I was immediately drawn in from the beginning and was pleasantly surprised. The first couple of pages were not my favorite, when Freya was still at home, but once she traveled to St. Osyth, I was hooked. The author was fabulous at writing sentences and paragraphs that drew you in and put you in the book. Her descriptions and explanations for characters were brilliant and thoughtful, not rushed or weak. I greatly enjoyed Anushka's role in the story and thought she added some colorful local flavor to the story. Her store and occupation added to the story and added to Freya's character as well. One of my other favorite characters was Claudia. She was a bit of a mystery at first, but she quickly grew on me and I found myself wanting to know more about her. I also rather liked the role the gypsies had.
I enjoyed how the author kept Freya's mother as a part of the story by coming back to Freya in the form of a voice in her head. Which later on became Freya's voice. I think it showed great growth in Freya and added to her character.
There were times in the story that Raven reminded me of Edward Cullen, and it ended up almost ruining parts of the book for me. I wish the author had been able to make him just a big stronger of a character, or change some of his habits just a smidge.
I really enjoyed this book and would definitely love reading it again. It is a book I would love to see on my bookshelf, I just didn't find it life changing. It made me think, it kept me involved, and my attention was rapt until the end of the book.
I would recommend to anyone who loves a great fantasy story, enjoys reading about gypsies, or likes to read about girls coming into their own as a person.
Great book. Can't wait to read it again and will definitely be buying it.