Top 5 Series for Twilight Moms
What Else Can You Read?
I remember when I finished reading the Twilight series. I didn't want to read anything else. I scoured the Internet for days looking for anything even remotely related to Twilight that I could read. I was worried that I would never love another series again. The good news is that I actually found some other series that I liked BETTER. Most of them fall into the same Young Adult genre, but not all. Below are some of my favorites that just might become your favorites as well if you give them a chance.
by J.K. Rowling
If you had told me a few years ago that the Harry Potter series would turn out to be my favorite books, I would have laughed at you. I didn't want to read the books and fell asleep when I watched the movies. But after I finished reading Twilight, I was begging people for suggestions. Time and time again I heard that I should start Harry Potter. The first few books were fine, but I didn't become completely obsessed until I was about 5 books into the series. At that point, I would literally stay up until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore just to keep reading. I skipped working. I ignored my family for hours on end. If I thought that Twilight had me spellbound, it was nothing compared to Harry Potter. What HP lacked in romance and teen angst, it made up for in great themes about good versus evil, growing up, and changes in life. The writing is advanced from Twilight, and the stories get darker the further in you get. If you are an avid reader, you owe it to yourself to give it a chance for a few books before deciding if it is right for you.
Books in series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter on Amazon
Buy the books individually or save money with a boxed set.
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The Mortal Instrurments and The Infernal Devices
by Cassandra Clare
Aside from Harry Potter, these might just be my favorite books of all time. In addition to vampires and werewolves, you get so many other great supernatural creatures in a world that is both similar to those of other books and completely different. The love story has a little bit of steam but is not more than PG-13. You can find a few "deleted scenes" from the books on Cassandra Clare's site, though, that definitely turn up the heat. It took me a little while to start getting into the books but once I did, I couldn't put them down.
The first Mortal Instruments Book is currently being made into a movie. In fact, the trailer is showing before Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Books in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire (not yet released)
Books in the Infernal Devices series: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess (not yet released)
Start with the Mortal Instruments
Get the first Mortal Instruments book to start and then start building your collection one by one of both Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices books.
by Richelle Mead
I might have to go out on a limb and say that the Vampire Academy books actually stayed with me longer than the Twilight books after I was done reading them. They don't have the movies and all of the hype behind them, but Richelle Mead did an excellent job of creating a vampire world that blended in with our own almost seamlessly and made us feel both anger and compassion toward the vampires. Rose and Dmitry might be one of the best vampire novel couples of all time. The series had me to the point of tears on quite a few occasions. It spawned a sequel series (Bloodlines) which isn't quite as good but makes for entertaining reading.
Books in the series: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, The Last Sacrifice
Vampire Academy on Amazon
These paperbacks are not too expensive, so you might as well grab a few of them in a set to save money.
Sookie Stackhouse Series (Southern Vampire Mysteries)
by Charlaine Harris
Looking for Twilight with a little R rating? The Sookie Stackhouse Series might just be your new favorite. With a total of 13 planned books, you can definitely sink your teeth into the characters. The books are the basis for the hit HBO Series "True Blood" but the plotlines are very different. Sookie is a woman who can inexplicably read minds. She is pulled into the vampire and werewolf world and a number of great love triangles. Some of the scenes are a bit gory and the sex scenes are blush-worthy. Not a series for the faint or easily offended! But it's easy to get lost in the books (especially the third).
Books in the series: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, From Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone, Dead in the Family, Dead Reckoning, Deadlocked, Dead Ever After (5/13 release)
Sookie Stackhouse on Amazon
These paperback books are relatively inexpensive and even more so when you buy them in a set. With 13 books total in the series, you might as well start with a set.
Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls Series)
by C.C. Hunter
I was surprised how much I got into this series because it isn't one that many people talk about. However, everyone I have passed the books along to has loved them as well. Shadow Falls is a camp for "troubled teens," which actually turns out to be vampires, werewolves, witches, and more. Kylie Galen discovers that she fits in better there than anywhere else in her life. Derek and Lucas complete the ever-present love triangle that always seems to show up in young adult books. What surprised me most was the way that Kylie related to her parents and how I felt about those scenes. The books are a quick read and had me both laughing and crying.
Books in series: Born at Midnight, Awake at Dawn, Taken at Dusk, Whispers at Moonrise.
The final book in the series, Chosen at Nightfall, is expected to be released April 2013.
Shadow Falls on Amazon
There are only 3 of these books so far and no boxed sets available.
Are there other books that you would suggest to moms who read and loved the Twilight books?