Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
In this book, there are two major types of vampires: the Moroi and the Strigoi. While the Moroi are considered the "good" vampires, have the ability to use magic, and only drink donations of blood given to them, the Strigoi are evil and kill for the blood they need. The mix of humans and Moroi vampires are called Dhampirs. Since Dhampirs are naturally faster and have better reflexes than the Moroi, they are trained to be Guardians for the Moroi. St. Vladimir Academy is where both Moroi and Dhampirs attend to train for their futures.
Lissa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway are best friends who have, somehow, escaped from the Academy and have been living on their own for the past two years. While one is a Moroi and the other is a Dhampir, both work together to protect each other from the dangers they each face. That is, until they are caught and thrown back into St. Vladimir Academy.
This novel has the best of both worlds in regards to the various ways vampires are portrayed. Whether you already like vampires or despise them based on previous encounters with vampire novels, you will enjoy this book. It is funny, witty, and entertaining. With the amazing plots and fantastic heroines you won't be able to help being sucked into this novel.
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Bloodlines is the enthralling spin-off series of Vampire Academy that follows the adventures of characters we did not see much of in the previous series. Rather than Rose and Lissa, this book follows an alchemist named Sydney. Alchemists are a group of humans with magical abilities who strive to protect vampire secrets along with human lives. However, Sydney's last encounter with vampires was not a positive one, especially considering how her allegiances are now being questioned. Sydney is not surprised when she taken from her own bed in the middle of the night, thinking she is going to be punished for what happened, but she is shocked when she finds out the true reason. The royal Jill Dragomir is in mortal danger, and Sydney has been called upon to protect her. As soon as they are sent off to human boarding school, they know this mission will not be as easy as it first seemed.
This is the perfect novel to pick up as soon as you finish the Vampire Academy series. It has the same qualities, but new characters and a fresh story to be told. It contains all the snarky banter, strong heroines, and thrilling action that is deeply loved in its companion series. If you enjoy reading about variations from the traditional vampire and learning more about the world set in Vampire Academy, then this is the perfect book to sink your teeth into.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Tana lives in an alternate world where vampires not only exist, but are known to exist by humans. To deal with the problem of vampiric overpopulation, the U.S. government has created places called Coldtowns, quarantines for vampires (that have been caught by bounty hunters) and humans (who desire to be changed into vampires). The catch is, once you have entered a Coldtown, you can never leave, whether you are an innocent human or a venomous vampire. Tana is the type of person who would never consider visiting a Coldtown, until the fateful morning when she wakes up the morning after a party as one of the sole survivors of a massacre that had taken place the night before. The only other living people in the house are her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious boy, both of whom she has to save before the sun sets and the vampires come back for an after-snack.
If you want a new twist on the cliched vampire stories, then this is the perfect book for you. From the very first page, you are immediately transported into a new world with different norms and new rules. There are many great novels, but nothing like this urban fantasy that mixes in vampires, drama, and road trips in a fantastic blend called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Another great aspect of this book is how there are different types of relationships, rather than only the stereotypical one that we see in a lot of literature. Next time you stop by the library, make sure to check this book out as your next victim!
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Pearl is your typical sixteen-year old vampire: mostly evil, favors blood over hamburgers, and is deathly afraid of sunlight. That is, until the night when a sparkly unicorn magically appears and stabs her through the heart. Strangely enough, she survives being staked, and acquires new abilities as well. No longer is she bound to spending her waking hours in the night, and she, for the first time, begins feeling emotions she thought belonged only to humans. With her new abilities, Pearl is now expected to attend high school in order to lure an entree of humans as the King's feast to a ball. However, things get complicated when she finds herself in friendships with humans and when her new conscience comes into play.
At first, this book can be brushed off as another cliche vampire novel. However, this is hardly the case once you open the book. Right off the bat, you will be shocked by not only how unique this book is, but the harshness and honesty of it as well. Plus, it has something we don't see in many books- unicorns! This is definitely the book for you if you enjoy snarky humor, are prepared to face a few mind-blowing plot twists, and want an extra level of depth in terms of what it means to be human (or a vampire for that matter).
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Of course, we have to end this with one of the most influential vampire novels of all time, Twilight. Bella Swan has just moved to Forks, Washington in order to live wither her dad. However, things get a little shaken up in this small town when she meets the mysterious Edward Cullen. It is clear from the beginning that they can never be together, but as Bella's feelings grow more intense with every day, she can't help but be drawn to Edward and find out what his secret is. With all odds against them, they still find themselves unable to resist each other. But with Bella's safety in danger, there is no guarantee that they will make it through what life throws at them.
Although Twilight does have a not-so pretty reputation by many, it is still one of the most influential books in Young Adult history. There are many cliches and the writing is not at the same level as something you would read for a school assignment, but that is the beauty of it. The best way to enjoy this book is to read it when you want something light and fluffy that will not only keep you entertained, but leave an imprint on your heart forever. This is a beloved classic to many, and for good reason! Twilight will not leave you disappointed. After all, it is a love story with a bite!