A brilliant series and I think I've sort of fallen for Amalie, though I definitely wouldn't want to meet her on a dark night. As for Oliver I have a feeling he might have once been Oliver Cromwell. The idea of a human becoming a ghost and then a vampire is weird but fun. The goth character is equally wierd and I think its the wierdness of this series that attracts me to it. I've got books 1-10 but I've not read number 10 yet. How did Rachel Caine come up with the idea of a disease that kills vampires by destroying their minds? Extremely good and anyone that likes oddities or vampire books must read it. This review covers the whole series not just book one. As for the lead character she's so brilliant she makes Einstein look dumb. I love it.