Oh, this one caught my attention. Something about Charlie and Tobias. Charlie, princess. Dressed in rags and fed on scraps. She runs around with barely any education and no idea of what being a princess means. She is ill-treated by the servants and I was initially just so surprised at this treatment until I understood that the housekeeper had it in for her. Charlie has to deal with the loss of her mum, dead or alive, no one knows. And her father who has become lost in his mind, obsessed with building castles of cards and unable to rule. There is a war brewing and unrest is rampant throughout the kingdom. And then there is Tobias, the gardner's boy who gets mixed up with Charlie and revolution. Their somewhat uncomfortable alliance, shaken to its core when it is revealed that Tobias is in fact the son of Charlie's greatest enemy, has a chance to be a real friendship and I am really excited to read the sequel.
I am sorry that this review does not do the book justice, but I am exhausted. Suffice to say, it is recommended.