I know people say this a lot - but this is a page-turner.
It's pacey, it's got a chatty but fairly confident tone... and you'll totally want to know what happens next.
The rules governing magic here are clearly understood by the author - you're in safe hands, because she knows this world inside and out.
I like the way Córdova blends elements of different Latin American cultures deftly, while also adding her own unique elements - I love it when the author takes the effort to look effortless ;)
I thought Rishi was a quirky bundle of fun (and I'm a big fan of quirky,) and Alex responded in a realistic way to her situation (what teenager wants to be like their parents, after all,) but I actually had a real soft spot for Nova.
Nova is the bad-boy with a heart... or is he? Dun-dun-dunnnnn!
I guess I just felt a connection with Nova - someone who brings light to those around him, but is made dark by doing so. (And hopefully that was suitably vague enough to avoid spoilerage.)
(If you could avoid the urge to psychoanalyse that last paragraph...? Please & thank you!)
The heroine here though is most definitely Alex.
This bisexual Brooklyn bruja is a great blend of power and vulnerability - someone that people can relate to and look up to at the same time. She's awesome.
Sometimes you just can't talk sense into fictional characters, no matter how hard you try ;) But I guess that's part of what makes us so invested in the lovable little idiots.
There is also love of a geometric (i.e. triangular) variety. Less annoying than most triangles, but maybe just a touch rushed-feeling.
There's violence and blood and stuff - as a warning to those who don't like those things. I didn't notice any swearing - but it's possible the odd word snuck by me.
And if you're looking for a new fantasy series to get obsessed with?
(Yes nerdlets, I see you! You can't hide from me!)
This is a perfect candidate for your next fandom-level bookish fave.