I picked up this young adult series on a whim but was immediately hooked. The premise isn't wildly original, but I found the characters interesting and engaging -- and the conclusion after four books was satisfying. Thais, our heroine, suffers from the typical complaint many have about young adult heroines -- no supervision, usually easy time getting in and out of school, etc -- but I know I would have just eaten all of that up at 17. This series was the kind of book I wanted, with someone who had a life more exciting than mine. Delicious, silly escapist fun!