I lost touch with books for about a decade because of life but thankfully I am able to return to this beautiful world. Eclectic mix from YA to erotica. I blame fanfic.
A wonderful plot that lies at the heart of the book, so that story pulls you along more than the characters. Everything is beautifully described and vivid. The characters are charming and full of enough whimsy to be mysterious as well as magical.
I especially loved Ivy, who though very brave had her fair share of vulnerability too. I love underdog stories too, especially when 'victory' comes with consequences.