After reading "Uprooted" and "Spinning Silver" I was looking forward to reading another Novik book because I enjoyed her clean story telling style. However, this book is nothing like those two. The beginning contains many streams of consciousness of teenage angst to the point that I was wondering if this book was meant to target a younger audience. The book contains a lot of over-explaining and repeating of the main character's world view, how she was feeling, and why. I think this book could have done with more editing. Like maybe if they shorten this story down to be the beginning of the next book and sold the two books as one (I have not read the next book as it is not out yet). That said, the feelings and concerns of the main character are relatable to all ages as who has not felt frustrated with a world that sometimes seems to have more mean, judgemental, selfish people than caring, open-minded, sportive people. The story itself is good with a clear magic system and an interesting teacher-free school environment. The characters are believable and the main characters evolved and learned with their experiences so that was cool.

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