I don't like to review books until I finish a series so I can judge everything as a whole. Part of that is due to books like this. Did I find this outstanding? No. Celaena kind of made me want to slam my head into a wall. And stereotypical love triangle? No thanks. Don't even get me started on Dorian. This was just a weak book for me until it started to center more around the actual competition & insidious happenings over everything else.
However, the ending picked up and I really started to get a feel for what this series can actually be outside of the love triangle side story and simpering about how easy it would be to break out/kill people/looks/guys... I can see Celaena being all kinds of badass and I sincerely hope that my hopes pan out as the series continues.