An 18-year-old girl, Emma, finds her world turned upside down when her life takes a tragic turn and a mysterious young man discovers a secret that even she didn’t know about herself.
- The book is well-written and paced well. I don’t feel like the middle sagged or any of it was boring or padded to meet a word count.
- The lore and mythology is interesting, well-developed, and provided when relevant rather than through extraneous exposition.
- The relationship between Emma and her mother was relatable and touching in some scenes of the book.
- Least Favorites:
- The point of view switches from first person in Emma’s chapters to third person’s in Galen’s, and the change took me out of the story several times.
- The romances in the book seem unhealthy to me. *SPOILERS* Toraf essentially marries Rayna without her permission and doesn’t get her attention until he kisses someone else and makes her jealous. Galen and Emma are codependent, insecure, and possessive. I understand that a lot of the tension of the story comes from their miscommunication, but the fact that they fight constantly rather than talk romanticizes conflict in relationships in my opinion. I especially found the scene where she threatens to break a drinking glass and stab him pretty disagreeable…
- This book included a lot of cliches about teen drama and romance, and Emma seemed like a Bella Swan trope who is stubborn and reckless instead of courageous.
- *SPOILER* The tragic death of her friend, Chloe, at the beginning of the book and the previous death of her father felt trivialized by the teen drama. After reading Lost Voices by Sarah Porter, I feel like this book breeches the difficulty of loss and reality of depression poorly in comparison.