Author: Robin Bridges.
Published: January 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.
Sort: Part one of ‘Katerina’.
St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue. An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn. The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?
The person who wrote the blurb did a great job in lying. It might sound like an interesting book, but believe me, it’s not. I’m still not sure how I managed to read this book. There were several moments where I wanted to DNF it, but I was hoping it would become better. So I continued and I must say, the ending made it a little bit better. In combination with a not too bad protagonist: 2 flowers instead of 1.
The main subject in this book is one family who find out about Katerina’s secret and they want to use her to gain more power. The Prince Danilo wants to marry her to use his full potential as supernatural and Katerina is swept away to his family. In the mean time, an army of dead soldiers has been raised and Katerina is trying to find out who is behind it.
It was boring. I liked the begining. Katerina summoned a dead animal and she scared herself so much, that she swore to never speak about her gift/curse. That almost the only thing we get to see about her Necromancer power. I wish it was more explored. The author could have given her any other power and it wouldn’t have made a difference for the story. Katerine wasn’t a bad character. I like that she still tries to achieve her dream: becoming a doctor (which isn’t allowed in Russia in this time period) The problem is that I just didn’t care for her. I felt so disconnect from the story and I was hoping to get more action or excitement. Instead, I got more names and titles, making it even more confusing. There were so many people in this story, some who didn’t even matter, and it made the story messy. I still have no idea who everyone is – I don’t even know who is in charge. There are countless amounts of princes, dukes and other titles.
Luckily, the ending was more exciting. Katerina is practically kidnapped and used in a ritual for Danilo’s powers. They unleash something dark and Katerina must fix it in the name of the tsar. I’m happy that it’s quite wrapped up, because that means I don’t have to read the second book – at least not anytime soon.
Many other bloggers rate this book with 4, even 5 stars, but I’m sorry.. I just don’t see it.