Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication date: July 2015
Summary (from goodreads):
Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate... or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.Things I Liked:
This was a fun fantasy tale. I liked the Dacia and Lou, though I got annoyed on a number of occasions with one or both of them. I really liked the unique Romanian setting - I had a chance to visit the Czech Republic a few years ago and it felt a lot like what I remember of that trip. Also, my sister spent some time in Romania, so I feel like I have a little connection to it (but not really). Either way, it was different and that in and of itself kind of recommends the book to me. It did kind of disappoint in a few ways, but overall, I enjoyed it. It felt rather empowering for the young ladies too.
Things I Didn't Like:
I felt like something was lacking, not sure I even know or understand what. I do know, that a month or two later, I don't remember quite how it ends. It did seem rather vague and quickly resolved near the end. Still, I do know I enjoyed it.
Hm, I am drawing a blank...
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a little bit of action
Overall rating: ***