I loved this original take on vampires vs humans in this book. There were moments where the 'vampirisms'(like wrist scratching, and *uhem* elbows)seemed awkward and clunky, but that is my only complaint about the story. What Gene goes through to remain undetected left me tense and on edge on his behalf throughout the book. The tension continues to build and the story is never predictable. The last moment of the book is something I never saw coming. I can't wait for the next book in this series. This is a book that will stand out for me in 2012.