For me, this book was over-written. It needed about a 100 page edit and the story was a bit too predictable. As summarized in other reviews Addie makes a deal with a spirit that answers in the night to live until she is done with her soul. I think some may find her confidence and precociousness inspiring, but i often found her foolish and frustrating. Very much agree with the review criticizing the lack of historical events in the novel - why have a character live through 300 years of history if we get to see, feel, and read about almost none of it? Yes, she lives through these times, but we don't get to join in those experiences as she is often distracted by her escapades trying to (successfully?!?) outsmart an omnipotent being or magically whisked away to safety MULTIPLE TIMES! (Deus ex machina, much?) The romance plot adds some interest but besides the fact they CAN be together, the lovers don't seem to fit together in any other way. I really did want to love this book, but i just didn't.