Good YA Fantasy w/ a fun magic system

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I quite like the idea of this, and I do think it accomplishes world building and YA intrigue very well. I have my usual qualms with first person narratives, but that is a personal preference, since its use did suit a lot of the more inward-looking moments quite well.

The ending felt like a bit of a cop-out - it accelerated to 100, had a huge reveal, and then... that was it. It's definitely trying to set up for the 2nd book in the series, which is a smart business plan for the author, but as a reader there was a lot of unanswered questions.

I also felt a little bad for Falun as his relevancy shrank and shrank as the plot thickened. Poor beautiful Falun, haha.

Final note: is it just me, or do the tattoos on the cover not match the description of the book?

I was provided an ARC for review purposes by BookishFirst.