I give this a three because 12-year-old Shannon would give it a three or maybe even a four. Twelve-year-old Shannon was desperate for historical fiction. She longed to figure out how to dress like people of the past -- vintage shopping wasn't a hip trend in suburban Detroit. This book would have been perfect for her. She would have been inspired to create the wardrobe she always dreamed of, and she would have learned more about history in the process.
Grown-up Shannon liked the premise of the series, although it seemed a squeak silly. Grown-up Shannon was disappointed in the writing, which wasn't awful, but it wasn't particularly inspiring either. She was irritated that it took half the book for the main character to realize she was on the Titanic.
This book will be passed along to an appreciative middle schooler for her perusal, and it will then be added to the school library. I found it to be more of a middle grade book rather than a YA book. Interested to check out the next book in the series!
Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher.