This was a very slow read for me. I was never able to get interested in any of the characters. I felt that while Allie's dad played a big part emotionally on how she lived her life, he didn't have a big role in the book. There was all this build up of how he was the Big Bad, then nothing.Allie's love interest had too many secrets for my taste, and sexual appeal wouldn't have been enough to keep him around. He seemed to be working for everyone, playing all sides, and I was never quite sure if his interest in her was due to his feelings or their magical connection.Also, there were too many characters and I don't think they were fleshed out very well.I will read the second book of this series in the hopes that this book was used strictly for world building, and the storyline will pick up.