It is time for another Top Reads post and today it is a bit of a throwback to the foundation of YA, Vampire themed books. I have read quite a few vampire books over the years, like many others, they were my first taste of the YA genre. So today I am going to be talking about my Top Vampire Themed Reads. For all of these books, Vampires are a major, if not main, theme. Let’s do this.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyers
It’s a classic and it has to be included on this list. unpopular opinion coming up, I like Twilight. Always have done, always will do. I read the series back to back, fell in love with it and have read it several times since. I don’t care. I know it’s not particularity well written, or original, I know the characters are kind of flat and boring, I know it is full of tropes and blah, but you know what, there is just something about those books. There is a reason so many people have read them. this is the series that introduced me to YA and I do still like it, even if it is kind of crap.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Vampires are not the main theme in these books, they aren’t even the main supernatural beings, but they do feature a lot in these books, particularly in the later books and I think they should be included on this list. The vampires in the Shadowhunter world are really interesting. They are blend of classic vampires and more modern interpretations of them. you get the best of both with them. I would actually love to see a Shadowhunter book that features heavily around vampires. I think Clare does them really well. If you want a story that features vampires but isn’t souly about them, check out The Mortal Instruments.
The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey
This is a series of 6 (I think) books surrounding the Drake family. Consisting of 7 brothers and 1 sister, this is no ordinary family, they are vampires. Originally supposed to be a longer series. Each book centres around a different sibling and another character (told from alternative POV), as the pair fall for each other. You watch each couple fall in love but also as a larger story unfolds involving the sister. I have read 4 of these books and loved them all. I don’t know what it is about this series, but they really draw you in. I think it is because the vampires in this book work. They make sense and have rich backstories and histories. I don’t know. What I do know if that I love these books. I am still planning to finish this series, I am actually thinking of completely re-reading it in 2018 and reading the last 2 books.
The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Cain
I read the first four books in this series about 5 years ago now and I loved them. the only reason why I didn’t continue with them is because at the time I could not get hold of a copy of the fifth book. The main storyline of these books focuses on a town run by vampires, although most humans don’t know this. The vamps in this series are fairly traditional but with a few modern twists, which is what I liked about it. it didn’t feel like any vampire books I had read before. I do still vaguely plan to continue reading this series, although at this point I will have to re-read them all to continue.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
This is the mother of all vampire books, so I had to include it on the list. How can I have a post about vampire books and not include Dracula? I mean, it has to be done. I never intended to read this book, mainly because, I knew the story. We all know the story. But I picked it up one a whim and I ended up loving it. it is told in a different style to what I was expecting, the story was dark and creepy and different to what I was expecting. It was just the ultimate vampire themed book. A must read.
The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
I was debating whether or not to include this series on the list, mainly because I have only read the first book. But I decided to anyway. The Southern Vampire Mysteries (also known as ‘The True Blood Novels ‘and ‘The Sookie Stackhouse Novels’) are a very adult vampire series. Obviously, as I have only read the first book I can’t go into too much detail about them but essentially they follow Sookie Stackhouse and her life as she learns more about the supernatural world and learns her place in it all. I loved the first book and I own the like 8, so I fully intend to read the rest of them.
The Blood Of Eden by Julie Kagawa
This is the most recent vampire book/series that I have read. These books are set in a world where a deadly virus, Red Lung, has wiped out the majority of humanity and Vampires now rule. You follow 16-year-old Ally as she fights to survive and find her place in this horrific world and a cure. There are so many twists and turns in these books and such an interesting world. I have never read a Vampire based Post-Apocalyptic book before this trilogy and it is brilliant. It just works so well. The vampires make sense. They have complex back story; they are fairly traditional but with a few twists. They are just brilliant. Really underrated.
And there we have it. those where my top vampire themed reads. What are your top ones? Are there any that you think I should check out? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.