I love vampire fiction. I usually had to search really hard to find them (till Twilight created this vampire storm). But now I have to try and find good ones, which is far more frustrating.
Unfortunately I watched the movie directed by Tomas Alfredson first. By unfortunately, I mean that I like to read the book first, the movie was NOT a disappointment, I very much enjoyed it. Afterwards, when I was googling this movie to find where I could buy it I noticed the book. The next day I bought it, in two days it was devoured and I cannot praise this book enough.
After enduring love stories with sufficient eye-rolling on my part; this book surprised, shocked, disgusted and delighted me. It was far from a predictable read.
Oskar is a troubled, awkward twelve year old. He's bullied, ignored, strange and longing for a friend. When Eli comes along, the friendship slowly blossoms (it's not BAM, "oh you're hot and we must date because you're undead") it's frightening at first for Oskar when he discovers Eli's (at least one of many) secrets. But, the story isn't just focused on the two of them - though they are the main story - there are several other interesting characters who add to the story. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes horror/sci-fi/urban fantasy and/or vampires.