My friends RAVED about this series, but I am baffled about why. I hated everything about this book, and I can't imagine voluntarily reading the other three. The plot is virtually nonexistent. The characters are unimaginative and flat. It reads quickly, but in a way that left me feeling wholly unsatisfied. So many words, yet they are strung together in a way that is so unbearably empty and forgettable. It reads poorly as literature yet somehow also manages not to even be enjoyable as guilty pleasure reading.