OK, by the end I was interested, and I'd actually like to see what happens in the next book. But the first 25% was completely odd, disjointed and ridiculous. (Really? A talking severed head? I get that it's YA fiction, but seriously--give your readers a little more credit.)I think the novel's biggest problem was that I didn't find the antagonist at all threatening--just overtly bloodthirsty, but without any kind of motivation to get the reader emotionally involved. Once Brid came on the scene, though, I felt the story start pulling together. It was still kind of a "boy" novel, but a more cohesive read, and far more complex and interesting.