Synopsis: Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Shy in Avon-upon-Kynt. And for eighteen years, Emmaline Watkins has feared that her future held just that: nothing.
But when the head of the most admired fashion house in the country opens her prestigious design competition to girls from outside the stylish capital city, Emmy’s dreams seem closer than they ever have before.
As the first “country girl” to compete, Emmy knows she’ll encounter extra hurdles on her way to the top. But as she navigates the twisted world of high fashion she starts to wonder: will she be able to tailor herself to fit into this dark, corrupted race? And at what cost?
A Dress for the Wicked took fashion to a whole new and almost toxic level. I loved the premise and harshness of this beautiful world. It had an amazing mix of historical, competitiveness, dystopian, romance, and fantasy all mixed into one.
The fact that an older world placed such an emphasis on fashion and beauty was refreshing. I adored this aspect of the world. These lady competitors are held to the upmost standards and actually respected for even making the competition. To be dressed by the best is all that seems to matter in this world, at least if you live in the city.
The only thing I wanted more from was the romance aspect. I’m not sure if it needed more development or just that the two felt disconnected. I was happy that there was some present and Emmy had someone to interest her like Tristan but I just couldn’t get fully engrossed in it. It somewhat felt forced.
Overall, this was such an exciting read and so different from other stories I have read. A Dress for the Wicked really kept my interest throughout and I would highly recommend it!