While I will admit this is not the book for everyone, I personally believe it is a wonderful new spin on the vampire genre. Instead of sparkling and looking pretty, the vampires of The Strain hark back to the days of Nosferatu and other devilish, bloodthirsty critters. It's action packed and character-driven, and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. During a busy fall semester this book was there for me and when I got the chance, I devoured it. I loved the characters, loved the plot, and I can't wait for the next book!