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There were a few times the writing seriously bordered on pretentious for me. I liked it and overall I was impressed, but it tried a little too hard to be all gothic-y at times. It took itself very seriously. Which I suppose fit into the whole academia theme, but it wasn't in a self-observant, ironic way. It was in an unintentional way that just came across as trying to hard. However, that complaint is minor compared to the fact that the author has an original voice, likable characters, and a great plot. The "trying too hard" complaint is just a nit-pick really. Overall I can safely vouch that the author has talent.
As far as entertainment is concerned, this one was on the mark for me. I loved the academic setting, I loved the precocious main character (who was just odd enough to be interesting without becoming obnoxious), I loved her teacher (even though I felt old when I realized he's supposed to be my age), and I loved the secret society aspect of the plot. I read it quickly and I don't think it's a particularly difficult book, but it's also not light. It is a page-turner and it'll keep your interest.
I recommend it, particularly to those who like a good mystery, secret-society type books, or books with a prep-school setting.
Thanks to TLC for including me in the tour. Click here for a full list of tour participants.
TLC and the publisher are also providing a giveaway copy to one of my blog readers. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and be a US or Canadian resident (sorry internationals). Bonus entry if you're a follower of the blog (please note in your comment).