At first I wasn't impressed by the story. The dialogue seemed off, and I wasn't sure about the characters - especially Merian. She was hard to understand at first. Seemed a little one-dimensional for a while. Despite that, I decided to keep reading. Mostly because of Aia, her story helped keep me interested.
There are editing issues - another thing about this story that made it hard for me to get into it. Some parts felt like there were things missing, which would make it hard for me to get into it because I was trying to figure out what was going on.
I did really enjoy the romance of this story, especially how it didn't distract from everything else going on. It made it feel more realistic.
All and all, I did really enjoy the story and I would be interested in reading more. I recommend it to people who enjoy YA fantasy.