Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens’
Dacia and Lou Florescu are New York society girls in the 1890s. When they return to their Romanian homeland, they discover family secrets and prophecies involving their own identities.
This was one of those books that made me come over all obsessive, because I was intrigued to work out what was so special about the Florescu girls. At first I was a bit concerned that they'd be flighty, nineteenth century stereotypes. As the novel progressed, both characters grew and developed in a very believable way.
I loved the idea of putting a paranormal YA in a historical context. It felt really fresh, and created an appealing, Gothic Gossip Girl feel. Jessica Day George visited Romania to research this book, and her knowledge of the area definitely came through.
The novel’s descriptive style was beautiful, with enough nineteenth century language touches to make it feel authentic. There was an appealing feeling of decadence, with beautiful gowns and several gorgeous love interests!
In places I found the novel a little predictable, but I really enjoyed the journey with the characters. This is a great summer read, and delightfully indulgent escapism!
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