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Deadly Education (2020, TBS/GBS/Transworld) 4 stars

Lesson One of the Scholomance: Learning has never been this deadly.

A Deadly Education is …

this felt almost there?

3 stars

There is a lot that I liked (and that I think people who've enjoyed Novik's previous books will enjoy) -- she writes characters with strong chemistry, the pacing is excellent, the world-building is super interesting. I think the does an impressive job of writing an angsty teen character and a romance based on being kind of mean in, which normally I would find unbearable.

But there are so many things in the plot that just... don't make sense. It really bothered me! I wasn't wild about the gotcha at the end that sets up the sequel either.