This book is proving yet again why I feel 1st person present POV has the tendency to make the story's action more *distant* rather than more immediate. Everything so far feels kind of robotic. I can't feel Rhine's fear and uncertainty...they're just not present for me. And Rhine doesn't notice the things that an ordinary 16 year-old-girl would notice. Okay, why is it she takes the time to describe Lady Rose in detail, but not the boy her own age? I haven't the foggiest mental picture of this kid. Hair color? Height? Build? Sound of his voice? You'd think she'd notice SOMETHING about him??? Urgh.
Ugh. 1.5 to 2 stars. I'm sorry, but I really just wasn't fond of this book. I'm too tired now to go into all the details...maybe I'll write up a review tomorrow. I just knew things weren't going well when I started checking how many pages were left when I was barely halfway through...