I quite enjoyed the first part of this book, when it appeared as if it were going to focus on an academic mystery story. Once the story shifted from that to the insipid vampire/witch relationship, I struggled to care very much. The characters are cliched over-protective, condescending, sexist vampire; the most magical witch who ever witched without even trying, whom you are told is 'brave and independent' but who rarely demonstrates either quality. By the end, I would much have preferred to read about the main character's parents, Stephen and Rebecca, who seemed to have a far more interesting story and a more equitable relationship.It also dragged on too long - as others have mentioned, there seems no good reason to spend time describing every. single. cup. of. tea. the main character drinks. There was just enough of the book-related academic mystery to keep me going to the end, but I'm not sure I can be bothered to read two more of these.