I enjoy magic and the Victorian time period this was set in so I'm not sure why I didn't fall totally in love with this book. Some of the language was very much present day as were some of the mannerisms. Percy read like a typical virginal damsel from just about any 1970's era bodice ripper you might pick up. But then Percy and Griffin began to talk and I discovered I liked them. I liked them enough to overlook the monsters. Okay, the monsters were horrific, bloodthirsty fiends and certainly not silly, but monsters, come on! And the nick name. " Ival". My mind pronounce it "Evil" and suddenly I had a visual of Mike Myers with his pinkie up to his mouth. Way to rip me out of the story. But surly a personal problem on my part. Overall, this was a pleasant read and I'm sure it will be a pleasant series. I'm looking forward to a Percival without the baggage.