...that had me engaged at the start.
I liked the small nuances that brought the story to life, and Oliver was a very engaging, empathetic character. The writing was extraordinarily well done, as was the dialogue, and I found myself not wanting to stop reading.
Why the four stars then instead of five? As the the story progressed, so did my irritation level at the seemingly incohesive behavior of Oliver. It seemed as if one minute he was strong and compelling and the next wallowing in doubt. Very mercurial. Also, the ending seemed too abrupt. Not horrible, just abrupt. Setting up for book two, I assume.
Overall, better than most books of this type. Perhaps in book two, Oliver will grow up a bit and become more stable and the story will build and conclude a little better.