Ok...I was told i would see the similarity between this and vampire academy. Yes it was there but there was also enough difference to stand on its own. The characters are solidly written and i am curious to see where the next book goes. It will be interesting to see how Alex's change when she turns 18 will impact her relationships with Aiden and Seth. One thing i am happy about-even though this is a series, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end....no major cliffhangers outside of what I expected. Overall I enjoyed the story and look forward to the rest of the series.