Let’s face it. Regardless of HOW you may feel about it, Vampires are in style.
I, for one, am pro Vampire. But if I were to meet one in real life, I would probably change my mind pretty darn quickly. You know…blood breath and fangs and all that jazz.
Anyways, in honor of Breaking Dawn’s big debut this week, I thought we’d round up some fun Vampire reads. Seriously ladies…you can stop rereading the Twilight series–there are totally other options.
Allow me to review:
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
There are a lot of books in this series (I’m not even halfway in..I think it goes into the twenties…) and they’re really good. Definitely not for kids, these are gorier, sexier, and scarier. Anita Blake is not only a Vampire Hunter, but an animator, meaning she can raise the dead for good purposes–settling will disputes, etc. She’s a kick butt woman with a weak spot for a certain vampire…certainly a conflict of interest considering that she’s a Vampire Hunter. These books also feature zombies, ghouls, and a multitude of other creepers.
This book weaves a fictional tale with what we already know about Abraham Lincoln, claiming that the reasons behind his most famous actions were that he was a secret vampire slayer. Silly at times and not the best book ever, but definitely fun and entertaining.
Obviously I can’t do a Vampire book post and not mention The Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series. I know quite a few people who watch the HBO series but don’t read the books. If you do the same, let me tell you that the books are A LOT different. I find book Sookie a lot more likeable (the one on TV is just too wide eyed and innocent voiced for me) and you get to know some of the characters a lot better.
This was originally a Swedish book and film (Let the Right One In) and American versions were adapted in the last couple of years. I’ve read the book and seen the movie (not the Swedish version, though) and both were pretty disturbing. The book is definitely scarier than the movie…but don’t watch the movie unless you have a strong stomach. I don’t–so there was a lot of face covering going on. It’s definitely darker than typical Vampire fiction, and if horror is your thing, I highly recommend.
I’ve never read the Vampire Diaries books but I have caught a few episodes of the show and it’s really good. Not sure how the books are in comparison, but I thought they’d be worth mentioning and are at the very least, more young adult friendly than the ones I’ve reviewed above. Plus, the vampires on the show are Hottie McVampirehottisons, so you can picture them the whole time you read!!
See? Totally no need for Vampire withdrawal. And before you know it, Hunger Games will be out and there will be a whole new “he’s way too young but let’s pretend he’s not” debate to obsess over!!
Team Peeta, by the way.
What are your favorite Vampire books?