Jennifer I don't know if you're still working on the book, but the audiobooks are fantastic. So if you're still having trouble, you might want to give the first one a shot.
Beth For both this book and the sequel, I could only read a little every night. However, not being able to read it in one sitting made my experience reading it even better, because I could think about what I had read each day. And of all the books I've read in the last two years, this series is the one that has constantly stayed in my mind. Like Juli says, it is an AMAZING series!