Um, wow. So this book hooked me from the very first page, and it's not often that a story can do that. It begins with the kind of first chapter, in my opinion, that would make it difficult for anyone not to continue reading. I found Alexandra's -- or should I say, Milena's -- adventure riveting all the way through. Her relationship with her boyfriend was sweet; her relationship with her "grandfather" was even sweeter. The heroine makes hard choices that are motivated by love -- and I love that in a book. Can't wait for book 2!