I loved this book the first time I read it but never got around to reading the sequels. Two years later now, I have decided to read the whole series back to back and thought a re-read was in order. This book is not serious at all unless you consider it seriously fun! I really enjoy steampunk books but vampires and werewolves are generally not my favourite cup of tea. I never got into Ann Rice back when she was all the rage and I missed the Twilight boat completely. Only recently with the Mortal Instruments and this book have I begun to warm to them. This book is a super fast and fun read. Full of light wit, action, and a cast of likable characters. While this book can actually stand alone quite well, I am interested in seeing what kind of trouble Alexia will get in to next.