I can’t say I overly enjoyed this book. It’s not a bad book, it’s just not for me. I didn’t like the protagonist and I didn’t like the plot set up. Which are the two main components of books, so, yeah. The first third was an interesting story arc but then we have an “interlude” which seemed to maybe be some character building for the secondary character but no, the second two thirds of the book are about this story arc. The first arc bears no relevance to the second and I’m not sure it was even mentioned again.
The protagonist is a stuffy old lady who believes in manners, tea, and homebaked goods – except she’s 25. And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with any of those things, I think they’re all brilliant, but when your character trait is “I knocked on someone’s door randomly to find their deadbeat roommate, how dare she not offer me a drink” – you’re not quaint, you’re an ass.
Also, Lily is a wizard – not a witch, and Sebastian is a witch, not a wizard. And yes, they are two different ways of using magic in this story, but I feel like the author is making a point just to make a point, but it’s not one worth making.