Mia's an American who doesn't know much about her family's history, or the rest of the family back in Italy, but when she's possessed by a demon, she has to travel to Milan, where she joins her extended family to deal with her...problem. The writing here is stunningly rich. Kat Beyer's Milan comes alive--its sounds, colors, smells, and most especially its tastes.
For me, despite the cover that makes it look like yet another YA supernatural with romance elements, the book stands out from that typical YA crowd. For one thing, the writing is much more evocative. For another, the romance isn't a crucial element of the book. There's no monosyllabic bad boy named Nick with a dark past and dark hair that falls down into his smoldering eyes. Instead, as the starred Kirkus review points out, the romance in this book is between Mia and Milan, and between Mia and her new family. Another way this book is distinct is this: in so much supernatural YA, the girl with the Special Talent is defined by that talent. She's normal, flat, typical, except for this one thing that is supposed to make her distinctive. So many of the YA voices are indistinguishable from each other; it's as if they all share the same basic girl character, just pasting a different Special Talent on each one.
(Obviously I'm getting burned out on YA supernatural).
Anyway, Mia is a distinct person *in herself*, apart from the weird things that are happening to her. As such, she feels like a real person in the midst of a pretty wild, scary plot.
To sum up: if you're looking for a typical YA supernatural with a romance element, this might not be the book for you. But if you'd like something more distinctive and memorable, give this one a try.