I requested a copy of this from bookbridgr, and the was kindly sent a copy by the publisher in return for an honest review. I really wanted to love this book, and everything I’d heard made me think I would … Firstly – gorgeous cover. And it’s set in China. And more than that, it’s set in a boarding school in China. But unfortunately the story just did not ignite my interest.
I can’t put my finger on exactly why I didn’t love it. The characters were quite interesting and quirky, but ultimately I felt they were a group of silly girls. The teachers were more intriguing, but their part is not huge. I feel terrible for not connecting more emotionally with the undeniably tragic aspects of this story. It should be a heart-wrenching story, but it left me feeling … blah. For some reason I just felt no empathy for any of the characters and I didn’t really care what happened to them.
I did enjoy the setting – the mystical Chinese mountain was atmospheric and quite eery, but again, the setting did not play a big enough part in the story for me. So unfortunately this one gets a thumbs down for me, and a rare 2 stars – I finished it, and I liked some aspects of it, but in the end it was just not my cup of tea.