A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause

A Dress for the Wicked

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 h...

Details A Dress for the Wicked

TitleA Dress for the Wicked
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews A Dress for the Wicked

  • Anatea Oroz
    I have to say, I really liked this book. I kinda expected it to be A Project Runway set in an imagined Victorian era, and it was totally exactly what I imagined. The only thing missing was Heidi & Tim, but oh wait, did we kinda have that? I actually breezed through this book. I love watching Project Runway, so now reading about it set in a Victorian-era was really exciting. The storyline alone was very gripping, and it just kept me captive the wh...
  • Maria
    This is a debut novel of Autumn Krause and for a first work it is a nice try with a refreshing idea, but with some elements that did not fit properly.The biggest attraction of the book was its Project Runway's structure with Emmaline Watkins from the country wanting to take part in the single fashion house that exists in a city Victorian setting. The circumstances are dire for her as she is underestimated at every turn and the person she admired ...
  • Kaya
    I went into this thinking, “okay, this might not be that good” despite the intriguing premise and gorgeous cover. The thing is, you have to go in not expecting much. This is a really good book but don’t expect an intense thrill ride of emotions, or a philosophical dive into dragons and dinosaurs and Doritos (I like alliteration okay). But it is a love letter to all sorts of fashion. As someone who literally wears nothing but jeans, sweaters...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Full Review on The Candid Cover2.5 Stars A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause is a book that I had been highly anticipating for its blend of fashion and competition. The premise is intriguing, however this one let me down. The main character is plain, and the plot and world-building feel flat. To me, this book felt very tired, and I was expecting more of a wow factor than was presented.This book tells the story of a lower-class girl who gets c...
  • Kimberly
    2.5 stars.The storyline/villain was too obvious (in my opinion), and I had trouble connecting/caring about any of the characters (with the exception of Emmy's mother).
  • Emily Ann
  • julianna ➹
    This was completely different from what I expected but I also really enjoyed the direction that it went in? This got incredibly interesting and engaging after the main character discovered where she wanted, but I also feel like this book also just... has SO MUCH ROOM to be better.1. This felt extremely incomplete.HELLO?? HELLO??? This either needed to be like, 100 pages longer or have a sequel. That's it. This does not feel like a standalone and ...
  • Tiffany Miss.Fiction
    Thanks Edelweiss+ for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I started A dress for the wicked as a lighter read with not much expectation about it. But I ended up liking it very much. Shocking!It’s a story that combines Victorian era, Parisian fashion couture and dystopian setting. Quiet unique and interesting. It reminded me a bit of The Selection but with an engaging story about self fulfilment and making dreams come true through h...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Emmy Watson is determined to be a fashion designer. She's not cut out for a small town life—either as a pub owner like her mother or a wife to a local townsman. She has fashion in her veins. And being accepted as a candidate for the prestigious Fashion House is just the way to go. After arguing her way into a spot, however, Emmy is disappointed to find that the Fashion House is not what she expected—as the sole country-side candidate, she's n...
  • Jennifer
    This book is sort of a combination between The Selection by Kiera Cass and Project Runway.This book is divided into three parts. It is YA and sort of a dystopia genre.The narrator is Emmaline/Emmy (1st person POV).It is a YA book that to me felt way more like dystopia than historical fiction. The book blurb says the story takes place in "a reimagined nineteenth century Europe." But honestly this book did not feel historical to me at all. A bunch ...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Growing up, the rector of our parish told me, don’t judge people by the way they dress. There can be angels in rags and demons in silk.”RTC
  • Scarlett
    ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This is a perfect book for everyone who enjoyed The Selection series and the world of glittering gowns and jewels. Although, I am not among them and I am not a fashion enthusiast, this was really enjoyable. Autumn Krause's debut work has a lot of potential, it's been a long time since I read such compelling descriptions that painted the picture so well. The story is set in fictional 19th...
  • Cindee
    I really loved this book best regular but different historical book that I have read in awhile. I really loved the characters they were all so well written the ones I liked best were Emmy,Sophie and Tristan. I really liked how bound and determined Emmy to get her dream realized even with all of the things standing in her way. I really liked the romance between Emmy and Tristan it was so well written it was not too fast or slow I felt that they re...
  • Samantha
    Clever premise, but this kind of felt like a first draft, not a finished novel. The character development had potential but seemed to only get halfway to where it needed to go, and the fashion-meets-politics angle really, really didn’t work. The writing also isn’t great, which didn’t help. The pacing is fine and the idea of the plot, if not the finished plot itself, was good. I haven’t seen Project Runway, so I can’t comment on whether ...
  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! This one was hard to rate because it consisted of three main threads, and those got very different reactions from me. Here’s a quick breakdown:Romance: 2/5. It was weak, not very well explained, and bordered on insta-love.Drama/pace: 4/5. This bit was awesome, and the plot was exciting.Characterisation: 4/5. Strong.So, all things considered, I’ve given this an aggregate rating of 3.5 ...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    My initial thoughts while reading the synopsis of A Dress for the Wicked were: I need this book in my life. It sounded so interesting and cool, and for one who loves fashion and clothes I knew I had to read it. Sadly for me, this is one of those cases where the idea was very good, but the execution failed.The plot of the novel wasn’t bad at all. In fact, that was my favorite part of it. Though the writing wasn’t amazing, I found that the desc...
  • Eleanor Grace
    3.5⭐I really enjoyed this but there we’re definitely some plot and world building flaws. RTC. 3.5⭐️I really enjoyed this but there we’re definitely some plot and world building flaws. RTC.
  • j.chestnut
    This book really is The Selection's older, more mature sister. Also, there is no love triangle so it's automatically THAT much better. RTC.4.5 ✨~ ~ ~ ~ ~I haven't read this yet but it SOUNDS like the Selection's older sister and I kind of trash read that series soooo 🤷♀ This book really is The Selection's older, more mature sister. Also, there is no love triangle so it's automatically THAT much better. RTC.4.5 ✨~ ~ ~ ~ ~I haven't read ...
  • Leilani Mueller
    I read an ARC of A Dress for the Wicked. Here is the take of a literature and drama teacher who has a secret, not so-secret penchant for YA novels.This book is about hope, beauty, and the complicated longings that come from participating in the creative process: making something popular so it will be seen versus making something niche that might never be seen. As the antagonist Madame Jolene challenges, “Beauty is not for everyone.” Each crea...
  • Sandra
    The cover is what initially drew my eye to this book. I think the cover really suggests luxury, wealth and being part of the elite. The blurb sets the scene well for the book and the quote that compares it to The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton is accurate. The genres I have seen listed are Historical Fiction & YA, and though they fit the book well, I would also add that the book has Dystopian elements to it as well. The book is set in Britannia Secu...
  • Sarah
    “Of course it’s stressful.” Sophie cut into my thoughts. Impatiently, she tossed her head, making her hair fall over her shoulder. “Secrets always are.”4 Stars — Thank you to Edelweiss for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.This was so much fun! I’ve worked in fashion for 6+ years so this book was right up my alley. Characters: Emmaline was our main character. She was strong and determined. She is completely relatable...
  • Jenn Bishop
    There are so many books that you just want to escape into: the setting is richly evoked that you can picture it perfectly in your head, and there are characters that you'd want to chat with over a cup of tea (or perhaps have design you a gorgeous gown). A DRESS FOR THE WICKED is that kind of debut, one to savor and escape into on a cold wintry day, or to pack along for a vacation and read on the beach. It feels classic in a way, its protagonist E...
  • Nikki Barthelmess
    I was lucky enough to read A DRESS FOR THE WICKED prior to publication and it was fantastic! I fell in love with Emmy and Tristan, and will follow them wherever they go!
  • SJH (A Dream of Books)
    Autumn Krause's debut novel combines both fashion and politics in the fictional city of Avon-upon-Kynt. I have to admit that the first thing that attracted me to this book was the luscious cover. The artwork is simple but striking and oh so pretty. It really made me want to pick it up and start reading. The setting of the book is based on aspects of Victorian London with its class structure and rules of etiquette. It doesn't however fit within th...
  • Melissa Souza
    2.5 to 3 stars!!!This one was a pretty average read for me. I was psyched to get into a book about fashion as I'm very passionate about it and I have even completed a degree in it. However, there were some parts that failed to capture my interest while others dazzled me. Let me elaborate further.Firstly, I found the book to have a more dystopian feel to it rather than it being historical per se. The story takes place in Britannia Secunda. A ficti...
  • *mk*
    This book would have been better if it was gayer, sorry but those are the rules. The romance in this was so...I can't even say underbaked because that would imply that some effort was put in? So little effort was put into the romance, I'm not even sure the author was buying into it. This book follows the path of your typical "competition" book: a bunch of people are gathered together to compete in some way (in this book, they compete by designing...
  • Miss Dramarama
    I rarely (and by rarely I mean once every 50 years) read "Victorian" books, but I really enjoyed A Dress For the Wicked.At first, I thought that the lenghty chapters would be a problem but I found myself surprised at how absorved I got by the Fashion House and Emmy's journey. Actually it's a really fluid book in the sense that it goes to the point from the very beginning and just keeps going until the end.HOWEVERI didn't particularly like the rom...
  • hallie bertling
    take a dash of THE SELECTION.add some PROJECT RUNWAY (if tim gunn was caesar flickerman of the hunger games.)i had anticipated packing this for a road trip later in the week, but ended up posing for a (reading, naturally) portrait today, and it was the perfect book to hold.so i read it in one great holiday day (thanks, labor day!), and couldn't put it down. there was drama and intrigue.my peacemaker/justice enneagram flared up quite a few times.b...
  • Brittany Schmidt
    **4.5** I devoured this book and I absolutely loved it! The only thing I felt was missing was a description of the main character. I didn’t get a sense of what she looked like but other than that I felt that this story was very well done. I will admit I went in not thinking I would love it this much but the concept was unique in a way and after finishing it I find myself thinking this is a new favorite. I enjoyed the competition and it didn’t...
  • Taylor Buch
    I absolutely LOVED this book! I love all the curveballs thrown Emmy’s way and how she overcame them! Autumn left the end open for a sequel but it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger. I am so happy to have read this book and I look forward to whatever else Autumn has in store for us.