This engaging, suspenseful and heartfelt story is the first in a new series. Meridian is a likable character--one who is confused at first by what she is, but one who becomes strong and wise over the course of the book. This story is somewhat dark, as death is prevalent and central to the plot. Animal death, as well as human death, is sad and painful to read about at times, though some moments of death are peaceful. Spirituality and religion are also important elements in the story, with good and evil, light and dark, and heaven and hell all at play. A zealous religious figure, the local preacher, turns out to be evil and is out to kill Meridian. Language is graphic at times (cr-p, b-tchy, a-s, f--king, a-shole, sh-t), though not at all prevalent. Kissing takes place, as Meridian falls in love with her protector Tens, and the two sleep together, but not in a sexual way. The loss of Meridian's mentor and beloved Auntie is sad, though she has lived to be 106 and a point is made that she has lived her life to the fullest and is ready to pass on. Teen girls who enjoy paranormal romantic fiction with excitement and danger will thoroughly enjoy Meridian, and will be anxious to get their hands on the next installment in the series, Wildcat Fireflies.