This is one of the best young adult novels I've read in a very long time, it's such a unique book and what I loved most about it was that it had an intriguing plot as well as beautiful writing. I sometimes mark my favourite passages when I'm reading a book, but with this book I found that putting the sticky notes in was getting to be a problem because I kept highlighting too many sentences! haha It's one of those books which is so mulit-layered, the author has drawn on so much myth, fairy tale (the dark and gory versions which I love) and literary references, that I feel its a book I'd like to read again to find the literary references I missed the first time. Some readers might wonder whether it's all going to make sense in the end, the first half of the book feels like reading a book with multiple separate threads, however they all came together nicely and everything fell into place perfectly in the end - plus about half a dozen plot twists! I felt a bit smug because I guessed one of the twists towards the end, but then the book hit me five times in the face with a bunch of other twists in the story I didn't see coming. If this is Allyse Near's debut novel, then she's definitely an author to watch! She writes beautifully dark, weird twisted magical realism and I'll be interested to see what she writes next!