Reviews by semartin
If you enjoyed On the Edge, you will definitely like this. It takes place in the same universe, but follows William and a new character, Cerise. Ilona Andrews seems to be taking a similar approach to this series that Kelley Armstrong did in her "Women of the Otherworld" series: keeping in the same world, but constantly shifting character focus. It really makes it seem like this is a fully realized world, and I enjoy seeing different facets of it. As much as I adore the Kate Daniels series, the universe doesn't seem quite as rich as this one. Worth picking up, if you enjoy fantasy.
If you love this movie, you should definitely check out the blu-ray version. The special features alone make it worth it. I especially enjoyed the one entitled, "Becoming Mr. Sherman" that featured a conversation on how Jason Schwartzman met Richard Sherman and their relationship while filming Saving Mr. Banks.
I would say if this has any downfalls it is that the focus is definitely on high fashion. She goes into great detail on each topic (tops, jeans, accessories, etc.) and gives hypothetical shops to find pieces, but the majority are high fashion designers. It does contain many useful tips, such as how to make sure the length of your jeans are correct. If you are looking for a way to start improving your personal style, I would say that this is a good book to find a foundation but don't rely on it if you can't afford designer everything as it isn't tilted towards affordability.
All in all, this is a pretty solid debut novel for an author. The ending feels a bit rushed and unfinished, but that might have been the intention. Looking forward to reading what else Cashore puts out there. Worth a read if you enjoy young adult fantasy, especially female-centric young adult fantasy.
The concept is interesting, but the plot is largely predictable with large swathes of the ridiculous. Not the worst way to spend 97 minutes, but it is by no means memorable.