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Life After Twilight - 5 Vampire Book Series for Adults

Updated on April 29, 2015

Vampires are more than sparkly hunks.

So you've probably read Twilight, and if you're like me, you might be thinking "What Next?"

I've been enjoying many vampire novels since the Twilight series. What I've found is each author has their own idea of how a vampire acts, what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are. So although the theme is the same, the story and characters are quite different.

Below is a list of great Vampire series that I've read and recommend for others. If you know someone who enjoys Urban Fantasy, book gifts are great for any occasion!

Vampire Academy

Reading level: Young Adult

My Review: I loved this series! The first book in the series starts off a little shaky, but don't give up - by the second book you'll be hooked. You really get to know the characters, and care about them. There are some unique ideas in this series along with some on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. Book contains minor romance scenes and minor bad language.

Vampire Academy Box Set (Books 1-4)
Vampire Academy Box Set (Books 1-4)

Book Description: After two years on the run, best friends Rose (a half-human/half-vampire) and Lissa (a mortal vampire princess) are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy. Up until then, Rose had kept Lissa safe from her enemies; school, however, brings both girls additional challenges and responsibilities. How they handle peer pressure, nasty gossip, new relationships, and anonymous threats may mean life or death. Likable narrator Rose hides doubts about her friend behind a tough exterior; orphan Lissa, while coping with difficult emotional issues such as depression and survivor's guilt, uses her emerging gifts for good.


Sookie Stackhouse - Southern Vampire Mystery Series

Reading Level: Adult

My Review: This is a great series that inspired the HBO series "True Blood". We follow Sookie Stackhouse as she deals with vampires and other supernatural creates as they come in and out of her life. These books are a pretty fast read. Each one kept me interested and ready to move on to the next book in the series. Each book has great character development, making you feel like you know and care about each Character. The language and adult content is pretty strong in this series.

Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire)
Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire)

Product Description: Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is no typical Southern belle. She can read minds. And she's got a thing for vampires. Which, in a town like Bon Temps, Louisiana, means she'll have to watch her back-and neck...


Undead and Unwed (Queen Betsy Series)

Reading Level: Adult

My Review: This is one case where you should not judge a book by its cover - I almost did! In the Queen Betsy series, we follow Betsy from the moment she finds out she is a vampire, to her trials as becoming the "Queen" Vampire. This series has everything, humor, romance, adventure and more. Many times I found myself laughing out loud. The series gets a little weak in the later books, but they are worth the read. Language and adult content strong.

Undead and Unwed (Queen Betsy, Book 1)
Undead and Unwed (Queen Betsy, Book 1)

Product Description: Betsy Taylor loses her job and is killed in the same day (her thirtieth birthday), only to awake undead in a funeral home. After attempting to kill herself multiple times, she realizes that she is a vampire - not only a vampire, but queen of the vampires.


Night World

Reading Level: Young Adult

My Review: I really enjoy the short stories in this series. To be honest, I was a little thrown at first, when I moved to the second story of the first book. I didn't realize they would be completely different stories. (I thought the first story left us hanging, and to my dismay it stayed that way). Each story is unique, with one binding factor - the Night World secret society for supernatural beings. From Vampires to Guardian Angels, this series has it all and is a fun read.

Night World No. 1: Secret Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Spellbinder
Night World No. 1: Secret Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Spellbinder

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters -- they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.


Black Dagger Brotherhood

Reading Level: Adult

My Review: I just recently finished the latest book of this series, Lover Mine. I plan on reading them all again, because I read all of them so fast. This series really grabs you and you keep wanting to know what happens on the next page. There is a lot of romance, a ton of action, and you will fall in love with each character book after book. Each book focuses on a single brother (but all the other brothers have their moment to shine in each book). If I had to say something bad about this series, I would have to say that the brothers' brooding did get a little annoying at times. But you can't help but root them on as they overcome their issues. This series has very strong language and adult content.

Black Dagger Brotherhood, boxed set: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Unbound, Lover Revealed, Lover Enshrined
Black Dagger Brotherhood, boxed set: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Unbound, Lover Revealed, Lover Enshrined

Product Description: The Black Dagger Brotherhood is an erotic paranormal romance series by author J. R. Ward. The series focuses on six vampire brothers and warriors who live together and defend their race against Lessers, de-souled humans who threaten their kind.


Have you read any of these books? What vampire series would you recommend?

What Vampire Books do you Recommend?

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    • steadytracker lm profile image

      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      An interesting selecti0on of books to choose from, I may just pick one up this weekend.

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      AnnabreeWrites 4 years ago

      During my vampire fiction craze, I've read just about all of these series... and loved them! There's only one that I haven't read, but might check out. :) Thanks for the great lens!

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      AnnabreeWrites 4 years ago

      @Zodiacimmortal: I've read the same series' as you... you should check out Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, it seems like you'd enjoy it... it's a spinoff of the Vampire Academy series and one of my personal favorites. :) Check out my lens on it if your interested.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I've read I think all (at least 1 book) but the Queen series I love the black dagger brohood, have the nightworld ones to read & this series as well This year I'm just reading whatever series I have ONLY book series.

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      mamabrat lm 5 years ago

      I enjoy the Anita Blake series and Dark Hunter Series. These are definietly not YA friendly though. P.C. Cast's House of Night is pretty good and Lynn Ewing's Sons of the Dark have a vampire type thing going on. I also am old school in I love Ann Rice.

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      MissMiki1 6 years ago

      Kirsten painters house of comarre series is a great new angle for the vampire world loved the first three cant wait for the forth and I am totally loving jeaniene frosts (spelling) night huntress series especially because of all the little novellas in between the main book and OMG for the girls bones in hot hot hot

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      dxegrlz04 6 years ago

      I bought the Twilight books & have read them numerous times so needless to say I love them. I've also read Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series & just finished her Merry Gentry series. Well Laurell is working on the next book for each of these now & I can't wait till they're released. Keep in mind the Anita Blake & Merry Gentry books are on the erotic side. More for the young adult & adult audiences. I'm looking for some interesting new books but not necessarily tween books. Hope this helped!!

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      dwnovacek 6 years ago

      I finally read the Twilight series, and loved it. I didn't know what other good vampire novels might be out there, so thank you for your recommendations!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      Like a million other readers, I have read the Sookie Stackhouse books. In my opinion, the first books in the series were the best. When the HBO series premiered, I feel that the books that were published afterward were influenced by the characterizations of the actors. However, Book 11 got back on track with Charlaine's first Sookie books.

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      cdevries 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendations! A good Lens.

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      RavenReviews 6 years ago

      the demonica series is a great adult only series by larrisa ione.

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      Andrea RM 7 years ago

      Thank you for this list! I've been a fan of vampire lore, books and films for as long as I can remember and have gradually become fed up with the new "vampires are metrosexual wimps" trend... even Bunnicula is scarier than most of them!

      I'll be sure to check these out.

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Not a big vampire book person. That said, I do recommend two other book series - The Hunger Games and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Both had 3 books and they were fantastic.

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      toriphile81 7 years ago

      Jocelynn Drake has an interesting vampire series (Dark Days). I read a lot of urban fantasy, although I'm probably more of a werewolf fan :) Great lense!