Who doesn’t love a good vampire read? For me, vampires were the first supernatural creature that I read. Why? Well, because of Stephanie Meyer. YES! I must credit her to my love of vampires and to my love of reading, in general. Before reading the Twilight series, I was an off and on reader. I would read books — mainly chick lit books or the odd adult contemporary — but I wouldn’t say I was in love with reading.
Yes, Edward turned me.
Including Stephanie Meyer’s reads, here are some of my favourite vampire books “so far” — that is, from the beginning of my love affair with books.
The Best of the Best
The Twilight series, by Stephanie Meyer
Initially, I didn’t want to read these books. EVERYONE was talking about them and I didn’t want to fall prey to the hype. This was until my sister-in-law told me she was reading them and they were amazing. I promptly went out and bought myself a copy and the rest is history. I’ve read Twilight so many times that I should probably get a new copy — the spine on my copy looks horrible, but that’s only because I’ve read it so many times. I am Team Edward all the way and even though these aren’t great literary classics, they were still a lot of fun to read.
The Vampire Academy series, by Richelle Mead**
Big love for this series. And you know what? I LOVE the covers. I know a lot of people seem to hate them and find them to be a total turn-off, but I adore them! I will admit that I wasn’t totally pleased with the way this series ended, BUT I was a huge fan of Richelle’s writing the whole way through and she kept my interest until the very end. Awesome.
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Let the Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
I read this book around the time the movie came out (the original, not the American remake) and LOVED IT. It was spooky, gory, lovely, and fantastic. Made me a real fan of Lindqvist’s writing.
The Beginning of the Road
These are books that are part of a series that I’m just beginning and am already having feelings of major love towards them.
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The Night Huntress series, by Jeaniene Frost
I’m only 1.5 books into this series, but I LOVE IT! The first few books have been sexy and smart and I’m eager to continue reading about Bones and Cat.
The Drake Chronicles series, by Alyxander Harvey
This is quite a fun series about two friends — one’s a vampire and the other is not. I’ve read the first book and a novella and am in love. AND this series is by a Canadian author!
The Pretty When She Dies series, by Rhiannon Frater
I loved the first book in this series and instantly wanted more. Luckily, Rhiannon has just released the second book in this series AND is working on the third book. It’s going to be EPIC.
While there are vampire books I love and vampire books I hate, there are also some that give me mixed feelings. These are books I wanted to love, but just couldn’t get into them, or books that are part of a series that are just hit and miss. Also known as the ‘meh’ books.
The House of Night series, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
When I started this series, it was just after reading and loving Twilight. Since I was so new to the YA genre, I actually started loving these books. But then they just went on and on and now I find myself just waiting until the rest of the series is finished so I can finish them once and for all.
Team Human, by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier
I know this was supposed to be more of a parody book, and there was a lot of hype around it, but I just couldn’t get into it. There were some parts that I loved and I wanted to really love the whole thing, but other parts that drove me nuts.
The Worst of the Worst
Of course, while I love all of the above mentioned vampire books, there were also some I was NOT thrilled with. You may feel different, but here are the vampire books that I wish I had never read.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith
I wanted to like this one SO MUCH! The cover is what initially drew my in, but it turned out to be quite the boring read. Of course, the vampire hunting parts were probably the best parts of the book! I loved the gore and mystery (and the addition of music), but this is time reading I wish I could get back.
The Last Vampire, by Christopher Pike
Having heard so many good things about Christopher Pike, I fully expected to love this book. I was also a vampire newbie, but pretty much relied on whatever the WalMart special was. I was intrigued by the cover of this one and its minimalism, but the main character was just too drab for me.
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1), by Julie Kagawa
I know many people will disagree with me on this one, but this was a book I could NOT get into. I read the whole thing and was bored a lot of the time. I couldn’t stand the characters and found the entire thing to be way too long. I still feel Julie Kagawa love, but only with her Iron Fey series.
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1), by Charlaine Harris
Admittedly, I read this book way before I started really getting into supernatural books. I don’t think I really “got” the book, but I remember hating it when I read it. That being said, I plan to reread this book and hopefully continue on in the series — maybe my tastes have changed since then!
What are some of your favourite — or some of your not-so-favourite — vampire reads?
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