For the first several chapters of the book I hated Celaena. She had only two modes: This is how I could kill this, and dang that guy is cute. She drove me crazy and I cringed every single time she did either of the two things listed. Which for quite a while was constantly. But as the story went on all the characters grew, and they showed personality.
In the first book you have a story of assassins and thieves fighting for their freedom. Interesting and fun, the story and the characters grew on me and I read the book all in the same day enjoying every second of it from the tour of the castle on. I would give it 5/5 stars if I hadn’t found nearly every character insufferable until about chapter 8.