There's something haunting and slightly dreamlike about the title and cover art of this book. At times, that's almost the tone achieved in the writing. At other times, not so much. Unfortunately, this created a problem for me. I never quite felt like a part of the story. Instead of being a participant in the action, I was following along as a spectator, never quite connecting or having any emotional investment in the characters.
Another problem I had, occasionally the prose was overwrought. Conversations between Percy and Alexi became bogged down and I just wanted a scene to be over.
Finally, as a heroine, Percy came across as timid and weak. Yes her appearance was unusual and she had to deal with a lot of stares and whispers. But sometimes I just wanted to shake Percy and, stealing Alexi's line, tell her to "Stop apologizing!"
I wanted to love the book more than I actually did. The concept was interesting , but I would have liked to have seen more of the other members of the Guard. Overall, I liked it enough to give it another chance and try the second book in the future.