The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I was disappointed by the book. I think I prefer my fantasy to be a little bit happier. There was just so much disaster in the book. It was as if the author thought well, how could this go bad, ok put that in. I didn't feel like there was ever a let up of the doom and gloom in the book. The main character was never happy for longer than 2 pages, and had happy moments maybe 2 times in the entire book. The end felt empty... I just didn't like it as much as I hoped I would.
Also, I was really bothered by the fact that the "fantasy world" the main character always seems to dream about is in fact a knock-off of Narnia. The author also makes a rather random nod to Terry Pratchett.
I'm sure this book would be great for people who like gritty books, but I read fantasy for escape and for me this wasn't an escape so much as whining about the way reality spoils everything.