A great story.
Not as much of the girl-must-choose-between-the-boys drama as I had expected, thankfully. While it still fits that cliché, the introduction pretty much gives warning enough, in case this is not your type of story.
The girl has a lot of spunk, and she makes for a believable and lovable heroine, flaws included. A strong female lead, but in an honest way (not the outmatching-boys-after-5-days-training type).
The introduction of the world is minimal. Having magic and fighting bad guys must suffice as the surrounding setting.
That setting seems to be human-vs-other, good vs evil, without historical or broader explanation.
I like that it's exploring the world in the story, not starting with a monologue; but the world still seemed somewhat bare even at the end.
I also like that it doesn't try to fit into some existing place or setting; but it's a curious mesh of horse-carriages, blacksmiths and teen nightclubs.
And of course an Order of boys fighting the bad guys, quite the fantastical place.
The real care is in the character interactions, and here the story shines and will draw you in until the end.
Sadly our girl is not really fleshed out in the beginning, oscillating strangely between behaviour of a little kid and a more mature personality and it was obvious the author had yet to find their stride.
But as the story fleshes out, her personality settles as well.
Also, after first brushing off a strange abduction-attempt as a non-event apparently, every time after the guy's name is merely mentioned,
she suddenly falls apart at the seams - that felt really misplaced, and you'll just have to assume there is some part of the story missing there.
The second half of the book was apparently overlooked by the editor, because it increases in typos, and missing words in unfinished sentences. It's a bit annoying, but not extremely so.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)