The first half of the book wasn't all that intriguing for me, but the second half made up for it. While I didn't like the main character at first, I found that I did genuinely care about her problems and wanted to make sure she had a happy ending. The thing that I thought was handled really well was that it all seemed very realistic. The problems Skylar faces don't just go away with a wave of a magic wand. Some serious stuff hits the fan, and yet, the resolution at the end is believable. Not everything is resolved (there are more books in the series, after all), but I was left thinking that things would work out.