For me this was more of a weak 2.5 stars. Definitely not my favorite book by this author. Maybe that was the problem. I've read Façade which I thought I'd hate but no I liked it so much I read it twice, Diplomacy - LOVED IT! You Can Choose Your Friends, You Can't Choose Your Family loved them both, The Wranglers Series loved it too, etc, etc. See the pattern for me Zahra Owens = good reading. So why wouldn't Balance be the same? I don't know but it wasn't it's just didn't make me want to immediately go back to page 1 and start reading again as soon as I was finished, so you win some, you loose some. But I'm sure Ms Owens will get me next time.