Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
It's hard to believe that so many of my GR friends loved this book to teensy smithereens. I don't know... I'm torn. While it was an extensively researched, meticulously delivered, well written Historic Fantasy with strict proprietry and rigid expectations abound, I just didn't love it. I might not be the preferred demographic though. I am admittedly no connoisseur of 19th century London or Historical Romance as a whole for that matter. I WAS impressed and quite taken with the unique mythology as well as with the quick witted, intelligent heroine that managed to be both kick ass and period appropriate almost all of the time. Another uncommon aspect was that the heroine got to choose her own destiny. Granted, there was no clear-cut good or right choice to be made BUT she was given the opportunity to take her fate into her own hands (mostly) and that is not usually the case with most Coming of Age paranormal stories. There was a romantic triangle brewing which can be hit or miss (usually a miss for me)... especially since the union I am almost certain readers will be rooting for most is percolating at a frustratingly slow pace. The other characters were also done well. I especially enjoyed Helen's relationship with her maid Darby.
All of these factors put together sounds like a book to be exalted right? I liked it, I really did, but I did not love it as most reviewers have and because of this my rating reflects it.