Summary: After a failed robbery, Celie is caught and about to be arrested. Until Madame Tussad realizes how incredibly talented at drawing Celie is and intervenes, taking her on as her apprentice instead to help recreate the setting and waxwork for Madame Tussad’s wax museum.
Thoughts: This book was highly recommended by a friend of mine, which is one of the reasons why I went into this with high expectations. At first, I was a little surprised because Celie’s voice read more middle-grade than young-adult, but as I read, I realized that despite how young she sounds she’s actually a clever and observant girl. Which is one of the things I loved about her. The story takes place at a very difficult time when France is divided between the very wealthy and the starving poor. The French Revolution is slowly building up when the story starts and blows up in full force by the end. I enjoyed the representation of the Revolution. It was violent and bloody and I loved how Celie’s perspective of it changes the more she sees. Basically, Celie is a girl torn between joining the revolution or staying out of it and the choice she makes will determine her life and future. I enjoyed this book, almost loved it if not for the ending, which I expected to be much stronger. This is a beautiful story about second-chances and friendship set against a very dramatic time in history. If you’re a fan of historical novels with reformed criminals and daring escapes, you will love this book.