"Leah half sobs, half laughs. "You're the one who knows real stories."
"I want to hear a story no one's ever read, that has no end."
That quote made me cry a lot. I mean a lot. I cried several times reading this book.
Oh my god, this book was so heartwarming. Reading it feels like drinking hot cocoa on a cold, frosty night. (maybe it's the setting?) I was able to feel the bustle of the markets, the song of Marah's violin, and all her pain and guilt. Sometimes the mood is just right.
Thank the book gods there was no romance trying to be worked in. For this book, I think the friendship really carried it for me, and I loved all of its different portrayals in the story. They were dealing with so many real issues, prejudice, discrimination, corruption, that it just would've been the wrong call to try and make this about young love.
I loved what was going on with the book's plot. Sometimes when I read a standalone novel-I'm pretty sure this is a standalone- the plot can be too fast paced, slow paced, rushed endings, etc, but I didn't get any of that from this book at all. Marah and Azariah both felt their friendship as a surprise after an awkward introduction, but nothing was dwelled on for an annoying amount of time. I love his parents by the way, they are so badass and liberal. This is just a really sweet book with action, plots, and a wonderful amount of magic-literally and figuratively.