Holy whoa.I had a difficult time getting into this book, but once I got past that stumbling block and really settled into the book, I could only hold on and go for the ride with Cherry.And boy, was it a ride. The entire cast of characters is AMAZING and so very rich. I, for one, swoon for the sweet tooth, the other big bad collector. (What does that say about me? Moving on...)I also swoon for Hawke. And the earl. And Teddy. OH FINE. I love them all, for different reasons. The world is absolutely lovely - okay, it's absolutely horrible and miserable, but lovely for it. Karina's worldbuilding and description is thoroughly well done. I was on the edge of my bed through the last half of the novel, and I am anticipating the second book in this series on tip toes.