hyped it up too much for myself

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I had really high hopes for A Tempest of Tea, the first in a new young adult fantasy duology from author Hafsah Faizal. I adored this author's last fantasy We Hunt the Flame, and felt even more excited for this one after early reviews compared it to Six of Crows. There was a heist in this book, but it felt like a very small part of it. It was also really lacking the relationships between characters that SOC had. The only characters I felt a history between were Jin and Arthie, but even then Arthie has kept so many secrets Jin doesn't even really know his "sister." I think this book was just trying to do too much. The vampire aspect had promise, as did the all the tea references, but they were so overshadowed and there was barely any time for character interaction or development between the entire crew. It ended on a cliffhanger, so I'll read book two.