I finished this one last night. I was so anxious to see exactly how the story would play out that I read the entire series in about 4 days. I spent a lot of time irritated with America (the main female character) and wanting to slap some sense into her. But all in all, she was a strong character with strong ideals who wasn't afraid to stand up for people or for what she believed in, even when that meant defying the prince or even the king.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys princess stories or rags to riches or strong female characters or love triangles. There was some dystopia in the story but it was more about how America grew and her realizing truths about her society, her prince and herself.