I can't begin to count the number of vampire books I've read over my lifetime. I had actually stopped for a while because I was so burned out by them and nothing really seemed to catch my attention and excite me any more. So despite the number of friends who had recommended this to me, I had my doubts. But I was very happy to be proven wrong. I may not love Lissa, but Rose more than makes up for that. She's a great character with just the right balance of angst, kick ass, smarts and wit to keep the read exciting. And then there is Dimitiri. While he isn't yet in the same league as my all time bad boy crush Barrens, I have a feeling that over the course of this series, he may come close. And who isn't looking for a new fictional fling?