I have loved vampire stories since I was a kid watching Dark Shadows. This however, has got to be the best (short story or novel) that I have ever read on the subject. It is fast-moving, and never lags. The sexual tension between the 16-year old girl and the hunky vampire, Ethan, is not overplayed, and is just right. Further, the vampire is neither all good (much too mushy) nor all bad (in other words, quite human). I had a hard time putting this one down and could have read it in a few hours had I the time. My hat's off to Vande Velde. She wrote a true page turner chock full of teen angst, vampires, mystery, love (and sure, lust is there too), and the human belief that nothing and nobody is all bad.