Review: A Dress For The Wicked

A Dress For The Wicked by by Autumn Krause

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: August 6th, 2019
Pages: 400
Date Read: March 1st, 2020
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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?

I really enjoyed this! I have never read something solely focused on the making of clothing and it was a blast. I love descriptions of clothing and scenery in books and this had a lot of that! It discusses fabrics and colors and has beautiful analogies for the way the dresses look. Krause’s writing is just so beautiful and vivid, and it really draws you in to the story.

Another thing I love to read about is competitions. A Dress For The Wicked has a very project runway type competition going on and it was so much fun to read. The main character has to deal with sabotage, petty competitors, and a cruel judge. I love the different challenges and the design process was so intriguing! The overall plot was basically the challenge and the idea that a small town nobody could make it in high society fashion world. I enjoyed the fact that I’ve never really read something quite like it, but it still felt fun and familiar.

The romance wasn’t my favorite, but I did like the friendships that were built. The romance was a very small portion and it felt kind of thrown in there and a bit pointless. The friendships though were developed slowly and actually had a lot of meaning. They were realistic in the sense that they aren’t perfect friendships. They started off disliking each other, but built a friendship on respect and eventually helped each other build into more than what they started as.

While I didn’t love the ending, I still thought it was well executed and honestly I wish there was another book. I would love to read more out of this world, or even more books like this. I now have a slight obsession with fashion? So if you know of any books similar to this one, please let me know. Help feed my new addiction!

Sorry for the lack of posts these past couple days! I had a day of being really overwhelmed with things going on, and then a day of yard work and cleaning. Hopefully this short review wasn’t too bad, and I hope you’re staying safe and healthy! Until next time, Happy Reading 🖤


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