So I'd been watching this book online, mostly because it was recommended for Ally Carter fans. I adored it's cover, but I wasn't a huge fan of it's description, I didn't really want to buy it for Kobo, but I also didn't want to order it and have it shipped either. So I was sort of stuck. But then I saw it in person, at the bookstore, and it just sort of called to me. For whatever reason, I really wanted to read it. I got it (obviously), and am I ever glad that I did! I will have owned it for two weeks on Wednesday, and I've already read it twice. It's got that same, first person but past tense writing style that the Gallagher Girls books did, which I for whatever reason find to be the style that I enjoy a lot. There was I think one point where if it had been a movie, I would have shut my eyes, but I was reading, so I couldn't. Nothing actually happens, but it was still awkward. And that ending! I did not see that coming. I liked the author's world building, but the Circle would have sounded more realistic if she hadn't brought in the details about how WW1 and WW2 were caused by the various families. I had totally bought into the whole idea of the Circle by the time she brought it up, and it just felt like overkill. Other than that, the world-building was immaculate. Do I recommend this book? Most definitely, but only to those who are willing to suspend reality for a little while in order to get into it. If what you want right now is a book that isn't going to bend history (and how the world works), and stays within the realm of the possible, then this isn't for you. If you're okay with unrealistic fiction (which is quickly approaching being my favourite genre), then come, join the club, and once you've read it, we can freak out over the ending, and the fact that there isn't even a Goodreads page for the second one yet, so we don't know when we'll get to find out what happens.
PS- Sorry that this is late. It was supposed to be up yesterday, but I decided to get my homework that was due today done instead. I like you guys, but not enough to sacrifice my grades over it.