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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Countdown to Halloween: Vampires

We're counting down the days to Halloween by looking at different paranormal creatures. Today, it's vampires!

    

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. After a party, Tana wakes up, surrounded by corpses. Her boyfriend is a newly infected vampire and there's only one solution-- to take him to a Coldtown-- a place where monsters are quarantined. But if she takes him there, she can never return.

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. Seven tales take place at different points in time, with different characters, including ghosts and vampires. They're all on the island of Blessed, and they're all linked, somehow.

Soulless by Gail Carriger. Alexia Tarabotti is a half-Italian blue-stocking spinster in Victorian London. Every knows that. What not every knows is that she has no soul. In a London teeming with vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, Alexia can turn them mortal with a mere touch. But lately, random vampires are attacking her, and others have disappeared. They're after Alexia, too, but only if she doesn't find them first. The first in a delightful series, follow it with Changeless.

    

iDrakula by Bekka Black. The original was written in journals, letters, and newspapers, so it makes sense to tell his modern version in blog, email, IM, and tweets. Check out the sequel, iFrankenstein.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. When Bella moves to Forks to live with her father, she becomes romantically involved with Edward-- a vampire. But a human/vampire relationship is complicated from both sides.

The Awakening by LJ Smith. Elena is the queen bee of school and likes Stefan. Stefan likes her too, but is staying away because he knows it can't end well. Damon is Stefan's brother, and will do anything for revenge. The first in a series, follow it with The Struggle.

    

Romeo & Juliet & Vampires by William Shakespeare and Claudia Gabel. Ever wonder why the Montagues and Capulets hate each other so much? Well, in this version, the Capulets are vampires, and the Montagues are slayers.

Revealers by Amanda Marrone. By day, Jules and her friends are normal high school students. By night, they are revealers-- making vampires, ghosts, and other monsters reveal themselves so they can be slain. Jules is the youngest and as her friends turn 18, they're granted access to the inner circle of the coven-- something that they won't talk about, in a way that Jules knows shows that something is very, very wrong.

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. Yuki was saved from vampires and adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy. She know works to protect the academy's secrets, protecting the day class (normal students) from the night class (vampires.) This is the first volume of a long-running manga series.

We also covered vampires for in January (blood donor month) here and here. What other books would you add?

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