Longshore also does a fantastic job of describing the lavish gowns and the Manor which sounds more like a palace. I felt like I could picture it all without it having to be overly explained. I also like that even the characters you think must be the villain and one dimensional are more complex. I never really hated one character or felt like they needed to slink off into the night with their tail tucked between their legs.
If I could complain about one thing its that I felt everything happened in the last few chapters. I would have liked to have seen the ending drawn out a bit more. I really liked that while Manor of Secrets is a YA novel it can really be read by anyone of most ages. I have heard that Manor of Secrets has been compared to Downton Abbey, but I can't say for sure, because I think I'm the only person in the world who doesn't watch the show. If you have read the book and watch the show let me know what you think in the comments. Manor of Secrets is a stand alone novel, but if you enjoy it I would also suggest picking up GILT, Katherine Longshore's first novel, which is one of my favorites.
To learn more about Katherine Longshore visit: http://www.katherinelongshore.com/
Review copy provided by Point/Scholastic