Grade: 4 1/2 stars
Story: Basically an episode of Supernatural with a heavy dose of Buffy. There's a professional monster hunter, with a parent who got killed by one of those said monsters when he was little, who goes about the country investigating strange, gruesome happenings. (In this case, even to Canada! It always bugged me that Sam and Dean of Supernatural never went to Canada. Surely there were monsters there too?) Then, like Buffy, he gathers together a group of young people (of Scoobies--one of whom's a witch and another who's named Will Rosenburg! (these two are not the same person in this case, though)) and has an older British mentor who's a bit stuffy and loves libraries. Also like Buffy, he (spoiler, visit rot13.com to decode): snyyf va ybir jvgu bar bs gur zbafgref ur'f zrnag gb xvyy.
It also got me thinking about Romance again. Romance in books bugs me so often, and I have been trying--with only partial success--to figure out why. The fact that I didn't mind it in this book got me thinking that perhaps I mind less when it's written from a boy's point of view as opposed to a girl's? YA Fantasy from a female perspective often seems to have too much...something. I don't know--I have to think about it more still. However, this book did have several elements that tend to make me mind less, such as the main female sidekick NOT falling for the hero.
Also, cover!!! I think I should grade this one "To Own" (EDIT: Since writing this, I have. EDIT 2: Since writing the last edit, I've changed my grading system.), because I want to own a book with a cover that looks like that, 'cause it's PRETTY.