I have not read Cruel Beauty just yet, so I found this stand alone book a good peak into the world and what to look forward to in that book. And I admit, I'm horribly excited to read it if it's anything like this book. I'm a fan of any fairy tale retold and this book didn't disappoint. I found the characters well written, the story interesting, the plot exciting. I liked that none of the characters were perfect. They were deeply flawed in one way or another and I loved how Rachelle didn't succeed in her plans half of the time. I liked that Armand was a disabled character (I won't say more for spoiler reasons). I loved the folk tale within the story with Zisa and Tyr. There really wasn't much in this book I didn't like. I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a book with a strong female character and a fantasy world that you can get utterly lost in.