What a book to start 2024 with.
Actual stars: 4
What I loved: I love a good magical school story. Baz was my guy from the first page. This is plot based and the beginning was quick-paced and had this magical story element I loved, and then 65% of the way through it picked back up and went barreling to the end.
What I didn't love: there was a lag in the middle of the book. Because it was plot-based, it felt plodding, just a 100 pages that weren't doing anything. Once that was over, the plot moved quickly toward the end, but I honestly debated DNFing during the 55-65% parts. I wanted MORE character development and I would have loved more about the world, but in the end it was actually okay.
Will I continue? Yes, absolutely!
Who I'm recommending this to: People who love The Atlas Six, Harry Potter, and other magical school-based stories.