One of the best vampire books I have ever read. I tried to drag this out as long as I could, and yet it still ended! The characters were developed, the world was vivid and though different than ours, still believable, and the plot was clever and definitely didn't feel used or cliche. While packaged as a young adult book, I've also seen copies packaged for adults, and I would say this book leans toward the older end of young adult, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for the younger teens due to some violence and certain wording used on occasion. Those are minor issues, though. This book was wonderful and I would recommend it to anybody who likes vampire books but is tired with the crap being put out in pure Stephanie Meyer style.