i tried, truly, to read this book. i got through the first section about delia, and even though she was perfectly perfect, it was a mindless, enjoyable read. sometimes that hits the mark. unfortunately, when it turned to delia's now perfectly perfect daughter, petra, i just couldn't stomach it anymore. i like my characters to have a few flaws...in palace circle, the villians were complete villians and the hero/heroines were just too good to be true.