No big surprises: characters and goth-lite plot were a bit too rote for me. It was a little plodding, then gradually picked up, only to slow down again. I never felt like anyone was truly in danger. I did like Gemma's voice, she was a prickly, snarky thing - and certain parts were nicely done. I will probably try the second in the series, but it was not nearly as delish as the cover.