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If You Like “Twilight”…

Just in time for the theatrical release of New Moon, here are more vampire tales you might enjoy.

  • Blue Bloods
    by Melissa de la Cruz
    The students at an exclusive New York City prep school are rich, powerful, and have a thirst for human blood. When 15-year-old Shuyler Van Alen starts to crave raw meat and have flashbacks to ancient times, she begins to grasp her family’s deadly secret. Sequels: Masquerade and Revelations.
  • Vampire High
    by Douglas Rees
    The students at Cody Elliot’s new high school seem a little odd. They avoid sunlight, have superhuman strength, and make frequent trips to the blood bank. Cody thinks they might be vampires and is a little worried about fitting in.
  • Vampire Kisses Series
    by Ellen Schreiber
    A new family has moved into the local abandoned mansion. Raven, a 16-year-old, vampire-obsessed goth girl, suspects that they might be vampires and soon finds herself falling for the new boy in town. First book in the series is Vampire Kisses.
  • Tantalize
    by Cynthia Leitich Smith
    Orphaned 17-year-old Quince Morris is reopening her parent’s vampire-themed restaurant with the help of her uncle. Her plans start to hemorrhage when the chef is mauled to death, possibly by Quince’s boyfriend who happens to be a werewolf.
  • Companions of the Night
    by Vivian Vande Velde
    Kerry Nowicki, a 16 year-old girl, encounters a vampire-lynching party during a late night trip the laundromat. When she helps the accused vampire escape, a complicated game of cat and mouse follows.
  • Peeps: A Novel
    by Scott Westerfeld
    After moving to New York, 19-year-old Cal Thompson contracts a parasite that causes vampirism. Luckily for Cal, though he is a “peep”, he is partly immune. Cal is recruited to work for a shadowy organization that tracks down dangerous peeps and starts to believe that things are not what they seem.
  • Bloodline
    by Kate Cary
    This novel uses diary excerpts from each main character to piece together the story of a World War I nurse who falls in love with a descendant of count Dracula. She travels to Romania to be married before understanding the disturbing truth about her future in-laws. Followed by the sequel Bloodline: Reckoning

Books written for an adult audience:

  • Southern Vampire Mysteries Series
    by Charlaine Harris
    Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in rural Louisiana who tries to keep to herself for a good reason: She can read minds. Her life starts to get a little stranger, and a lot more violent, when she starts dating a vampire named Bill. First book in the series is Dead Until Dark.
  • Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series
    by Laurell K. Hamilton
    Anita Blake, a detective who happens to be able to temporarily raise the dead, lives in a version of St. Louis where vampires, werewolves, and other fantastic creatures have been partially integrated into society. First in the series is Guilty Pleasures.
  • Sunshine
    by Robin McKinley
    On one eventful night, the self-proclaimed “Cinnamon Roll Queen of Charlie’s Coffeehouse” discovers her dormant magical powers after being chained to a good-hearted vampire named Constantine. Together, they’ll need to outrun and outwit the group of evil vampires that brought them together to begin with.
  • Rachel Morgan Series
    by Kim Harrison
    Rachel Morgan is a witch from Cincinnati who is in the private investigator/bounty hunter business with a vampire and a four-inch-tall pixie as partners. Her problems, however, are all too human. First in the series is Dead Witch Walking.
  • Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
    by J.R. Ward
    In this romance series, Beth, a twenty-five-year-old with dim career prospects, learns that she is half-vampire after she awakens one night to find a very large, very dangerous-looking man standing at her door. First in the series is Dark Lover.
  • Dark-Hunter Series
    by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    This long-running and immensely popular romance series revolves around the Dark-Hunters–vampire-like creatures in and around New Orleans. Start with Night Pleasures, the story of an ancient warrior who falls for a human woman after nearly two thousand years alone.


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