I thought we could start a thread on book recommendations for the fans of the "Twilight" series. There are many vampire/romance fiction books out there now, especially with the popularity of this genre reaching unprecedented heights with the success of the Twilight movie. I've read some of the books in the genre and found a select few that are quality writing and intriguing plot. What books do you recommend in this genre?
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"Sunshine" by Robin McKinley, includes elements of vampire/human romance, lots of adventure, and a quirky protagonist with a rambling inner dialogue and some undiscovered talents
Interview with the Vampire by Ann Rice (for more mature readers, HS and up)
The Sookie Stackhouse novels (HBO's "Trueblood" is based off of these books) -- once again, for more mature audiences, High School and up
The Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris are good (they are the books on which the HBO series "True Blood" was based).
Also, here are some other books I really enjoyed for young adults. Though they don't involve vampires, many do have similar themes or even mythical creatures:
Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr
City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Avalon High, by Meg Cabot
Deadline, by Chris Crutcher
The Nature of Jade, by Deb Caletti
I think you've pretty much covered the vampire romance genre. As for fantasies/stories about people with supernatural powers, I recommend Terry Brooks's series The Word and the Void; titles in that series are "Running with the Demon," "A Knight of the Word," and "Angel Fire East." The protagonist of the series is a teenager who grows into a young woman, named Nest Freemark. This series leads into another series, called Genesis of Shannara, which includes some of the characters from Word and Void.
The Sookie StackhouseSouthern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris are quite compelling. Once you pick one up, it becomes very difficult to put down.
The most interesting aspect of this series is the Southern twist. Although it has been said before, in other places, the atmosphere and mindsets are very much akin to the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s in the South. It does not take much of a stretch to substitue "Black" for "Vampire" in the social settings provided by Ms. Harris.
If you like vampire-themed settings and scenarios, this is one that will keep your interest at its peek.
And yes, it IS for the more mature audience/reader...;)
Those who enjoy historical fiction/romance might enjoy Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. It's a time-travel book set in two time periods: the modern era where Claire travels from and the English/Scottish feuding era of the 18th Century. The characters are real, the events are based on historical events, and the time travel is fun!
The Outlander series sounds really fascinating, I'll have to check that one out! I'm a sucker for time travel.
I just finished Laurell K. Hamilton's series on Princess Meridith. I think there are about six or seven volumes in the series. It is about the Sealy and UnSealy as well as the Fey, Brownies, and Goblins. The theme is a little more mature and not for pre-teens, but it is a well written series.
I recommend the Harry Potter series. Vampires and romance do exist in this series, particularly in book 6, the Half-Blood Prince. That is my personal favorite, and I think that freshman or sophomore girls would enjoy this. Ginny and Harry begin to show an interest in each other, as do Hermione and Ron, which creates tension when Ron begins to date another girl and when Hermione begins to date another boy. This is a good novel, and I HIGHLY recommend it.
I have read tons of books since Twilight..I think you can safely say Twilight got me into a serious reading addiction!!
I've mostly read young adult paranormal fiction, some have been great!! And others so-so, or rather they have been aimed towards young adult only. (I'm 32 so can hardly count myself as YA anymore!)
Great books (involving romance and supernatural elements), have been: Poison Study, The Immortal Instruments Series, The Wake Series, The Hunger Games, Graceling, to name a few.
For more tips, you might want to have a look at my blog, where I've reviewed all the books I read post-twilight:
I would recommend:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - I love the character development in this book and the plot for this entire series is just so well thought out.
Night World Series by L. J. Smith - I personally like this better than the Vampire Diaries although there are four books each book has three different stories that connect to one big event and they are just mind blowing.
Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez - This book is a nice light right that still is packed with a lot of emotions as well as the rest of the series.
The Vampire Diaries is one of the most interesting and best books out there that relate to vampires. And who doesn't love the show? The Hunger Games and Harry Potter are amazing but they are not centered around vampires. The lord of the rings is a great series as well.
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