Overall, this is an enjoyable and creative middle-grade fantasy story that will pull in readers and keep them turning the pages.
Giada is such a fun, spunky, imperfect character, and you can't help but root for her as she struggles to follow her dreams, even if they take her away from the family craft. Magic combines with modern medicine, and the magical creatures reminded me of the Harry Potter series. There's also a nod to Roman creatures and gods. I loved the positive messages (especially those relating to body positivity) woven throughout, as that's quite important for the age range of the target audience (though older readers, including adults, will likely enjoy this story, as well).
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from Inkyard Press and Bookish First, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.