When I heard that Francesca Lia Block wrote a vampire novel (and later, a werewolf one), I was pretty skeptical. I'm also not particularly interested in reading about paranormal creatures so I didn't think I'd be into this book as much as I was. Block's take on vampire mythology, while not entirely unconventional, does have its own twists. But the book is not even really about vampires or romance. Those elements are secondary to the real story: a story about a girl who experiences pain and suffering, witnesses beauty and destruction, and slowly comes alive again. She realizes that while immortality has helped her amass a collection of all the beautiful material items a girl could ever want, it's never as good as just being with the one person you love, even briefly, as a human.