For those following along, yes, the book has gotten better. Not terrific, but better. I'm still a little confused about what's actually going on and the two main characters that were spoken of in the blurb have finally met, but character #2 is still residing in minor character territory.
I'm reading before I got to sleep every night, but the book hasn't caught my attention enough for me to put aside whatever I might be doing during the day to sneak some reading time. I know people who would DNF the book at this point, but I am stubborn. :) And maybe a little optimistic.