When I picked up The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause, I expected two things: vampires and a quick weekend read. I did indeed get both, but so much more. This wonderful young adult novel is also a metaphor for life and death, and beautifully done as well. Zoe, our heroine, is struggling with her mother's impending death from cancer; cut off from her family by her well-meaning parents, she's instantly intrigued when an odd yet attractive young man begins paying attention to her. When she discovers he's vampire, she's confused; should she help him trap and kill his evil brother or should she run as far away as she can? Since her best friend is moving, there's no one else she can turn to and Zoe must learn how much she can take and how willing she is to face loss. Excellent writing and not a pat ending make this one a winner. My amazon review is found at http://tinyurl.com/25kxc8.