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ehhh still recommend but don’t get your hopes up
Reviewed in Canada on July 31, 2021
I really wanted to like this book, but overall, I was kind of disappointed.
I feel like I would have enjoyed this better if it was just one person’s pov, probably Libby’s. Unlike some books that do multiple povs well, this book felt like it was originally written in one persons pov but the author just stuck a different name at the beginning of each chapter to make it multiple povs. And part of the reason I felt like it would have been better if it was one persons pov was that all the characters were so mashed together. Everybody’s internal dialogue (which is what distinguishes one person from another) sounded the same, and even their external dialogue sounded very similar. The only time I was really interested in the characters was at the beginning (before they got together), because that was the only time the characters had individuality. Once they got together they started sounding and acting like the same person in different fonts. It seemed like the author had too many characters she couldn’t deal with. Some characters (especially Reina and Tristan) could have definitely gotten more attention.
This book had so much potential too. The idea sounded so interesting and the author is clearly a great writer but it definitely didn’t reach its full potential. There were many parts where I had to look at the blurb again to remind myself who had which power since they didn’t actually use their powers a lot, even though the book revolves around magic and their powers. They just talked about the powers they had, which is weird since this is marketed as a fantasy book but there was minimal fantasy in it. There was not a lot of romance but the romance we did get seemed unnecessary and there was no spark between characters that did have romantic relationships, soon enough I forgot who screwed who because everyone was screwing everyone. The only people who did have chemistry were Libby and Nico, and they didn’t get together. I don’t know what dynamic the author was going for with these two—maybe a close friendship?—but it was a wasted opportunity since their banter was so much fun. This book definitely had too many (unimportant) characters and not enough plot.
Three stars because it wasn’t horrible, it just felt underdeveloped. I don’t know if the second book is going to be about these same characters, but if it is, I hope we get more character development and development of the magic system.