A jot of blood

3.5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fun, quick read. It’s a YA fantasy/romance book that skews a bit younger than the typical YA book. The main character, Lire, is a young clairvoyant attending a special school for the magically gifted. Her power scares and intimidates her fellow students because if she merely touches a person, or anything they touch, Lire is able to sense that person’s memories and secrets. This makes her very unpopular and essentially friendless. As the new school year starts, Lire meets 2 new students that befriend her. Her new friends help Lire stand up to her arch nemesis, Amanda, as well as other difficulties that she comes across.
The story is interesting, but not overly complicated. The dialogue is very basic and skewed toward a younger teenage audience. The story is a bit uneven and begins to rush toward the end of the book. The book is the first in the series, so it seems like the author felt like she needed to cram a lot of information and details into the last 1/4 of the book in order to set the story up for the next book in the series. The book has enough closure on one particular storyline to satisfy the reader, and nicely sets up the next book in the series. I will most likely read the next book in the series.