This was another book that was recommended by my sister, and she raved about it. While I agree that it was good, I would disagree that it was great.
I loved that Celaena was a strong female character, but it seemed that she had too much going for her. It seemed she could do everything; she was an expert on everything from weapons to literature. She also was able to blend in with upper class society despite having never been a part of it. I found it more than a little ridiculous that she should be good at everything.
I did notice a hint of a romance triangle, which seems to be endemic in young adult novels. I really hope this is not the case, as it is my least favorite plot device in a series, but I don't have high hopes for it.