I really wish everyone would stop comparing all vampire books to Twilight, as a major fan of the series I can see why but this book is different than the Twilight Saga. It is amazing in it's own right. I try to read a new book with fresh eyes instead of comparing it, think if you had not read Twilight, would you like it, and I say yes definetly!
I love the character of Elena who could so easily fit into any time or place, she is universal. At first I was annoyed by her bratty attitude and she came accross as 'pampered princess' but as the story progresses and with the arrival of our vampire; Stefan, we see that there is more than meets the eye to Elena. I deeply enjoyed the love that Elena and Stefan share and felt like I was witnessing its strength grow.
The story keeps you guessing with a number of unexpected twists and turns and I love the style that Smith imploys with the extracts of dairy entrys which put you in Elena's mindset and see everything through her eyes.
I loved the errieness that Smith manages to maintain with the Graveyard and the church.
The ending is schocking and I was left reeling and wondering if it could be so, so much so that I had to buy the next one in order to find out!
Take my advice, stop comparing to Twilight, every book you read will probably not live up if you keep doing that, so just look at it as it's own and I promise you will enjoy it and will not be able to stop! :)