Although this is listed as book #0.5, DO NOT READ IT FIRST!! It will RUIN the whole series for you. Read it after book #8. That is a good place for it.
Seriously, the more of these I read, the less I like them. This was just, boring. I don't feel like I learned anything new. Perhaps it was meant to make you like or understand Ali and her motives more, but it only made me dislike her more.