So I guess really 3.5? I liked it and I will definitely read the rest of the series. What kept me from really wanting to give it 4 stars is the fact I kept getting distracted by the similarities to other stories. At various times I could see shades of The Labyrinthe, American Gods and Alice in Wonderland among others. I also felt myself not quite buying the romance of the novel...not sure why but just something was missing. Hopefully this is remedied in the next installments.