I loved this book. Not only are the characters likeable, but you can hate them at first and fall in love with them later..I loved meeting Alina, our main character, and the boy she grew up with, Mal. I thought their relationship together was really well shown it's clear that they have a very strong bond together and have gone through bad times and good.And about the Darkling...Holy hell!!!!What can I say about him..... besides oh my god! He was just such a mysterious character.I like him at first.. Amazing book!!!!