Say what you will but I love this series. I've always been a big reader, but had definitely slacked off as an adult. This series got me back into reading. I would have missed out on some other really great books had it not been for this series. I think it has a gripping story. From book 1 until book 4 I couldn't put these books down. This was obviously a re-read but it was just as good this time as it was the first. I only counted it because it has been a few years since I picked it up and I had actually forgotten quite a bit of what happened. I had especially forgotten that there was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end.