First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
Oh man, I wanted to love this book so much. Cause it's fantasy, it has witches and it's super short but no, it didn't do anything for me. I didn't hate it, though.
Overall I really loved the idea of the book. That there are these high witches who are the most powerful. I also really loved the idea behind the bad guy, cause powerful things always need a big bad guy, who wants to use it for himself, to make himself better. So I was totally on board with the story.
But. The love. The romance was just too much for me. I mean it's a short book, so if you want it to have romance in it you need to speed things up. I get that. But it's just not for me. I'm so not a big fan of the 'Hey I just met you and this is crazy...but I have this undying love for you and I will die if I lose you'. Maybe I'm just too cynical for that?! I don't know.
I personally would have loved it more if the story had focused more on the training part. Ariel always suppressed her powers, she didn't know what she could do. Brayden on the other hand, knew a lot about these things and he taught her how to control it. That feel a bit short and I just would have loved to see more of that.
As characters. Ariel and Brayden didn't really touch me, I couldn't connect with them at all. There was only a little bit of backstory for these two and no character building. Same goes for the world they live in. I couldn't imagine it, cause there was no world building at all.
So overall, I loved the idea behind the book but I think there was much more room to really build this story. But, I'm totally gonna read the second book, just to see if maybe things get better and develope more.