Sunday, January 6, 2013

January is Blood Donor Month: Vampires Part 2

Continuing from yesterday, we have more vampires in honor of of the fact that January is Blood Donor month.


Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabriel Soria and Warren Pleece. Just because you're a vampire doesn't mean you're not still a loser. Dave was turned by his boss, who now forces him to work the night shift every night, until the end of time. The girl he's in love with is in love with his nemesis and wants to become a vampire. If only he could tell her it's not at all what it's cracked up to be.

Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233 by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman. Unable to deal with her father's death or the fact she's failing, Cathy decides to focus her energies investigating why Victor broke up with her, but the more she discovers, the weirder and more dangerous things get. Told in journal format, many of the clues Cathy discovers are included as ephemera and readers can crack voice mail passwords to listent to calls and messages to gain further insight, although it's not necessary to enjoy or understand the story. The entire trilogy is currently available. The second volume is Cathy's Key: If Found 650-266-8202.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice by Christopher Pike. This omnibus edition re-releases the first three novels in the classic Last Vampire series. Sita is the only vampire left, originally hailing from India and over 5,000 years old. All she wants is to protect her identity, something that she's been able to do so far, but might not be able to for much longer. The first two volumes re-release the original 6-book series, but Pike has started the series back up, with each new volume as long as 3 of the originals. The series finally wraps up in March with The Sacred Veil.

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block. Charlotte Emerson became a vampire to dull the pain of her twin's death. 100 years later, her best friend is dead and Charlotte may be turning back into a human. A century is a long time to be alone, and a long time to dwell on regrets and grief.


Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. New Whitby was founded by vampires and they live with humans, although each keeps to their own kind. Mel doesn't trust them, so when her best friend falls in love with one, she's determined to end it.

The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa. Allie lives on the edges of society, just trying to survive as a human in a world run by vampires. Ironically, once she is turned into one, her survival will depend on her ability to pass as human. The sequel, The Eternity Cure comes out in April.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer. Vlad has always known he was half-vampire, but what that's means, he's never been sure. School is bad enough with bullies, an English teacher that may know too much, but with Vlad's growing thirst for blood, things aren't about to improve anytime soon. The first in a series, there's also a companion series, told by Vlad's ex-friend-turned-slayer. It starts with First Kill.

Thirsty by M. T. Anderson. Chris is turning into a vampire. Vamps aren't unknown, but they are hated. Will his friends and his family turn on him the moment they discover his secret? When a stranger offers him a chance to become human again, Chris takes it, only to find that his actions of consequences beyond his imagining.


Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie. The Cursed Ones (vampires) are taking over the world. Many humans are going with it, but Jenn's trained as a vampire hunter and is intent on taking them down, both to save her kidnapped sister, and all of humanity. Keep up with the action in the next in the series, Damned.

Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson. Starting at a new boarding school, Alex learns that Van Helsing isn't just a last name, it's a legacy. Descended from legendary vampire hunters, Alex has uncanny instincts when it comes to hunting supernaturals. He needs them, too, because two of his friends have been taken, and he needs to get them back while they're still human. The first in a series, Alex's story continues in Voice of the Undead.

There will be more vampires and other paranormal coming in October. Which vampire novels are not to be missed?

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