January is blood donor month. Blood Donation is an important, life-saving thing AND it gives you cookies. The Red Cross will hook you up with where to donate in your area. I don't know that many books about blood donation, or where donating or transfusions play a major part. If you do, please let me know in the comments! Except, there is a huge character populating in YA literature that depends on blood and blood donors, both willing and not-- vampires. So here are some vampire books to check out! More to come tomorrow.
Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe) by Kimberly Pauley. Mina has the same problems many high schoolers do--too much homework and the inability to speak around her crush. But after school, Mina has to take vampire classes so she can decide if she wants to be a vampire, like her parents, or stay human, but lose her family. Be sure to check out the sequel, Still Sucks to Be Me: The All-true Confessions of Mina Smith, Teen Vampire.
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. High school is hard enough, but when a (very hot) foreign exchange student shows up claiming that you're a vampire princess and he's your fiance? And that you need to assume the throne soon to end a vampire war? Well, Jessica's life just got that much more difficult. To see what happens next, the sequel is Jessica Rules the Dark Side.
Got Fangs? by Katie Maxwell. Fran is touring Europe with her mother in the GothFaire-- a circus where everyone really is paranormal. As if that weren't weird enough, her mother is pressuring Fran to use her secret talents and a vampire has shown up, claiming Fran is his beloved and she can lift his curse. Continue the adventure with Circus of the Darned.
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. These vampires aren't just the rich children of New York's elite, but they actually embody fallen angels-- those that left Heaven with Lucifer, but changed their minds before entering Hell. Plenty of mean girl politics, entangled romances, and an alternate explanation for large portions of history make this long-running series smart and fun. The final installment, Gates of Paradise, comes out later this month.
Vamped by Lucienne Driver. When Gina gets turned into a vamp after making out with the wrong boy after prom, she's thrust into the middle of a vampire war staring her friends. But, there's no reason why everyone can't look amazing while fighting, right? The first in a series, the fourth installment, Fangtabulous comes out next week.
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey. Solange is a female vampire with seven older brothers. An ancient prophecy saying she'll be queen puts her life in danger from multiple sources. Luckily, she has a best (human) friend to keep her grounded and help her deal. The first in the Drake Chronicles, the next one, Blood Feud focuses on Logan, one of Solange's brothers.
Bite Me! by Melissa Francis. AJ has problems-- she had to break up with her boyfriend, because he's now her step brother. Oh, and she might have accidentally turned one of her classmates into a vampire, and now he won't leave her alone. What's a vampire girl to do? Check out the sequel, Love Sucks!.
Drain You by M. Beth Bloom. Southern California in the 1990s. Quinn has no plans besides sleeping all summer and hanging out by the pool, until she meets bad boy James. But, of course, James isn't just bad, he's evil. And not human.
Fang Girl by Helen Keeble. Janie is the ultimate vampire romance junkie. Until she turnes into one. It turns out that paranormal YA books and fan fiction can't prepare you for vampire reality.
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld. When Cal lost his virginity, he caught the vampire parasite and has since passed it on to his subsequent girlfriends. He didn't become a vampire, but they did and now he has to track them down. And kill them. Don't miss the companion novel, The Last Days.
Don't despair if I missed your favorites, there will be more vampires tomorrow, and more come Halloween time, but, just in case, leave me a comment to tell me what they are.
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