I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you C.J. Scarlett!
This book was pretty good. I like where the author is going with the story, however the execution of the story left me dissatisfied.
First, I felt as though sometimes Keiko's diction was off. She would speak normally, and then at times she would speak with the vocabulary and diction of Shar Jalon. I don't know if this was intentional, but it threw me off slightly.
Second, I felt as though the book lacked action; lacked fluctuations in the plot. I like to picture plots as graphs - don't look at this screen weird, it's an actual thing. For this book, it looked like a bumpy road.; kind of like the ripples after a raindrop falls in a lake (I'm getting poetic, I know). What I would have liked to have seen, is more impactful plot twists and actions which would have created "waves" if we keep going with my metaphor. The story lacked the "UMPH" factor.
What I did like about this book, or rather WHO I did like, was Emily. The little, sassy ten-year-old made the story for me. She added life to the story, and was strongly opinionated. Absolutely loved her.
This book does have potential. If reworked a little, it could be a great book!