When I saw that this was a) a standalone YA fantasy and b) featured an LGBT love story, I snatched it right up, and, overall, I wasn't disappointed. I loved that Coulthurst didn't make the love story super angsty (in this world, same-sex relationships are totally socially accepted), and that the fact that the star-crossed lovers happened to be two girls was not at all the point of the book. I also was super excited to read a YA fantasy that wasn't a series opener -- I love series, but I really have started to long for the occasional standalone novel. I thought the worldbuilding in this one was super interesting, and my only quibble is that I found the ending somewhat rushed (and the book isn't terribly long as it stands now, so I think the author could have allowed things to conclude less hurriedly without the book feeling overlong). Overall, however, I think this meets a really big need in the YA world, and hope we'll see more books like this in the years to come.

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