So I will admit I wanted this book for the pretty cover and because there was a hint that people would be going to war and scheming. And i am all for going to war and scheming. Turns out it was so not what I thought it would be but still pretty amazing anyway.
The main female lead is amazing, her sis is just whingy enough that I want to slap her repeatedly. The villain is mean but I'm pretty sure its not all character flaws, there's definitely got to be some environmental influence there. The love interests are for the most part squish and fun - I definitely shipped a certain couple and just wanted to do that thing where kids take their pets, smush their faces together and yell 'kiss' until either someone gets bitten or there is slobber everywhere.
Here is a small warning though. There is a lot of content in a small number of pages, prepare to have to take breaks. Overall it's a pretty good book that I will definitely be buying the sequel to.