This Savage Song
Part Romeo & Juliet without the romance. Part Godfather. Part Vampire: The Masquerade. This Savage Song is a slightly dystopian, young adult horror series featuring two kids caught between a monstrous war. It's a thoroughly enjoyable adventure with many creative elements littered throughout. While there are several troupes sprinkled here and there, the vividness of the prose and the dynamic relationship of the the two main characters really hold the story together brilliantly. It moves at a fairly brisk pace. There was one twist that I certainly wasn't expecting, but absolutely should have seen coming -- and it ratcheted up my appreciation of the series. This is the first of two novels in the series -- and I'm looking forward to the next one.