With the Twilight fad simmering down and the franchise coming to a close, more and more people are looking for a new genre to sink their fangs — or rather teeth — into. The Vampire Diaries certainly has kept my vamp love running high, but what about books? Should you give up on the genre and move on to something less blood-lusty. Angels, perhaps?
While vampires have been redone repeatedly, I still believe there are original gems lurking around. So let’s not give up, lovely readers. There are vampire books worth our time. The Vampire Diaries is quick to twist up the show and fool the audience once or twice, the word “boredom” so far away in our minds. Here are some vamp books that do the exact same:
The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine: In the spooky town of Morganville, vampires run the roost. People who walk the streets at night could just become a tasty snack. Unlike Twilight, vampires are scary. They’re evil and you wouldn’t want to date one. The highlight of the series: Claire Danvers graduates high school early and arrives as a newbie to Morganville’s college. She rooms with three humans and must learn to live (and fight!) against the vampires. My favorite YA couple (ever) are from this series and each book is no more than 250 pages. Great beach reads for the summer!
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: Vampires must be protected by bodyguards! Sound intriguing already? It gets better. Rose must protect her best vampire friend at a boarding school. Kick-butt heroine Rose Hathaway knows how to throw a punch. Of course that’s part of her job. This widely popular series is so, so addicting. I read the first three back-to-back. And currently, Mead has created a spinoff called Bloodlines.
Evernight series by Claudia Gray: The back of the book description is so vague that I had no clue it was paranormal. It is. And I wish I’d known. There’s not much I can say about Evernight without spoiling portions, but the main guy is pretty swoon-worthy. Plus, the plot is mysterious enough to keep you hooked until the end.
Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa: Kagawa is no newbie to the YA world. She’s penned the beloved Iron Fey trilogy, and The Immortal Rules (book 1) marks her first step into vampire fandom. And Kagawa’s shaking things up. “In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.” With a premise like that, Blood of Eden bites — in an oh so good way.
Know any other original vampire books? Are you a fan of The Vampire Diaries novels by L.J. Smith? Admittedly, I’ve never read them. But I hear they’re great companions to the television show, and TVD just started filming season 4!
back in the ATL- Season 4. Times flies.
— Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) July 9, 2012
So who are your favorite vampires? Sound off below!
- Becca Ritchie