I like the concept of this book, and I'm really curious to find out what happens next. The baseline of the story is amazing and ingenious, however the execution is lacking. What bothered me most was how dull it all seemed to me, almost unnatural.
The characters didn't feel real and I found Mina to be a little dim... I understand she is supposed to come of as naive, but there is a line between naive and just plain dim; sadly she crossed it. Jared is definitely my favorite character, and I hope he appears a lot more in the other books. He is cryptic, complex and intriguing.
The plot itself was unexciting and included a lot of "nothing" in my opinion. The plot seemed to revolve around her ordinary life instead of the curse (Problem no?) By halfway, I was just reading it to see what happened at the end, and then... DISAPPOINTMENT. What just happened? Oh I see. The easy road was taken... Comparable to the "I woke up from a dream" ending.
In brief, I like the concept, may give the second book a shot, but I'm hoping for A LOT more Jared and better character & plot development.