Book 1 starts with a setup much like a YA fantasy/romance - which is not a bad thing, but not what I was expecting. By the end of the book it grows past the familiar setup to something more complex, and I was hooked. Book 2 I liked even better because it was more leaning towards slice of life/worldbuilding/urban fantasy and Book 3 was my least favorite narrator but still kept me guessing. Jemisin works very well in subverting familiar tropes into something a little bit truer to emotion than to archetype. I would say she reminds me of Gaiman in that way - flowing writing that feels easy, works with universal themes, but comes through on a personal level. But I think she's better.