I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was first intrigued when this book was said to be similar to Six of Crows and Les Miserables as those are two of my favorite things. However, I had also been concerned that this would just be a poor remake of Les Miserables. When I saw that the names Epinone and Cosette had been shortened to Nina and Ettie, respectively, my concerns only grew. The first few chapters had started off kind of slow, and I found myself having a hard time getting into it.
Suddenly, that all changed. This book is wonderfully dark, terribly captivating, and full of adventure and thrills. Nina is such a hardcore person, and she is such a fighter. I loved watching her lash out and seeing her get the recognition she deserves. For as dark as this book was, I often found myself laughing at the characters and their conversations. The characters were very enjoyable and I fell in love with them just like I did with the actual characters in Les Miserables. The author did a great job of blending French into the book, as well as describing the settings in all of their gruesome and dark glory. I was never able to figure out how exactly this book was going to end; I enjoyed the thrill of the book up until the very end. I would completely recommend this book–please do not skip it because of your initial perception of it. It is definitely worth the read!