I won this book on Goodreads. I was excited about the idea of A Russian themed book for young people. I must say though the Russian words for items and such sometimes lost me a bit. I feel like the author rushed the story and did not let me sink deep enough into the characters that she had introduced to me. Maybe it is because it is going to be a series and she wants to develop them as the story advances. All in all I liked the book and would probably pick up the next one to see where the characters and their story go from here.