DNF at 34%
No rating for this one, because it's not necessarily bad, it's just that I can't a find single reason to continue reading this.
I LOVED The Dark Descend of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White, I also REALLY ENJOYED the first book in her Camelot series. But it seems that her older stuff does not speak to me.
With a main character, Lada, who constantly "glares" "barks" "seethes" "scoffs" there was not much left for me to do, except roll my eyes, a lot. There's a way to make your character unlikable and angry, but there's a fine line for that character to become a parody of those things.
The only saving grace was Radu (a precious dandelion), but still not enough for me to want to read a 480 page book.
The biggest thing that put me off was how these 12 year olds talked. If I didn't constantly remind myself that they were TWELVE, I'd think that they were at least in their 30's. Also, you're supposed to be twelve - you're not supposed to care about your country's honor, chill. Sure, kids grew up way faster in those times, but it still wasn't believable, and quite comical.
The plot was slow and didn't hold my attention either. The writing was good, so there's that.
Moving on to something more tangible. And less eye-rolling.