I'm kind of wavering on how many stars to give this one.  I love Mead and I liked the idea behind the story line, but I just never really loved the characters.  That is one thing that you can definitely give to the author, she is not afraid of changing things up.  We did not get a strong hero and heroine in this series as compared to the characters in VA.  I appreciate that aspect, especially considering that too many authors do a spin off and essentially give you the same characters, just with a different name.  Anyhoo.  My opinions of the book started to pick up toward the end, meaning that I didn't completely dislike Sydney and the ever-whining Adrian.  It gives me hope..