. I like a good debate. Nothing else is to say. :-)
I saw a review of this on one of the blogs I follow and decided to check it out, along with the YA book that is set to come out this year based in this world. Like I need more books or series to read.
But I too a short break in my sequel reading to this novella. A brain cleanse, or what have you.
This was short and sweet. Even with just 100 pages, I thought the writer did a great job in making the characters real. From the first page you were pulled into the mystery of the dancing girl, and what exactly her story and motivations were, and halfway through you are already invested in her, if not succeeding, because her task seems impossible for the start, at least having a happy ending
But also halfway through the tale...I realized that this story was not Thalia's, but James, and I became kind of sad. What a sad life to have, but her life ended up having a purpose in the end, and her goal was reached.
I enjoyed the back story of the world, and the bit were were told about the structure: the common people, the nobles, the criminal class. The history was told in a way that did not feel clunky and just dropped in,and dry. I twas enough to give the reader a taste and a nice tease of more stories to come. I hear that this is the prequel to a YA book coming soon. Based on this I look forward to it. Totally up my alley.