The Bottom Line: While I generally liked this book and would ultimately recommend it to others, there are a few things I would caution future readers about. This is a loooooong book (450+ pages!) and I found some of the material to be repetitive and/or extraneous. One more good edit could and would eliminate some of the extra and/or repetitive bits making this a more streamlined, efficient, and enjoyable read. Now for the positive: Grace is lovely, her grandmother is a riot, the magic shop is a wonderful setting, the spirit of community within the neighborhood is delightful, and the plot is interesting. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot and how the community as a whole came together to support and help one another through such a dangerous and scary time. There are a lot of big personalities in this book and most of them came shining through as wonderful individuals with their own cares, worries, and concerns. I truly believe if some of the “extras” were taken out of this book, I would have most certainly been able to assign a far higher star rating.