My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book, which is somewhat surprising to me as I tend to avoid young adult books that deal with romance, wherever possible. I think what set this one apart, was the confidence the author writes with. She asks you to suspend belief a little for the paranormal aspects of the story, and you happily comply based upon your desire to see the story work out for the good of the characters. I certainly did not spend any time picking apart the possibility of one portion or another of this story being likely or not. I enjoyed the characters and the setting far too much for that.
Interestingly enough, it was the main character that I tended to favour the least in this story, and the secondary characters that made me love it. I liked the interactions, the tension and the brewing romance as well. I appreciated that the romance was well paced and more complex than one finds in this category as a general rule.
By the halfway point of this story, I was already wondering what the next book would be about and hoping for more writing of a similar variety. If you have not read anything by this author yet, I would recommend that you give her books a chance. I like it.
This review is based on a digital ARC from Netgalley and provided by the publisher.