at first when I read the summary on the back cover, i was iffy about buying it. it made the book sound really boring. but i had a good feeling about it, so i bought the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd book. MY OPINION NOW IS DEFINETELY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT IT WAS BEFORE! this book is great!! it's interesting, mysterious, exciting, and overall fun to read! i haven't finished the whole book yet, i'm only near the 150th page. but so far, i am IMPRESSED! i could not put this book down. it's exciting from the start. whenever i read it, i feel like i am there, with the characters experiencing the same adventures. i am so glad i bought the books and i DEFINETELY recommend it to anyone who loves to read!