A little bland in places, but still a pretty enjoyable read.
I really liked the setting. Imperial Russia is just fascinating to me. I liked the way the city and the culture were described and the way the author developed all the relationships.
I didn't care for all the fainting the heroine did and some of the dialogue did not strike me as authentic.
If you liked Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series, you'll probably like this book. It reminded me of it a lot.
Oh, and George was great. love him.