(Go to On The Ledge for the readalong)
This is one of those books that once I start reading I want to finish it in one sitting. It's just so absorbing. There's just the right amount of tension to keep me wanting to finish one more chapter, page, paragraph, sentence - whatever I could fit in before real life called and I absolutely had to put the book down. I loved the teenage girl narrator with all her bookish curiosity and how she loved traveling Europe with her history professor dad on his academic engagements. There's a decades old mystery that she becomes aware of regarding her father and her long absent mother. And then there's a centuries old mystery her father's been studying for most of his career that involves . . . vampires! It's all a really well written adventure story that packs a lot of travel and history, Eastern European culture, customs and lore.
The point-of-view changes from chapter to chapter between the father and the daughter. The identities are fairly minimal and I don't think we ever find out what the girl's actual name is. I like that. It makes the reader pay attention, keeps more of a focus on the action and content, and did I mention the writing? I love good writing.
'The room looked as it had on dozens of other occasions when I'd seen it in daylight: neat, pleasant, the furniture in precise attitudes of invitation, books and papers in exact stacks on the tables and the desktop.' pg49
Heh, what a great way to describe a room.
I wonder if The Swan Thieves will be as good? It's right there on my TBR shelf, waiting . . .