I enjoyed most of this series as a middle-of-the-road, light, quick read. I can't remember any of the characters' names or what even happened aside from there being red vampires and a big ass man-bird. But I had planned on reading this book and whatever books followed.Then I became aware (yes, 5+ months late, thank you) of the whole "retard" fiasco. And I must say, I'm disgusted by what P.C. Cast has done. Not only does she alienate her audience, invalidate Aphrodite's character, lose future business, and make herself look like a heartless bitch... but this is a mother and daughter writing this book. What the hell kind of adult speaks and behaves like that? And what kind of mother teaches her child that that kind of behavior and treatment of other people is acceptable? Not only acceptable, but something to boast about?!And I'm supposed to pay actual money for the privilege to read that garbage? Oh, hell no.