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Okay I'm going to make a completely public post because I need as much help as I can get.

Other than Twilight, can anyone tell me what other vampire-related novels they have read (title/series and author) currently in the marketplace and give me an uber short rundown on what they're about (ie. Is it set in a school? Is it about a mortal hooking up with a vampire? Is it about a vampire teaming up with a detective/someone on the police force to solve a case? etc. etc. - you don't need to go into too much detail).

Basically I need to know what I'm competing against (ASAP at that because I need to whip up a letter mentioning the most prominent ones in it), and as I am quite aware of the huge selection but am a rather slow reader and tend to spend valuable time reading things I find appealing (which usually means I'm looking at things not specifically categorised in the paranormal romance section), I'm not sure if my opinion of what's out there is 100% correct.

So please - spam me with details of vampire-related books you know/have read & I'll be eternally grateful. Thanks!

Date: 2011-01-24 10:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canadian-turtle.livejournal.com
True Blood - You know what it's about.

Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine - (I love this series <3). Girl moves to small town for college, town is ruled by vampires with strict rules (blood donations for protection people wear a bracelet showing by who they're claimed, etc.). The series evolves into quite a different story though where the oldest most powerful vampires fight for Morganville and Claire has to help one side. Also great secondary storyline of guy who is ghost becomes vampire and the Glass Houses with portals around town and this mad professor type vampire who runs the town behind-the-scenes with crazy machinery. Oh and there's also a storyline of some of the vampires getting a disease which Claire has to find a cure for.

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice - classic series.

Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead - It tells the story of Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway, a seventeen-year-old Dhampir girl, who is training to be a bodyguard for her Moroi best friend, Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir. In the process of learning how to defeat Strigoi (the undead and evil vampires) in St. Vladimir's Academy, Rose finds herself caught in a forbidden romance with her handsome instructor, Dimitri Belikov, while having an unbreakable bond with Lissa. (thank you Wikipedia)

House of Night by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast - It follows the adventures of Zoey Redbird, a sixteen-year-old girl who has just become a fledgling Vampyre and is required to attend the House of Night boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (wikipedia)

And that's all I can think of :/ Tbh the supernatural genre has exploded but not necessarily the vampire one (LOTS of angels, zombies, werewolves and pixies nowadays). Sure there are loads of single books about vampires but not many series that I know of.

Date: 2011-01-24 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blurredlights.livejournal.com
Doesn't "True Blood" go by the title "Sookie Stackhouse books"?

Date: 2011-01-24 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canadian-turtle.livejournal.com
I have never read the books so I don't know. But Jules watches the TV-show so I figure she knows what I mean as well as the general storyline ;)

Date: 2011-01-25 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] decadentdream.livejournal.com
Yep, I think it was originally called the Southern Vampire series or something... but they now are known as the "Sookie Stackhouse" books. [livejournal.com profile] canadian_turtle knows me well enough to make VERY subtle references to stuff I already know about. ;)

Date: 2011-01-24 10:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thiefofcamorr.livejournal.com
I haven't really read many, so I'm not much help D: But maybe perusing the paranormal romance section of the bookstore could help?

http://www.dymocks.com.au/VirtualStore/LandingPage.aspx?Store=top10paranormal&Ne=40&N=4294967217+50

Date: 2011-01-24 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gossy16.livejournal.com
DRACULA. lol. Not taking place in a school, obviously.

The Vampire Diairies, by LJ Smith. You know what that's about, too. I think the TV show has some notable differences with the book (such as, for instance, there is no Jeremy in the book series and Elena, who is blonde, has a 4-y-o sister).

My own FAVORITE FAVORITE though, was YOU SUCK! A Love Story by Christopher Moore. There's more books in the series, but that's the only one I've read. I really loved that a) it was jam-packed with humor, b) it was told from a male POV which is a nice change, and c) it took place in San Francisco ♥
Edited Date: 2011-01-24 12:08 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-01-24 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canadian-turtle.livejournal.com
I knew I was forgetting a series I know: The Vampire Diaries, d'uh!

Date: 2011-01-25 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] decadentdream.livejournal.com
Yup, pretty much had VD covered too ;)

Date: 2011-01-24 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] original-lie.livejournal.com
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. The best, and really - for me - the only vampire series there is.

Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. More adult and smut than most but not all about vamps. There's valkyrie, lykae, demons, witches, etc. It's more about relationships and a great up and coming battle.

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The only book (other than a few of Anne Rice's) that concentrates on human/vampire friendship over romance. Surprisingly also one of the darker books.

And of course Bram Stoker's Dracula.

I don't know I really hate the way the market has changed. For me vampires will always be like Anne Rice's.

Date: 2011-01-24 12:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] be-found.livejournal.com
Found myself over here via ,[livejournal.com profile] canadian_turtle

Fangland by John Marks which is a reimagined version of Dracula set in part at a news studio in post 9/11 New York

The Joe Pitt Casebook Novels by Charlie Huston, a series of books set in modern day new york but with the main character as a Vampire Private Invesigtator. Written in the style of noir crime books of the 1930s.

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Young boy in Sweden befriends young girl who happens to be a vampire. Definitely not Twilight, pretty dark and messed up.

The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas, I'm currently reading this, its several stories about the same vampire Dr. Edward Weyland isn't your typical hot vampire seducing the ladies, but he does find himself mixed up with several different humans along the way.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. The book is way better than the movie. Best summed up as Vampire Zombies!

Date: 2011-01-24 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hobbitofkobol.livejournal.com
Here via canadian_turtle!

I read the True Blood series which has already been mentioned here.

Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore is pretty awesome. Haven't read the sequels yet.

I really liked the 1st novel of the Parasol Protectorate series, Soulless. It's describes as steampunk paranormal romance and it's fun. It's a AU taking place in Victorian England where vampires and werewolves are part of society. The heroine is very capable and has two things that make her stand apart: she's soulless and she's unmarried at 27. She accidentally kills a vampire and she gets suspected in other disappearances so she's investigating this mystery with a werewolf.

Date: 2011-01-24 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sabaceanbabe.livejournal.com
I recced some vampire books on my LJ a few months ago: The Joe Pitt Casefiles by Charlie Huston

Hopefully that will have enough info to be helpful. :)

Date: 2011-01-25 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellehwho.livejournal.com
Cassandra Palmer Series by Karen Chance - blurb from the first book: Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire-and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay...


Dark Ones series by Katie MacAlister - Is about "vampires" who don't call themselves Vampires but Dark Ones and are actually born like this or made by a demon lord. There are three types, the females who are called Morivian, males who have a soul and males who don't have a soul and need to find their beloved (soulmate) who can fetch it back for them. These are more romantic comedies and I truly enjoy reading them.

The Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian - A race of ancient aliens who crashed on the planet and went about in bloodlust and rage only to find out that they could father children with a special kind of human females (breedmates) who wear a teardrop falling in a crescent moon birthmark. They are the only ones amongst our kind who are able to give birth to the Breed.

Jaz Parks Series by Jennifer Rardin - Blurb from the first book: I’m Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that’s ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best–assassination. And I help. You could say I’m an Assistant Assassin. But then I’d have to kick your ass. I love these books!

The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey - It's about a vampire family, the Drakes. Each book will follow a sibling and tell their tale in this family. The books do follow each other up as they start where the other left off but then told from a different sibling.

I'm not at home right now so can't really recollect what other vampire books I have but these are the ones not mentioned in here yet =P

Date: 2011-02-01 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] romancebuff.livejournal.com
Lyndsay Sands has an excellent series about the Argeneu family; vampires that live in Canada and they are descendants of Atlantis. Basically they got fangs and stuff after Atlantis fell but before that they were injected with nanos in order to fight illnesses.

Mary Janice Davidson also has a wonderful, mostly funny series under the name Undead and..., the last book is quite a bit darker than the rest but don't know if it's the last one in the series.

Date: 2011-02-02 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sherrilina.livejournal.com
One series I haven't seen mentioned (which were bestsellers a few years ago, but might have disappeared a bit now) are the Den of Shadows novels by Amelia Atewater-Rhodes (who wrote the first one when she was 14, but they're not too bad).

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Den-of-Shadows-Quartet/Amelia-Atwater-Rhodes/e/9780385738941/

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