I had heard mixed stories about this one. But the Victorian setting kind of lured me into reading it.
It wasn't to bad, it wasn't really great or beautiful. The characters felt cliché, like the kind of friends that only stick together in books/films. There was not really that much character development either. Besides that, the story itself was OK, and it did trick me into reading the second book even though I was a bit disappointed with this other world.
This book is the first in the Gemma Doyle series
Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book