I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about these books, my opinion... I loved it. I thought it was a great book. Great story, unique in my opinion. Had a great love story that had a great pace and build. The characters were well developed an easy to like and relate to. Their relationships well developed as well. I loved the setting. That was a great way to describe a small town and accurate. At least the one I grew up in. Its not a southern small own, but people treated new comers like they were plagued and well... it was accurate. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and I'm very excited they are making them into movies. Another series I fell in love with!