Received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.
This is a pretty good new adult steampunk fantasy novel. It was a bit slow paced which is why I gave it 4 stars.
This book follows Wendy Magalena Braca and her new life. At only twelve her mother was murdered, but she somehow was convicted of killing her mother. She was sent to Greenleaf Asylum for Troubled Girls to be forever forgotten. The asylum reminds me of a jail -- little food, living behind bars, treated unfairly. If anything goes wrong anyone can be fired for speaking out or about it. It totally sucked. Thankfully for Wendy she is saved and "taken in" by the guild. They take her in and begin to notice she may be a guild, specifically a Curse Breaker. She was saved from death and trained to work hard with the Validus Assassins, her guild. For her, she has to find her path now -- whether with the guild or "against" them.
I totally enjoyed the action and gruesome scenes. This is a new adult novel so be prepared to read about all the violence, sex and other adult portion of life. The world building was a bit complicated for me to get into at some points simply because it was a bit overly described. Wendy is the epitome of a kickass female protagonist with a dark and dreary past.
I loved the first two paragraphs and how gripping it was from the start and gory.
This is a bit more of a heavy new adult novel so if you're not into dark, gruesome stories, don’t pick this up.