At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
- I didn't love this as much as The Lunar Chronicles, but it was still good.
- The ending is predictable, but I think it is meant to be. Even though I knew what Cath's fate was, I enjoyed the journey.
- I never fully trusted Jest. I wanted to love him, but I just couldn't. I wish he had been a more swoon worthy guy. I always felt like his ulterior motives were hanging over his and Cath's relationship. I just couldn't get behind this romance. In fact, I felt a little sorry for the king the whole time. At least his intentions were honorable and true, even though he was an idiot.
- The story was pretty slow in the middle. I feel like 100 pages could have been edited out.
- This book made me crave baked goods really bad! I recommend having lemon tarts, cookies, cupcakes, and macarons on hand while reading.
- The ending was very captivating and a lot was going on. I really enjoyed the last few chapters. It was everything I hoped for.