I'll be honest, I had assumed that this series was pointed more towards a female audience and thus avoided it for quite a while, I also never liked the current 'fad' of the public, so that caused me to avoid this series, don't get me wrong, I love vampire series and I loved this book, I mean, I've read Vampire Plagues and a bit of Cirque du Freak(Both excellent, less mainstream books) but finally my curiosity got the best of me and I borrowed this book. I started reading it after a few days of just staring at it, afraid of being disappointed or proven right. I open it up and Im at page 220 in one sitting... I finish it the next day... The description, even in the beginning is amazingly elaborate yet so basic and understandable, the story is confusing in certain parts, but even the beginning of it hooked me in... I read and read and read, taking in every detail, running it through my mind and trying to fit pieces together, the romance between Edward and the main character is greatly created to be elaborate like a maze and all of the other characters aren't too dull, but they aren't too great either. I liked the description of the vampires and the fact that everything described makes sense and fits together... Now, the one small violent area of this book was great and interesting, but as I had thought, since it is mostly directed towards girls, the violence was quick, but still much better then I expected.
I have to say I am going to stick with reading this series... I just gotta get the other three books from someone lol :D