Okay, so "STAINED" was not my chosen genre of "Books I Like to Read," but after given this book, of course I read it. To my amazement, I actually REALLY LIKED it! Always a sucker for a mystery (despite my aversion to witchery and especially vampire lore), I found myself completely immersed in the story 'til I finished it...all within a day! Jessica McBrayer is a great storyteller, and the characters came to life with a realism I didn't expect. Protection spells, evil murders, vampires, and a love story too....well....it all worked! I can't wait til the next one in this trilogy. Whatever you think about fantasy, take a break and give it a try with this one....it's truly a fun read!