I received an ARC of this book from the author and I voluntarily reviewed it. Thank you Leigh Shen!
The ANGST! At some points in the story I felt as though my heart would jump out of my chest! Shen is the puppet master to my emotions. She weaves these stories that will take you by surprise and make you want to throw your kindle across the room!
I loved the plot of the novel. The importance the past held, the family ties, the alliances. I love layered and complex situations. The only nick was that the ending felt rushed and not as polished as the rest. It felt as though it tumbled into an HEA. I wanted more of what the rest of the book provided. Hardship and the characters working hard to figure it out. Maybe I’m just mean to the characters *shrugs*.
One thing is undeniable though, LJ Shen’s writing is ART (yes, with capital letters). There are so many beautiful lines, perfectly weaved into context so that they don’t feel like punch lines sprinkled every few pages. She has an unbelievable talent for flowing sentences and the use of literary devices.
I definitely recommend this book! If you’re looking for an angst filled book this is definitely it!