I wanted to like this I really did, but I just could do it. This book took me forever to finish because it just bored me silly. Everything about it just fell flat from the characters, to the plot, to the setting, and the backstory. Nothing stood out to me except that I liked Nola marginally better than Ari mostly because Ari's refusal to believe in anything was annoying, and then to have them suddenly be in love made no sense. I found him a bit patronizing, arrogant, and controlling, and I enjoy none of that. Their bond never felt real to me, and by the end I just didn't care about the mystery at all. At first I sort of liked how magic had sort of become prosaic, but by the end the acronyms just drove me crazy. I will not be finishing this series.