Top critical review
Painfully slow and probably written for tweens. Very disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2020
It's painfully slow, so very detailed about each character that it's to the point of being tedious, this series may be intended for tweens and if so this first book may bore them to death.
The tedious character detailing goes far beyond what I needed, or even ever wanted, to know about them and just seems like needless filler put there to make the book longer and in doing so just bored the he'll out of me.
I really wanted to like this first book and even tried to start reading it multiple times only to come to the same conclusion. I don't like this book for all of the the stated reasons and also it's a bit like a slow soap opera written for children. I'm just one of those people find the majority of British writing extremely boring and annoying. This book is not G James or M Fuchs type ( the Arisen series) of British writing, which was awesome, this book is more like something their grandmothers would have written.