Ooooh look at this pretty cover! The Spanish vibe was strong with this book (though the world was a fully fantasy one). I absolutely had to request it on NetGalley.
Now I read a lot of YA fantasy, and this was pretty much what you’d expect from one. A world where women are oppressed, a rebellion to change it, balls and princes and inevitable betrayal. If you’ve read the Red Queen this is that but feminist instead of magical.
What makes it unique though, is that instead of having one MC doing what we’re used to: unexpectedly going from rags to riches or riches to rags, we get both sides. One sister is meant for royalty (aka Grace) and the other for serving, and their roles reverse where one becomes a Grace and the other goes to prison island to compete in the ‘Hunger Games’. It’s a 2-for-1 deal!
I enjoyed reading it, though I think it’s meant for the younger side of YA (13-16). While teen girls will definitely relate to the sisters’ thoughts and actions, to me it felt too dramatic.
Overall, a great book to purchase for a teen girl, full of feminism and girl power (you can preoder it now as it releases on July 31!). If you’re older and like more mature main characters in your YA (17-19), you’d probably be rolling your eyes a lot, but it’s still worth checking out for a guilty pleasure read (think The Selection).
And of course, tons of thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!