Violet Adams is a mechanical genius; she spends hours in her lab tinkering with useful inventions. She has dreams of attending Illyria–the elite school for scientific geniuses–but there is just one problem: the school does not accept female students. Undeterred, Violet disguises herself as her twin brother Ashton and enters the school to study there for a year. Her days become a whirlwind of studies and adventures with her new friends. Violet also has to deal with her growing attraction to the Duke of Illyria and the Duke’s ward’s attraction to her alter ego. However the secrets of the college are stirring, and Violet and her friends are caught up in the mystery. Now, getting through the year with her secret intact is the least of Violet’s worries.
This delightful read kept me engaged. Violet is an engaging heroine, whose determination and growth really drive the narrative. The story is a grand adventure that manages to balance levity with painful challenges and potential consequences. If you’re looking for a fun read, be sure to check out Lev A.C. Rosen’s All Men of Genius.