I loved this book, loved how the characters develop from the first book, and cannot wait for the next - not that its a cliffhanger (I hate that feeling when you get to the last page and still don't know how it ends), its a satisfying book by itself, but I just want more. I just really enjoy the whole witchlight world and how these witches' stories mingle with Debora Geary's other series on witches.
Lizard's confidence grows in this book, she's getting great at her job, going to college, and showing her creative side more. And making a lot of friends, or even family, which is a big step for the stroppy orphan delinquent from the first book.
I also found a lot I could empathise with in Elsie this time, whereas the previous book she was still very business-suit-ish and closed in, the kind of person that didn't even admit having squishy messy emotions, never mind showing them. But she's starting to relax a lot more, and get to know her own personality and fire powers - these books aren't so much about the magic, although there's plenty of that, more how the character's powers are a reflection of their personalities (and in Elsie's case how ignoring those powers messed with her whole approach to her life). And needless to say, there's a lot of fun, a lot of touching moments, a lot of friendship, a lot of poetry, a lot of silliness, a lot of love.