The first book in the series that defines the new YA sub-genre "dark fantasy." The third novel's release in 2007 knocked "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" off the top of the best-seller list, so you know this series is a big deal. The books are big, like "Harry Potter," but they're pretty quick reads. The premise is simple: Bella, the new girl in town, falls hard for the mysterious Edward, who just so happens to be a vampire. Despite that supernatural twist, it's not a horror novel. There is more talking about blood than actual blood, and the action is confined to a couple of quick scenes. In interviews, the author has admitted being too afraid to read Stephen King, so you can imagine the chilling elements are quite minor compared to the love story. Definitely more "Beauty and the Beast" than "Buffy."