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Recommended Vampire Books
Below are some of the vampire books I've read over the years and would recommend to other people based on how I felt about them. I have not put Twilight in because I honestly felt that although it might be a good series to some, it wasn't to me and there are a bunch of other vampire books I might of missed. Do let me know what you prefer in the comments box!
Please note that these books are in no particular order!
Dracula by Bram Stoker. A true classic when it comes to vampires. This book is composed of journal entries primarily by Johnathan Harker, the main protagonist. Some entries are from Mina Murray who is engaged to Johnathan, and other character's inputs along with newspaper clippings. I loved this style of writing because instead of a story being told by an author, it's being told from one of the most personal, however biased, points of view: someone's journal. A private book filled with thoughts, dreams and the like. Johnathan is a solicitor travelling from England to Transylvania to Count Dracula's castle. Soon, Johnathan becomes a prisoner in the castle and later, barely escapes with his life. As the book proceeds, the main goal is to kill Dracula to free other people from his curse, and to avenge the innocent killings that the Count has done.
I've read this book at least four times; once as a child of about seven, twice in my teen years and then again on the plane from South Africa to New Zealand. I love it with a passion as this book sparked my passion for vampires and fantasy creatures. Definitely one of my favourites and one I'd recommend in a heartbeat.
Richelle Mead is an amazing author. This vampire series was written specifically for young adults but I do believe teens and adults alike would like this. The story is about Rose Hathaway, a dhampir aged 17 and training to be a bodyguard for her Moroi friend, Princess Vasilisa Dragomir. In the process of her training and battles, she falls in love with her instuctor, the handsome Dmitri Belikov which is something she never planned on, but now caught between her forbidden romance and fighting to be the best bodyguard for her friend is what makes this series more interesting.
I started to read the books last year and finished them last week. It was an amazing series consisting of 6 books and every one of them was as good, if not better, than the last. The books are narrated from Rose's point of view which allows us to feel what she is feeling. I must admit, at some parts in the series, a lump caught in my throat with the emotion that was pouring out of her. Tragedy, joy, love.. it's all in this series with a blend of bad guys like the Strigoi (evil and undead vampires) and royalty to top it all off. Well worth the read!
House Of Night
PC and Kristin Cast. What a duo! This mother and daughter team have created one of the best vampire series on the planet using wild imagination and words in tow. I have written a review of the House of Night on another hub so I'll keep this to why I love this series.
So far, there are 8 books with the 9th on the way. I've read 7 of the 8 currently released and waiting for the 8th book to arrive at my doorstep. Zoey Redbird is a strong character. Some parts are in her perspective, others in Stevie Rae's (her best friend) and other characters have their say too. Like Vampire Academy, the lump was there when some of my favourite characters died and the happiness when things went right. A good book to me is about making your audience feel as if they are the characters, captivating them into their world and showing them the secrets. This series has done that in every book and I cannot wait for the next two books!
When I saw the title of this book I thought to myself that it sounds ridiculous. Then I studied the cover and it made me curious.. once I flipped the book over and read the back, I was hooked. I'm a sucker (excuse the pun) for a vampire book.
Ellen Schreiber has penned a character to which some can relate. Raven wanted to be a vampire from the time she was in kindergarten. She was seen as an outcast by most and had two things most of us have: a best friend and an enemy. She wears all black (hello Goth child!) and in the first book, celebrates her 16th birthday. And then the Sterling family move into the mansion on top of the hill. The young man in the house, Alexander Sterling, lives with his butler Jameson and invites Raven to dinner with a formal invitation. Eventually it comes out that Alexander is a vampire and leaves town, much to the dismay of the broken hearted Raven.
In total, there 7 books with an 8th book on the way. Over time these characters creep into your heart and you cannot help but feel as if they've given a part of themselves to you through words. They connect with you and each one has a special place in your heart. I must admit I enjoyed this series and will not judge a book by it's, er, title...
Anne Rice. What can I say about this fantastic author? Her books have been a captivating read and have taken me to foreign places, emerged me into another culture and expanded my vampire knowledge to something which begs for more with every book I finish.
Originally, I read the Vampire Chronicles trilogy and thought they were brilliant. Lestat is my kind of vampire: rebellious and dangerous, yet hiding his emotions from the world. Then I found out there were more books; 12 vampire books with 10 being of the original chronicles.
Anne Rice no longer writes vampire books, has changed from Mormon to Christianity and now writes religious books and such. I do wish she'd write more vampire books though! Her books are legend and will always be amazing. Like wine, they mature with age.
Darren Shan Saga
This saga of Darren Shan was one of the best I've read. Regardless that it's told from a male point of view (most books are from female points of view) I found these 12 books amazing. From beginning to end, well worth getting!
It starts off with Darren Shan, the character (the author uses this name as a pen name too) who goes to a circus act and steals a fascinating spider. Later, he has to return the spider to its owner, Mr Crepsley. In the first trilogy, Darren becomes a half vampire for saving one of his friend's lives. From there, Darren learns more about vampirism and accepts who he is. In the second trilogy, Darren learns more about the vampire clans and seeks out their approval of him. He faces the Trials of Death and wants to gain recognition as the youngest vampire to compete and win. The third trilogy brings us to Darren facing his biggest enemy, the Lord Of the Vampaneze. The fourth and final triology brings us Darren's final fight with the Lord Of The Vampaneze.
Now while I admit that I loved this series, the end did rather annoy me as I was hoping for it to end differently. Regardless of that, I read the entire series over three days. Continuous reading killed my neck and fingers but it was totally worth the read. It's also a good one for younger kids (i mean about 10 or so) if they have a need to explore the realm of vampires.
The Vampire Diaries
First off, I need to say that my love for the books is stronger than my love for the TV series. And yes, the two are different. So different that it's like chalk and cheese.
In the books, Elena Gilbert is blonde and popular and doesn't have a brother named Jeremy but has a sister named Margaret. Her friends are Meredith and Bonnie. Elena and Caroline are rather competitive at things. When Stefan arrives at school, Elena and Stefan share a bond and later become a couple. Damon, Stefan's brother, is killing people in Mystic Falls and making Stefan's live a living hell.
In this series, Elena does become a vampire at some point (won't say when) and then she dies again and comes back.. It's confusing at some points but Elena is torn between the two brothers and will eventually make her choice. Would it be Damon or Stefan? No one knows. Except the author of course!
The Southern Vampire Mysteries
Well Charlene Harris is one talented author! I thought this series was amazing. I took to Sookie Stackhouse instantly and the books were quite a treat.
I prefer reading than watching tv series and when I saw True Blood, it made me gag. It was well done but the characters I had formed in my head now become rather pathetic with the accents portrayed on screen.
There are 10 books with another 3 to be written. I've read up to 8, lost interest in 9 and never picked up the series due to 9's disappointment. It was a collection of stories and got me so confused that I didn't know where one ended and the other began! Other than that, I think this is a writer to watch out for.
Loved the characters and Bill and Sookie make a good couple, but Eric and Sookie are my ultimate couple. This book has vampires and werewolves, shapeshifters and fairies, witches, wiccans and other mystery creatures. A blend of everything I love about fantasy books!