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
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Elyse
    There are multiple things that I like about this book—for once, the romance was not the focus of this novel. Not that I don’t like romance, but this was just something different and refreshing. I also liked all the fashion and the numerous descriptions of creating the outfits and how there was the designing competition. And one thing that made this book stand out to me: this book is completely clean. I’d love to see a companion novel someda...
  • 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...
  • Bec (Two Book Thieves)
    I'm just so torn about this book.On the one hand, I read it in a day and didn't DNF it, so it can't have been that bad - but on the other, I finished it a couple of days ago and I'm already struggling to remember anything about it to write. I feel as though the main let down for me here was the relationship. (view spoiler)[Not only were Emmy and Tristan such an instalove couple, but they had no chemistry, and you know who did? Emmy and Sophie. I ...
  • Larosenoire299
    3.25/5This book is interesting and promising at the beginning, but fails to keep me engaged throughout the story. As we go through the rounds of the Fashion Competition, with 5 girls having to design and create masterpieces to be judged, we see how each of them has a background that influences their style. I appreciate the premise about a competition to get into the fashion industry , the victorian setting and the character development, but some ...
  • Rose Angelus
    Thanks to Edelweiss+ for gifting me this ARC to reviewIf you read my reviews, you might have noticed that in July, I marked this book as DNF. But I always finish books when I start them even when I'm not enjoying them, in hopes of the next part of the story redeeming the introduction. Finishing this book only raised the rating by one star, but that's as much as I could give it. This book is set in a fictional country called Britannia Secunda duri...
  • lebedeva/ stop killing villains 2019
    I really enjoyed this a lot. This book contains a story about different women - Madame Jolene, Emmy and her female peers as well as her mom all trying to make their way and own a business in times when the world didn't want to grant them any power.I liked Emmy and I felt connection with her. I really felt for her during her numerous time of trial and struggle. Her innocent budding romance with charming Tristan was cute.I was happy to see her gro...
  • kerrycat
    I wavered between a 3 and a 4 star review for this, but settled on 4. I like the premise, and the world created in a sort-of Victorian-ish time and place. The characters didn't feel all that real to me, and the ending felt very rushed. All the same, it did hold my interest, and wanted to know how it would end (all too quickly, and a bit predictably). goofy side note: every time Francesco stepped into the picture (and he does, a lot, as the Fashio...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    The new trend in YA lit apparently is combining different eras with Project Runway. Since I had just finished Spin the Dawn and absolutely loved it, I groaned when I started this one. While the beginning is not as strong, I quickly got swept away as it kept gaining momentum. This gem is definitely worth reading-- a depiction of a strong woman in a time when there were few women's rights, and a story about friendship, hard work, creativity and sac...
  • Georgi
    4.5 STARS!