Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
Tamsin is a banished witch, cursed never to feel love - for love was what led her down a dangerous path five years ago. A dark sorcery has arisen in the queendom since then, stealing the memories of many, including Wren's father. Wren will sacrifice anything for him. So she bargains with Tamsin: help her save the queendom - and in return Wren will forfeit her love for her father.
There wasn't much world-building here (pretty basic stuff), but that didn't really matter because the story was more about the relationships between different young women and how complicated matters of the heart can be. Magic of course makes a story like this more fun! ;) This is a solid YA fantasy book, though I think veteran readers of the genre will find it wanting in a few areas (world-building among them). But Tamsin was such a fascinating anti-hero and Wren was a great counterbalance to that. I quite enjoyed Sweet & Bitter Magic.
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't buried in a book or drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, is a keen writer of science fiction and romance. She has published two novels and four novellas in her space opera family saga, The Galactic Pantheon Series.