Story summary: Romeo and Juliet, but with kids, magic, and significantly less death. Also talking cats and flying gryffin statues!
- Inventive magic; large, quarreling families; plots and shenanigans.
- There are a lot of Italian names to remember. Big Italian families with all the sisters and the cousins and the aunts.
- It's perhaps not quite as inventive and complex as some of hers, and if you've read a lot of her books, you'll recognize a number of very common themes.
However, at the same time, although it was enjoyable, it didn't strike me as her books often do. I doubt this will be one I reread much, if at all. It seemed to me one of her simpler and more childish books.
But as usual, the worst DWJ is better than many of the other authors I read. Plus there's a giant, singing angel. Can't argue with that.