Olivia Waite is a romance author, practicing feminist, and wide-ranging dilettante.
When first we meet our heroine, she is crying because her mother has burned her copy of Mary Wollstonecraft. I could understand being upset about this, certainly -- I imagine that wasn't a book that would be easy for a gently bred young lady to replace -- but it was such a very YA sort of angst that I could not shake the feeling that our girl was mentally about twelve. Mom, why do you have to be so MEAN??!eleventy!! I don't think she actually stamps her foot, but it's totally in character.
She loves her dad, though. Her dad likes books, just like she does. And then her dad mentions how much her boobs have grown lately. He couches it in some sort of look at your womanly figure language but between that and the twelve-brain I was done.
Didn't even get to meet one vampire. Such a shame.