Wow, I had quite the ride with this book. If someone had told me in the first 100 pages that I would end up giving it 4 stars, I would have thought they were out of their mind. I think my initial problem was all on me: it was because of my expectations. I knew the basic premise of the book and I was expecting some more heft or depth or, frankly, anger -- none of which were present in the first quarter. And, to continue to pile it on, throughout its entirety there were some real problems with pacing, dialogue, characterizations; a lack of refinement and artistry in this raw debut novel. But. But. As I put my expectations aside and actually read the book in front of me, and as it hit its stride for the last three-quarters, I really came to appreciate Reid's bright and breezy style, her clever and even-handed skewering of all members of her cast (including her heroine), her emotional and affecting portrait of the relationship between Emira and little Briar, and - there it was - the final angry and bone-deep realization by Emira of just how execrable the behavior was of almost everyone around her.

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