I didn't have the highest expectations for this book, but having read some positive reviews I decided to give it a chance. I'm SO glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this YA novel, and I'm not quite sure why I haven't heard of Lily Anderson before now.
This novel was the perfect intersection of 90s rom-com, zombie apocalypse, and a Sherlock Holmes mystery... !!
Anderson's voice is pitch-perfect detailing the lives of Mila, a self-proclaimed Latina witch, her best friend Riley, and their fellow classmates, including Riley's dreamy brother Xander. I found myself forgoing other life duties to continue reading this sarcastically laugh-out-loud novel that managed to humanize these larger-than-life characters. And the romance was oh so painfully real.
The cover art is beautiful. The allusions to Harry Potter and Hocus Pocus were priceless. Mila's POC POV is important. And it's candid talk about teenage life is spot on.
PLUS you can never go wrong starting a book with a Sondheim quote... C'mon!
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I will be thinking about it for a good long while to come.