I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I got this from Netgalley, with no promise to write a positive review.
I think it was more of a didn't mesh with me than anything. There was... a lot of romantic angst, for one thing, and I'm not a huge fan of that. At least not the way it was done in this book: hurt/comfort I like, but this was not that. Also, the whole wishy-washy, 'I should tell him, I can't tell him,' just got under my skin.
Which is a shame. The magic, the world, I wanted to know more about those. I liked the world, I like the fact that characters that seemed one dimensional at first were fleshed out so skillfully. Not much time was given to them, or at least their past, but it was enough to feel sympathy for them where I'd once felt disgust. I also got the general gist of what had happened in previous volumes, so it was nice that this stood alone quite well for me.
That being said, I felt like this was well written and well illustrated. I think the problem might have been that I went into it looking for something that this wasn't intended to be. Since my enjoyment is part of the star rating, I did knock it down a little for some eye-rolling angsty moments.