My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received an eGalley from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
In a thrilling fantasy that’s equal parts Prison Break and Frozen, Valor attempts the impossible—breaking her sister out of prison.
When Valor is arrested, she couldn’t be happier. Demidova’s prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor’s sister Sasha is already serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family and Valor is going to help her escape . . . from the inside.
Never mind that no one has escaped in three hundred years. Valor has a plan and resources most could only dream about. But she didn't count on having to outsmart both the guards and her fellow prisoners. If Valor’s plan is to succeed, she’ll need to make unlikely allies. And if the plan fails, she and Sasha could end up with fates worse than prison.
This fresh and exciting middle-grade debut effortlessly melds an unforgettable protagonist, a breathless plot, and stunning world-building—and is impossible to put down.
I picked this book up namely because of the publisher. I like Bloomsbury's children's books, and the title and cover stood out to me. After reading the blurb, I had to know more, and couldn't wait to get started! I enjoyed this book, and the story is well written, but it didn't draw me in the way I had hoped. While I enjoyed rear bg this, it seemed to be missing that something that makes a book stand out. I would gladly return to this world if/when the next book comes out, but sadly I can't say this was one of my favorites.