This book was on my TBR list for quite awhile, yet I continued to put it off to pursue other, "more interesting" reads. What was I thinking?! Mead writes a great cross-genre story of an academy for vampires. The book starts off at night, so you get the sense of dark and foreboding, and the pace keeps a quick tempo from there. I can practically see the antagonist, Rose, standing in the window, peering out into the night. Telling it in the 1st person really draws you in and keeps you reading. As I was reading, I thought idlly to myself, "Self, this book is pretty good. It's not great, but it's worth 4 stars." I was full prepared to give it that rating. Then the ending just knocked my socks off. I cannot wait to read Frostbite: Vampire Academy Book 2. I think anyone who likes paranormal fiction and young adult will enjoy this novel.