I really loved this book. I often pick up books only to put them down and never read them because the Author fails to reel me in early. I found my attention was captured early on, with my heart breaking for this tiny little girl. As the story progressed I fell in love with the main character, her uniqueness, and found I became protective over her and needed to know what happens next. I struggled to put this one down! I do not recommend this book for younger audiences...as in I wouldn't let me daughter read this until she was an adult because I feel its mature in content. There are some sexually explicit sections, although they are not overdone. I hate when a story becomes nothing but graphic sexual experiences and loses the depth of the story, this is not that. The parts added were important to the overall story and character development. The author describes the setting well, you can really get a great picture of where they are and whats happening around them, she drew me in with the life of the marsh and its creatures. The ending was beautiful.