4.5 starsI loved it and stayed up waaay too late to finish it because I couldn't put it down. Although I enjoyed the romance aspect of it, that was really a secondary or tertiary focus for me. Mostly I was just caught up in the characters and the intrigue around how the whole Magic Mansion thing would play out, and I loved how threads of the supernatural were woven into the everyday world. I don't watch much TV and have only ever watched a couple of reality shows, but I thought it made for a great novel. I really love that JCP writes to the assumption that her readers are intelligent, so she doesn't spell every little thing out for us. It meant that sometimes I had to flip back a page or three, to remind myself what had led to the current situation, the better to frame it in my mind. But I'm happy to do that, and much prefer that to being spoon-fed pap.I really liked all of the characters (well, except for a few I was obviously not supposed to like) and cared about them succeeding. I kept going back and forth on whether I wanted John or Ricardo to win, and found the ultimate resolution satisfying. This was one of the best books I've read recently, and a refreshing change from the majority of what's out there.