2 star first 3rd, gradual build to a 4.5 star status, so about 3 on average. I wasn't into this book at first. The first few chapters weren't very well written, and it didn't grab me. I read it off and on, and spent more time reading random stuff on the internet. I considered abandoning it, but I didn't. About half way through, I started to feel intrigued by the world she was building. I liked the characters, and particularly enjoyed how their love lives were realistically teenage as opposed to I-Have-Met-My-One-True-Love-At-The-Age-of-15. A character might even fancy themselves in love with someone, but still enjoy the flirtation/kisses of another. Realistic teenagers! Not a contrived love triangle, just teens with normal teen feelings. Not that it's just a book about teens kissing each other, but the swoon factor is excellent. I started to get interested in the setup of the Fells, and the Seven Realms, and the history of the bloodlines. The book went from being generic fantasy stuff to a complex, well-thought out world. If it hadn't failed to grab me at the beginning, it would have been 4 stars for sure.By the time I got 3/4 of the way through, I was already scouting how I could quickly get the second book in the series because I didn't want it to end, and I went straight from the end of this to the beginning of the next one, which I'm loving so far. So, I rarely wholeheartedly recommend something to which I gave three stars, but this is an exception.