I read this book yesterday- I had heard it had made quite a splash in the literary world of Young Adult fiction- and I have to say, it was pretty good. I mean, don't get me wrong, this is not the magnificent prose of Stephenie Meyer, but it wasn't a bad way to spend the afternoon. The first 60 percent of the book is very good, but near the end the momentum is lost and I found myself consciously turning pages, pressing myself to finish. It was also fairly violent, and the villian is a little disturbed. If you're going to be traveling (Ashley) and need something to entertain your brain, this one's not too bad. Borrow it, don't buy it.