This book was hard for me to rate because I really liked it but I wasn't sure if this was going to be a DNF for the first 50-60 percent of the book. However when I'd turn it off about an hour later I would want to go back to it, and I was curious about what was going to happen. The writing style especially slow and meandering and nothing seemed to be actually happening.
Then things started happening and everything got much better like the back half was so good! but did it justify how boring the beginning was? eh, the jury is out on that. While there were hints to the plot but most of it just seemed to be excessive, repetitive and extraneous. (though maybe it was the grounds for the rest of the series to be amazing) [I've never read this author but apparently this maybe her writing style]
I REALLY liked the last 40 percent of the book. Things started really happening and it was fabulous. The characters that I'd hated or been bored by early one I suddenly felt really attached to and I really wanted to know what was going on.
Some specific character stuff: I loved Blue and Noah, and appreciated Gansey. Ronan bugged me at first but I grew to like him. I loved Blue's family and thought they were very interesting. I feel like I don't care enough about Adam though given the way that Stiefvater writes about him.
Over all I would recommend the book but I'd give the front half like a 1.5 stars and the back half like 4.5 stars. I also can't wait to read the other books because I'm really curious about what is going to happen and if all this beginning slowness was laying the ground work for something amazing. Which really could be the case. I really want to read the next one now.