Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.
This was a nice idea, but I personally was very bothered by the lack of system for the magic in the story. The rules didn't quite seem to make sense to me, and I couldn't help wondering why Rebecca didn't have more questions earlier. She doesn't seem to be in the realm of kid raised on classic fantasy who suddenly ends up in one, but still! So that sense of unreality that pervaded the book brought it down for me. (Dec 2011)