Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Okay, I’m not gonna lie, this book took me a good while to get into. I don’t know if I was just in a foul mood or something, but I couldn’t for the life of me bring myself to care about the characters, and I had no idea what the story even was.
Obviously, given my four star rating, that changed massively.
In a town where young women are pushed into motherly duties, Rhen wants nothing more than to become a scientist, and this desire is only strengthened by the deadly disease that has swept through the poor districts of her town and taken hold of her mother. As the annual all-male scholarship competition approaches, Rhen decides to take matters into her own hands and, disguises complete, enters the competition with her cousin in tow.
I grew to love Rhen and Lute and her cousin, Seleni. There were times toward the end of the book that gave me chills – such as Seleni telling Rhen to win the competition and make the boys regret the fact that they weren’t born women.
If you love kickass leading ladies, hints of fantasy and mystery, and a touch of romance, give this a try.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review*