I am well known for my rushing-into-things-without-thinking.... the OH-LOOK!-It's-Richelle-Mead-I'm-going-to-request-it-immediately-ZONE. I didn't even consider this book could be and ADULT book!! DUH Karen!! Being so excited to read something new from Richelle Mead, I didn't realize it wasn't a Young Adult read until I started reading. *sigh* Mentioning that I was disappointed would be an understatement. But... I got over it and decided to read it anyway. The first part of the book seemed to be really great. I loved Justin's character as well as Mae's. Soon I was a little lost with the whole story. Then it became...INFORMATION OVERLOAD!! I realize that each character has a past that we are slowly uncovering, but for me it was too slow, but then the world building, the politics, the semantics of it all just jumbled in my head. I had to go back and re-read things a few times to try and make sense of each character. Maybe I am not up to reading something this complex or what but I just couldn't finish this book without a headache. I'm sorry Ms. Mead. I hate giving bad reviews, but I just can't bring myself, or focus my attention on this book. I am a fan of the Vampire Academy novels and can't wait to see it on film or tv.