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'Special Snowflake' Solange
14 May 2019
I would not recommend this book. The main character is a classic Mary Sue with no flaws and is *special* (AKA rare) in every single way. The word "intriguing" is used nearly every other page. Silver's motivation is weak so she has no urgency to achieve her goal. There is no conflict between the main characters aside from inconsequential banter (name-calling). The characters make decisions that seem to come from nowhere and they have knowledge that they would not logically have. Setting description is bare bone yet character descriptions span paragraphs (not to mention Silver somehow knows the exact height of those she sees). There is no character consistency. For Silver, it is stated that she is "sensitive" and is uncomfortable around violence a few pages after she attacked people with the full force of her magic, twice. As for her boyfriends, they go from somewhat distinct in the beginning, to the same person halfway through.
For the author: I feel like you are trying to do too much with this book and it comes off as unfocused. It is a reverse harem with the main characters being in their twenties and includes sex scenes, yet reads like a 16yo's POV in a YA novel. The two ideas of magic and a spy academy competing detract from both. I think this book would have more clarity if you chose to focus on the spy academy part and toned down the magic part (only as world flavour).