I almost did not read this series because it was listed as the "next to inherit the Twilight throne." Mead did a great job of morphing the vampire mythology - no sparkle-pires here - into a society of believable characters. Rose is an action oriented character that girls can immeadiately identify with. She kick ass and girly all at the same time. It's steamy for YA, which as an adult reader makes it all the more fun!