I think this is one of my favorites of all of the books that I read this year. It was a tiny bit slow to start, but once I was in, I couldn't stop. Mom said that she was a little confused, but I felt like that was on purpose -- I was reading it in a Nook, and occasionally wished that I was actually reading a paper copy, so that I could turn the page back and check which year the current chapter was set in.I loved that there was a lot of beautiful description, but at the same time, there was a lot left to your imagination. Just enough was described about how things worked in this world to satisfy me.And the characters! I think I was a little bit in love with all of them, even the ones that weren't quite so nice.