There were many good things about this book and I am glad I read it (the first part was fantastic). I liked the fact that even though this book was a sequel to a book I haven't read it wasn't bogged down with lots of boring back story, also I loved the fact that Ashley had the compassion to look past Emmy's affliction and see her true self as no one else did. I just wish the book was more centered on those things than all of the crazy outside conflicts. My main complaint is that it started out so darned good and I truly cared about the characters and could not put it down but towards the end I wasn't feeling much of anything, I didn't laugh, I didn't cry, I didn't truly care and just wanted to get the book over with. I was left feeling very disappointed. I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one, ah well, we can't all like the same things all the time, I guess.