The world building was done extremely well, I felt like I stepped right in to Ailani's world without skipping a beat! The magic in this story enhances the beauty of the world and makes for an exciting story! I read through the entire book in one day. I just could not put it down!!
As much as I enjoyed this book, no novel is without flaws. Like I said previously Nahoa was pretty one dimensional and I found it really hard to connect to the feeling and the motives of the mother. There were points in the story that were slow and all of the native Hawaiian words used through the story had me a little confused although the writer does put definitions of the Hawaiian words at the bottom of each page which was very useful for me!
This book is written for a Young Adult audience but I think that children reading on a middle grade level with find this story enjoyable!