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Series: Katerina #1
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on January 10th, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.
An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.
The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?
Katiya cries a LOT. I didn’t understand how her thoughts were all over the place. How she wanted to get into university to become a doctor, her defiant relationship with her mother, her dislike for the other princesses. There was an instant love connection with Danilo and it was inevitable that Katiya knew she was under a spell. Robin Bridges did an excellent job of portraying a teenager in love or lust in this case. One thing I did notice was the constant swearing in French. Maybe if she mentioned that Katiya was learning French then it would make sense, but there was no mention at all.
Her mom reminds me of Elizabeth Benett’s mother from Pride and Prejudice. Meddling and constantly thinking of getting her daughter married and not what she wanted to do with her life. Maybe that’s a modern day thought process but I still found it vaguely annoying.
There’s too many characters to remember. I had a lot of trouble just remembering everyone’s names. It also didn’t help that there were two names for every person. Some were even nicknames.. A list of the characters and which house they come from would have helped me a lot.
Revenants, vampires and werewolves all in one book? I didn’t understand why there was an out-pour of paranormal and fantasy creatures. Maybe if it was just about one specific creature than I wouldn’t have felt so lost. I wished there was a glossary page so I could understand who and what the characters were. The annoying main character made me forget about what the plot was about so I couldn’t even concentrate on what was going on because of m dislike for Katiya.
Disliked the characters because of their one tracked minds..
Good pacing and a good length!
Not a lot of plot development, which I’m hoping will change.
Overall, I wanted this one to work. It had a premise that was vaguely interesting but it failed to live up to my expectations.