Hmmm... a really good fantasy I read was Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. No vampires, but tons of otherwise interesting and intriguing characters.
Ummm. if you haven't read the Twilight saga, despite the rage and the critisism, it is actually very well written (except the ending to the 4th on, I fear) and the books are WAAAAAy better than the movie.
The Eragon trilogy by Christopher Paolini is astonishingly well-writtten. No vampires there either but all are fast-paced and exciting reads.