SOSO good. I haven't laughed this much in a book...ever?
Lily is a shape shifter with a secret, she's a hybrid, and in her world, hybrids are killed. Only Lily and her mate Domenic know. Domenic is set to be the next King of shifters, but when tragedy strikes, that position is pushed onto Lily. With no where to turn, and like wise, Lily (Shifter prodigy), Erza (Vampire Prodigy), Pearl (Mage prodigy) and Jack ( Elemental prodigy) bond as no other pre- Kings and Queens have before. As terror strikes again, they learn to rely on one another and become closer than society is comfortable with mystical creatures of different forms being.
I went into this book thinking, meh. Sounds like a teen romance. What I got out of it was wayyyy too many smiles and laughs, heartache, and healthy need for my book romance gratification to be satiated. The latter can wait though, because first and foremost, this book was about healing, and forging the strong bonds of friendship with the only people in the world who understand.
This book claims to be a new adult, but I wouldn't push it that far. The main characters act like teenagers you find in every other YA, but the content can be more mature at times in terms of puns, sexual innuendos, rape-culture, abuse, etc. King Hall definitely stretches the rope thin for a Young Adult novel, but doesn't quite hit it as a New Adult novel either in my opinion. Anyway, consider yourself warned.
You are guaranteed to love the side characters. The current Kings are hilarious and really look out for their prodigies, but also know how to smack down the law when the four take their antics to far. In a lot of books, you feel slightly unfulfilled, wanting to learn more about the background characters. Fear not, in this book you will learn plenty, and there is clear hinting that you will learn even more come the sequel (which I've already started, tee-hee.)
I'm going to skip the part where I go over what I hate and love about each character because the four main characters...they are literally just the same. Fierce, loyal, and brash. Arguably, Lily is the most dense and weak link in the chain, buttttt I wouldn't count her out just yet.
Overall a really fun read, but you are thrown for a loop sometimes where you are kind of just like...why is this happening?? What was the point? Oh well, at least it's funny. But really...why?