This was much better than the prequel novellas book! However, I have to say that my understanding of the story was much enriched for having read that first, despite how boring it was.
I felt I could connect a lot better to Celanea in this story and I enjoyed seeing her interactions with the other characters. I liked that she could make friends a little easier, and that she actually had a few that she could count as friends! The love triangle surprised me, and I didn't like the resolution there. Perhaps in other books we'll get a better understanding of motivations there.
The story was fast paced, and very entertaining. I couldn't put it down! Even though it is a Young Adult story, I greatly enjoyed it and recommended it to my own daughter, who is more in the age group for it.