I enjoyed this young adult book quite a lot, which surprised me. From the back, I wasn’t expecting to become so engaged with the story.
The thing about this book is that it doesn’t read quite so much like a young adult title as it does a light adult one. I suppose that’s why I enjoyed it. There is no case of insta-love, and although many scenes take place in a high school, there isn’t lots of “teen” dialogue which can get on the reader’s nerves.
The main character, Anya, was well-constructed, with lots of attitude and a mind of her own which made her stand out from many of the YA heroines out there today. Sometimes, she is a bit too stubborn, as if the author wanted to make sure we got that she was no damsel-in-distress. The other characters were okay, not particularly memorable, but fun. The bit of world-building is also done nicely, never overwhelming the plotline.
The only thing that frustrated me was the author’s habit of “telling” the reader that a character said something. Instead of saying it through dialogue, she just told us, as “I said that he shouldn’t…” It got pretty annoying after a while. She really should have just added the dialogue.
But, overall, it was fun and I’ll be looking forward to the next installment.