download (1)Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

This book was amazing!!! I really enjoyed it but I think that it was a little slow at the beginning. But that was minor and it was mostly to set up the world building and let you get to know Karou. World building is something that some fantasy stories neglect and instead throw some swoon-worthy romance in your face. If you want to know more reasons why I loved this book then you can read on.

The characters were very well written. By the end of the book, I missed them like they were friends that moved away. This really shows how great the characters are. I hope that they stay that way in the next book. I also really liked their arcs and the realizations that they made about themselves and how they dealt with it. It just seemed really realistic to me. I also loved the girl friendships and the forgiveness factor that was in the book as well. It is always so nice to see girls forgiving and befriending each other instead of always being at each other’s throats.

My favorite character was Zuzana. Karou called her “rabid fairy” because of her fierceness and sass. She is someone that I would want to have my back at school. She also cares for Karou deeply and would probably give her life for her. Now that is unconditional love. I hope that we see more of her in the next books. She is just so amazing and I wish that I could meet her in real life. Mainly because she would love engaging in power struggles with my teachers and I would pay good money to see that.

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The plot was very well done and engaging. It kept dropping hints and I always wanted to know more but I wouldn’t figure it out until later in the book. That was sort of annoying but it definitely kept me engaged in the book and wanting to keep reading and not stop until the end. I also think that the plot twists helped. I never saw them coming which was annoying because I like predicting things before they happen. I’m actually not that bad at it. If you read and enjoy with epic plot twists and information dropping that has you hanging on by a thread then this is the book for you.

The setting is captivating. I was lost in the world of Prague and the world of the Seraphim and the chimera. It was amazing!!! Sometimes, I forgot what world I was in and then when I had to go back to the real world I was distraught. The writing style was heavy and I knew everything that I needed to know about the backstory and the world by the time the book was over. I’m sure that there will be more to learn in the next book.

As you can see, this book was amazing and I highly recommend it. The book’s summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)