I loved this book. I guess you could label it young adult, but it didn't certainly didn't feel dumbed down, I guess maybe because there are no sexual situations.
It's a fantasy, set in a world very similar to Russia. There is marvelous world building, with different types of magic. But what I was drawn to was the characters, the plot, the setting. There were things that I definitely didn't see coming, which made a nice change. And even though it's a trilogy, it was wonderful as a stand alone book.
p.s. I got this recommendation from reading my goodreads friends reviews. Thanks ladies!