I mostly agree with your assessment, but, in the author's defense, it is written well. It kept me turning pages, but, every time I stopped, I was like, "What the crap did I just read? Did that really just happen? As to how I got through five books, I bought and read the first four of these as paper copies as this was just prior to my conversion to ebooks. To be honest, I had such a hard time finding books I wanted to read at all, I tended to stick with stuff that I wasn't enjoying for way too long. Nowadays, with all the choices available instantly, I'm much quicker to abandon a book/series if it's not working for me.