This YA novel has a fascinating magical world, which held my full attention.
My only minor complaints are that the writing leaves a bit to be desired. It’s definitely not awful, just sometimes distracting. There is a bit too much telling for me, as well as stating the obvious, which is unnecessary, because readers aren’t stupid.
I also think the characters are underdeveloped and fail to grow like they should. And then there’s the insta-love (which I’m not opposed to if you convince me, but this didn’t convince me) and the fact that the male lead is more annoying than swoon-worthy. I’m honestly hoping she ditches him for someone better in book 2.
Now, that all being said, and I know it sounds negative, this really is a pretty solid read. I enjoyed the world and am curious about what comes next. I’ve already moved on to book 2, so these small complaints didn’t get in the way of my ability to take an interest in this world.
It should be noted that I listened to this story on audio, and I tend to be more forgiving of writing issues when I listen (as opposed to regular reading). If I read it in print, things like the lists of adjectives, telling, and stating the obvious would probably jump out at me even more. But I didn’t, so they didn’t.
Read this one for the world-building and unique magic systems, rather than stellar writing/editing.
Book 287 read in 2018