This book had me gripped. I couldn't stop reading. America reminded me of Katniss when she is thrown into a world of glamour. She doesn't want to be there and she doesn't want to loose herself among all the jewels. I liked America, she wants to appear strong to the people around her but inside she concealing a lot of suffering.
Some parts of the plot were more predictable than others, I don't want to spoil anything but life at the palace isn't quite as safe as you might expect. Also the absence of any real history books make you wonder about the past ( in this book there has been 4 world wars ). There are things mentioned that I think will make the plots in the following books more complex.
My favorite parts of the books were the dresses and the scenes with only Maxon and America. I'm a girl, I can't help loving glamour and a possible love interest. I imagine for those very reasons that this book probably would appeal to more girls than boys. But boys, give it a go anyway you might end up loving it!
When I picked up this book, I didn't expect to like it (or at least like it as much as I did). I was dubious, from what I could tell the plot was just a girl becoming a princess. It just seemed simple. And yes, this isn't the most wonderfully written book in the world but it is addictive. It's a guilty pleasure kind of book. For me this book is like the Vampire Academy books, they are like soaps or reality TV shows. You can sit and marathon them all in a couple of days.
On Goodreads I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.