If my book group wasn't reading this, I wouldn't have finished it. When the 10 of us met to discuss it the comments ranged from very positive to very negative, and everything in between. I had to read over 100 pages before the plot kicked in. And even then, I kept falling asleep as I was reading. While main character January is influenced by several early-twentieth-century fiction: boys’ adventure stories, serialized novels, and story papers, I felt that the author could have included "The Wizard of Oz," "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," "Alice in Wonderland," and "Peter Pan" as stories January would have read and alluded to in this Young Adult fantasy that takes place primarily in 1911.
It's funny how I wanted to help the author with this book. I would have organized it better so it wouldn't be so confusing. And edited it to avoid the repetitive descriptions. This was a debut novel and maybe her next one will be better.
I was disappointed. I expected to like it but it just didn't work for me. Didn't like the characters, the concept, the writing. The best thing about the book was the cover art. I can't recommend this.