The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When a book opens with a Gormenghast-esque feel (Tradition? rituals without current meaning? etc) it's great... but then, no follow-up. Once we got past that start, and the lack of a castle like Titus Groan roams, it's a relatively ordinary story about a girl fighting her role in life, then accepting it and "growing into herself". Oh, and a love triangle.