This book is obviously the prequel to the Lex series. I didn't read it because it didn't seem to be a requirement to read book 1 which I needed for a bookclub. I got halfway through that book and realized that I was missing stuff in the story and read Shadows. It was a great story that was cut short at the end. Extremely romantic, sort of a Romeo and Juliet type story. *sigh* Worth the read even if I was heartbroken.