Without the advice and sacrifice of her grandmother, Sue would surely deteriorate into a demonic dirt-sleeper. How will she cope when her grandmother dies? Saul manages to escape from a boot camp for teen offenders, only to land in a far worse spot: the front seat of a sleek sedan driven by Marley and Dutch, gorgeous siblings with dazzling smiles and a demonic will to party.
The ink prevents them from eating him, and Saul will have his chance to be a hero. Courtesy counts, even if you plan to kill your guests and drink their blood. As the pair entertain a potential mate, their maker, Mr. DuChamp enters and spoils the whole party. Reminiscent of Anne Rice, the veteran authors paint a gorgeous American Gothic tale with a cool sensitivity to the perils and perks of being undead.
Highly recommended for 6 th grade to adult. Contains: mild violence, veiled sexual and drug references. Available: New. The series takes place in Morganville, a Texas town run by vampires, and the heroine is Claire Danvers, a young student who is attending Texas Prairie University. As such, the series covers a wide variety of the tropes of urban fantasy and YA fiction, with some flair and originality. The Morganville Vampires books are very much a series, with each book ending on a cliffhanger, which is picked up at the beginning of the next.
Ghost Town follows on from Kiss of Death Book Eight , and also picks up narrative threads from earlier books. It focuses on a new problem for the humans and vampires of Morganville: they begin to mysteriously lose their memories. Claire, who is unaffected, must discover whether this is the result of the vampire disease that plagued the town in previous books, or of the destruction of malfunctioning sentient computer Ada which ended Book Eight.
Ghost Town has fewer episodes of fighting and peril than some of the earlier Morganville Vampires books, and is somewhat slower in pace. Ghost Town offers a nice counterpoint to this. This is a nice, and quite unusual, twist in the standard characterization of YA vampire fiction. While Ghost Town is not the strongest of the Morganville novels, it is a must-read for those who have followed the series thus far. Ghost Town is recommended for purchase, and belongs alongside other YA vampire titles. Contains: Some sexual references. Destined by Morgan Rice. Morgan Rice, ISBN Destined is the fourth book in The Vampire Journals series.
Caitlin finds herself alone in the northern state of Umbria. This perplexes her as she was expecting to land with Caleb, who is nowhere to be found. Caleb is in this time, but, as will be seen, is not the same man she knew. Kyle and Sam have both found their own ways back to this time in Italy.
Each has their own agenda. I was a little uncertain of this book, because going back in time felt a little weird at first, but I must say it became a very rousing story, and serves as an excellent if bittersweet adventure. This book is recommended for those who like a paranormal romance, or good historical fiction, or even an action packed adventure. Contains: Violence, gore, profanities.
Reviewed by: Benjamin Franz. Of course, his major crush, Meredith, seems to prefer his best friend, Henry. Life serves insult to injury. When their teacher, Mr. Who is this guy? Can he possibly know what Vlad really is? This element twists and complicates the plot of Eighth Grade Bites and turns it into a much larger work, capable of supporting its several sequels. Heather Brewer writes in a brisk, natural diction, relying on her realistic, understated characters to ensnare readers.
Her humor lightens the mood of some very dark circumstances, even through the considerable suspense she creates. Lessons about bullying, loss, independence, and the larger forces working to squash the individual are well-stated and make the Vlad Chronicles great reading for all ages.
Highly recommended for all collections, ages 4 th grade and up. Contains: mild violence, understated vampire attacks. This one is a little bleaker and a bit more tragic, as we start into the really serious and down part of the story. After she was nearly killed by the sword, Caitlin Paine has been turned into a full vampire by Caleb. Meanwhile Kyle, who now possesses the sword, unleashes his revenge against his coven and starts a great battle in the city of New York, spreading the bubonic plague across the island of Manhattan.
Caleb, for his part, must find a way to battle Kyle before he becomes too powerful and eradicates the good vampires from their castle in the Cloisters of Washington Heights. On Pollepell Island, Caitlin trains as a warrior as she considers her feelings towards Caleb. She must decide what to do about this war, as she is the chosen one. I found this volume a bit different in tone than the first two.
This one feels a bit more high stakes and serious. Whereas the first two volumes had more a cracking open mysteries and adventuring feel to them, Betrayed focuses on the here and now: the battle for Manhattan and all of New York City. I would not recommend trying to pick up this book first, though: too much has already happened. Highly recommended for fans of vampire novels, particularly traditional vampire novels. Loved by Morgan Rice.
Available: Paperback and Kindle ebook. Loved is the second installment in T he Vampire Journals series, and explores the further adventures of Caitlin Paine, and her new vampire friend Caleb. As was discovered in the first book Turned , Caitlin is a half-breed: her father a vampire, her mother a human. She possesses vampiric strength and thirst, but has yet to learn any other things about herself as a half-breed.
Currently, she and Caleb are out looking for the sword, a Turkish weapon which can kill vampires. However, Caitlin and Caleb must first unwind riddles of her heritage, including an actual riddle concerning a rose and a thorn. They also are not the only ones looking for this sword.
Kyle, the evil vampire who nearly killed Caitlin the last time around, has taken a boy that Caitlin accidentally turned into a vampire to hunt her and the sword. The first book, Turned was quite good. Loved is actually a stronger book. Although described as paranormal romance, I found it equal parts romance and action. The action is intense and gripping, much like in any of the Blade films.
Caitlin is a kick-ass heroine, and her story reads very well. Turned by Morgan Rice. Morgan Rice Books, Turned tells the story of Caitlin Paine, and is the first book in the Vampire Journals series. Caitlin, an 18 year old from a broken home, has been relocated many times over her short life, and now finds herself in the neighborhoods of Harlem and Bronx in New York City. Without giving too much away, Caitlin has vampiric powers that show up at times of great stress — for instance, when she is about to be beaten to death by a gang — but whenever her powers turn on she immediately needs to refuel, and the only food that works is human blood.
We meet and hang with Caitlin on the worst and yet most incredible day of her life, as she meets all sorts of vampires, learns how to feed, and starts to understand her place in the world. To tell any more of this story would ruin a fast-paced, well-written, action-packed horror novel which really blew me away. This is very promising stuff.
This book is highly recommended, particularly if you like fantasy-horror, Hellboy adventures, and anything with a kick-ass girl as the protagonist. Contains: profanity, violence, gruesome imagery. Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez. Tom Doherty Associates, Rockwood is no ordinary Western podunk town. She fights off zombies, ignores the ghosts in the nearby cemetery, and will clean that persistent blood puddle from the carpet one more time. A vampire and a werewolf, especially down-home handy ones, are great to have around.
Something big is about to go down, and the paranormal happenings are revving up. Tammy, a teenage necromancer, is busy ripping open a gaping hole in the fabric of space so the old gods can emerge, destroy the world in a bloody Armageddon, and make her an evil goddess. No wonder the place is so weird. The anti-heroes, Earl and Duke, are lonely, understated, regular guys. Duke is a hairy gentle giant with a smooth way with animals, and Earl is the weakest, least attractive vampire ever written. Together, with their fearless spectral terrier, Napoleon, the three misfits manage to save the world.
I laughed out loud throughout the novel. Martinez has a sharp, sarcastic wit and a great talent for dark comedy. Gore and sexual content are frequent but mild, though Tammy and her minion boyfriend, Chad, have a few racy encounters. Martinez never seriously threatens us with loss of our favorite characters, assuring the reader constantly of body part regeneration, and wielding comic relief even during the darkest moments. The story is creative and brisk, making this a great choice for multi-age light reading. Unfortunately, Martinez uses profanity abundantly, creating a dilemma for recommending the novel for everyone.
Without this careless misuse of vocabulary, Gil's would serve a broader audience. Recommended for YA collections in public libraries. Contains: profanity, mild sexual content, comic violence. The Parliament of Blood by Justin Richards. Bloomsbury, Victorian London Darker still, an influential, exclusive society known as the Damnation Club meets in ancient caverns deep underneath Westminster. Membership requires an invitation… and the loss of your mortal soul.
The head of the order is a mysterious, skeletal, coachman who collects orphaned boys to serve as undead minions; his followers are Vampire. They await the awakening of their all-powerful master, one who will bring them out of the darkness to rule over humanity. His dear friend, the lovely Liz, and his spirited young charge, Eddie, become entangled in the gruesome mystery as their friends and associates succumb to the club and become blood-drinking immortals.
He sustains palpable suspense throughout, and manages to scare the reader just enough to make it fun. Best of all, his characters are masterfully developed, investing the reader completely in his story. He creates just the right amount of sympathy for those who are lost, but leaves our heroes intact. Eddie is an Artful Dodger figure whose confidence and spunk make him a fearless and attractive hero; he plays well against the steady, mild-mannered George. Contains: nothing overtly objectionable. Strange Angels by Lili St.
Crow pseudonym for Lilith Saintcrow. Razorbill, Available New and Used.
In the first book in her Strange Angels series, St. Crow gives us a compelling story that easily stands up against any adult urban fantasy series. Here is the cast of supernatural creatures in this world:. Just before they "bloom" into their full powers, their blood is irresistible to vampires and djamphir. They are considered to be queens of the supernatural world. Our heroine is a svetocha. They are the princes of the werwulfen world. As Strange Ang els begins, the teenage heroine, Dru Anderson, has accompanied her monster-hunting father to a small Dakota town where he is on the trail of a big-time bad guy.
When her dad is killed, Dru is suddenly on her own. Her Mom and Gran are already dead her mom's death becomes very important as the series continues , so Dru is truly an orphan. Dru and her new Goth boyfriend, Graves also an orphan , try to make the best of their tattered lives, but the bad guys keep interfering, and Dru really wants to find out who or what killed her dad. Not long after Graves has a life-changing encounter with a werwulfen, a new guy enters the picture: Christophe, a djamphir who looks like a teen but is actually about years old.
Christophe claims that he wants to help Dru, but can she trust him? By the end of the book, Dru has had a face-to-fact encounter with her dad's killer, has learned that she is a bit more than human, and has been whisked away to a special school where she will be trained to handle her future powers. Now, let's get to the love interests. Dru and Graves have a deep attraction to one another—a gentle attraction.
Dru and Christophe have more of a smoking hot attraction, mixed with a healthy dose of Dru's distrust. If you're looking for a solid urban fantasy series with strong plots and interesting characters, I highly recommend this one. The characters have all of the adventures found in any typical urban fantasy, with plenty of bruises and broken bones and a bit of veiled sensuality. The books should definitely be read in order. Contains: graphic violence in monster-fighting scenes but no sex.
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Betrayals by Lili St. Betrayals , the second book in the Strange Angels series, begins moments after the first book ends, with Dru and Graves at the New England schola, which is run by the Order, the ruling council. Christophe is sure that there is a traitor in the Order, and it soon appears that there is also a traitor in the schola. The vampires keep attacking and heading straight for Dru, and by the end of the book, Dru's little group is on the run, heading for the main schola in New York City.
As the story progresses, Dru discovers that Christophe is kind of an outlaw. He comes from an unsavory family and is suspected of some nefarious activities, and Dru is never quite sure if she can trust him. Highly recommended, but must be read in order. Jealousy by Lili St. Dru soon learns that the beautiful Anna—the only other svetocha in existence—is the head of the Order's Council and seems to hate Dru with every fiber of her being.
Christophe has disappeared, so Dru and Graves are on their own, defending themselves against a variety of dangers and becoming more and more attracted to one another. As the suspense deepens, the vampires come searching for Dru, but Christophe shows up and runs them off. Unfortunately, in all the excitement, Graves disappears. By the end of the book, Dru has been badly injured, and the Council has two new members. Defiance by Lili St. As Defiance fourth book in the Strange Angels series begins, Graves is still missing, and Dru's relationship with Christophe is heating up, even though she sleeps each night wrapped in Graves's tattered black coat.
The sensuality simmers a bit more in this book than in the previous three, but there are no sexual scenes. Defiance doesn't have quite the charm and action level of the first three. Dru spends much of her time training as she waits impatiently for her "blooming. Finally, Dru catches Christophe in some lies, and she has had enough. When she gets some new information about Graves's whereabouts, she strikes out on her own to rescue him, knowing that she will have to face down the terrible Sergej, King of the Vampires, if she intends to survive.
By the end of the book, Dru has turned her back on the Order—and on Christophe. At one point in mid-story, Dru is violently attacked by a many-tentacled red monster, but that incident appears without context and seems to have no connection to anything else in the story. Perhaps it will be explained in the upcoming fifth and final book, Reckoning. Available: New and Used. Amy was born a vampire, but raised by humans until she was a teenager, so she understands the confusions young blood-suckers often face. For instance, it is perfectly fine for a girl to bite a boy on the first date, but under no circumstances should the boy be allowed to drink her blood until at least the third.
The exception is a male who was contracted at birth to be her mate; however, in that case, he could end up dead, unless he meets with her approval. Humans are not worth dating; changing them into undead pets can only lead to trouble. Males and elder females, especially alphas, must be respected, and family members should never be killed while in the home nest. She also dispels several human propagated myths, such as immortality--vampires are only a very long-lived species.
Mirrors are completely useful, they allow the application of makeup. It is not the eyes, but special purring vocal chords that hypnotize and calm others, easing life within the nest, or soothing a frantic human dinner guest. The text is very sexual, but carefully non-explicit. Several of her pointers provide good tongue-in-cheek advice to human teens, and her fashion sense is spot on. Fangs Rule is beautifully illustrated by Mah in manga style, with several color plates. The cover art and one beautifully done piece of Amy and her bestie friend, Ice, sitting in a fantasy hot springs are framable.
Highly recommended for 12 - adult. Luxuria by Nicci Sefton. Total Publishing, Derrick Clark is a handsome poet who just got lucky at his new school. He will be sharing classes with Annabell Crystal, one of three exceptional sisters who have enslaved Madison Prep High with their beauty, charm and talent. Derrick is instantly captivated by Annabell, and the attraction could be fatal. Roxanne, a student whose boyfriend disappeared after attending a mysterious party thrown by the Crystals, has done her research.
Derrick gains access to her diary, and learns almost more than he can bear. Nothing can stop his growing affection, however, and, despite serious misgivings about having a relationship with a human, Annabell finally comes to love him. Nicci Sefton began writing Luxuria, the first book in her Deadly Sins Series , as a high school sophomore, finishing it in her senior year.
This gives her writing a definite viewpoint advantage, and her limited third person narration is buoyant and sprinkled with direct address, making her voice fresh and very natural. She also produced the dramatic and sensuous cover-art. However, closer style editing, grammar, syntax and even spelling, would improve the work. The story and characters are very closely influenced by other, best-selling vampire novels; at times uncomfortably close.
These passages of historical fiction are strong and passionate, and the book is strengthened by them. The violence and sexual content is very mild and the novel is well suited to younger readers, who are just dipping into vampire literature. The sequel, Invidia , was published directly following, and many of the rough edges were improved.
Contains: mild sexual content and mild violence. Invidia by Nicci Sefton. Annabell Crystal has the world at the tip of her beautiful, lethal fangs. She has vanquished an evil presence, assumed her rightful heritage as the queen of the vampires, preserved her virtue, and accepted the human, Derrick, as the love of her life and her probable king. Immortality never looked so good.
Donavon has long been infatuated with the mysterious and powerful young queen. The Crystal family, along with Derrick and his best friend, Paul, will stop at nothing to save her. The pursuit and battle between the families is vigorous and well described, and Sefton includes several plot twists and a very complex historical narrative. Romance is intensified, and the climax is modern and vividly imagined, set at an outdoor rock concert.
Readers can clearly anticipate a sequel. However, as in Luxuria , the story and much of the character development is very heavily influenced by other, best-selling vampire series. Also, though improved, stylistic errors in grammar, syntax and spelling continue to damage the writing throughout the novel. Contains: mild violence, mild profanity, and sexual content.
Immortal: Love Stories with Bite edited by P. Your vampire readers are going to eat it up pun intended and ask for more, which you can provide with the second title in the Love Stories with Bite anthology: Eternal. Highly recommended for public or school libraries in the young adult fiction collection. This is a young adult title that would work well for age ranges of , but adult readers who enjoy vampire romances would also enjoy this title. This second anthology edited by P. Cast has more of the vampire romance stories we love. In Eternal, Cast has put together another winning anthology with six beautifully dark tales of unrequited love and her own wonderfully written introduction.
Fans of Cast, any of the other authors, or of the vampire subgenre as a whole will surely enjoy this anthology. Contains: Not applicable. Reviewed by: Kelly Fann. Thirst No. Alisa Perne knows that she is the last vampire. All the others were killed off centuries ago. Beautiful, intelligent, and with superhuman abilities, she lives among humans incognito. When she discovers that someone is following her, and seems to know more than any other person alive should know, she starts to wonder if maybe, just maybe, her past lover survived and has come back—to kill her.
Alisa is tough, smart, and unafraid of anyone or anything. The world that Pike has set up is brilliant, with enough levels to keep discussions lively for hours on end.
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The first title, Witches of East End , will be coming out in the summer of Blue Bloods is a great follow-up series for those looking for action and romance after Twilight. Contains: Minor Violence. However, the Vampire Council decides that Mina and her family will have to be relocated from Los Angeles to the tiny town of Cartville, Louisiana. Suffering from severe culture shock, and separation from her best friend Serena, and her boyfriend George, Mina has plenty on her plate.
Mina has an authentic voice. As in the first book, there are lots of little notes and journal entries from Mina about what is going on in her head and life. While still told with a light and humorous touch, this is a darker, more emotional book with much more complicated choices for Mina and her loved ones, and with more action and tension than the first. Once again, Pauley has shown her ability to channel her inner teen and produce some of the most enjoyable vampire teen literature around, and since she seems to have left the door open for another book, perhaps we will see more of Mina in the future.
Contains: minor violence. Available: Pre-Order. Vampireology is a guide to vampires ostensibly written by Archibald Brooks, a Protector, or slayer of vampires. It covers a great deal of ground, from their biblical origins, to the passing of their curse, to powers, vulnerabilities, and even their historical animosity toward werewolves and the Protector.
In a growing field of guides and compendiums, Vampireology gives you both a guide to vampires as presented by Brooks and a side story within presented by Kraik's notes. Vampireology is one of the better choices out there. It provides its own interesting and intriguing story, and is a take on vampires that will be of interest to fans.
Vampireology is a beautiful book to look at, and it is attractively put together, with compelling illustrations and imagery. For librarians, the immediate concern will be the number of flaps and folds that will be subject to extensive wear and tear. The book is 30 pages long but is oversized, and each page has foldouts and other materials that, while they can keep readers' attention, can also be easily damaged. The book captures the feel of a personal journal as well as a guide to vampires, with items such as a train ticket that literally pop out at you as if they are three-dimensional.
Vampireology is recommended more for fans of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Recommended for public library collections, and as a gift book for vampire fans. Contains: Imagery of decapitation of vampires. Blood Ninja by Nick Lake. Author Nick Lake takes you back in time to feudal Japan, where Taro, a young man in a fishing village, finds his simple life turned upside down when he and his family are attacked by ninjas. He is saved by another ninja, only to end up on the run, thrust into a world with grand destiny, vampire ninjas, samurai warriors and more. Blood Ninja follows the familiar "hero's journey" storyline, so you have a good idea where you are going, but you'll still enjoy the ride.
Nick Lake does an excellent job both with creating the atmosphere of feudal Japan and with plot pacing. Taro is an interesting character, and as the story continues he finds his world view constantly challenged, creating an internal struggle throughout the book that provides food for thought as well as blood, guts, and violence. Ultimately, Nick Lake has produced a very strong book with plenty of action, and a fair bit of blood and gore along with it. There isn't a romance angle here, although there are two popular teen icons- ninjas and vampires- this is really a "guys' book".
However, it's important to note that this is also a fairly long book with complex vocabulary. As with Rick Yancey's recent release, The Monstrumologist, Blood Ninja won't be an easy read for reluctant readers, and while I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it out, librarians and teachers will want to keep in mind that this book is better suited for more advanced readers. Contains: Violence and gore. FtQ Press, Availability: February Patch is your everyday tomcat, with a life any cat would die for. Until he is turned into a vampire, that is. Suddenly, he finds himself in constant peril.
He is nearly staked, is being tried for murder, and almost has his tail cut off, all while trying to figure out where his next V1 that's blood to you non-vampires will come from and win an election with his associate, Meg. Who says life is easier when you're dead? Chock full of one-liners, teens that like a horror novel to have a good dose of humour will thoroughly enjoy The Vampire Kitty-Cat Chronicles. It is fast-paced, a quick read, and the characters, especially Patch, are amusing and engaging.
This book will appeal to a wide YA audience, as well as many adults. It does, however, contain commentary on controversial topics such as religious fanaticism that may offend and thus, may not be suitable for all YA readers. Recommended for public library YA horror collections. Contains: violence, murder and some bad language. Review by Stacey L. Martin's, Available: New, used and digital. Everything changes for Zoey Redbird the day a vampyre points her out in the school hallway and tells her she's been chosen.
As if being chosen to be a vampyre isn't enough, she has to leave her school, her home neither is necessarily a bad thing and her friends and move to the House of Night, a finishing school where she's to learn how to be a vampyre. But even before she arrives she has a vision of the vampyre goddess Nyx, who endows her further, naming Zoey her eyes and ears to help her discover what is wrong with the vampyres of the world.
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Marked is heavy-handed at times in its enthusiastic presentation of goddess-based religions, while god-based religions are represented as intolerant. But Zoey is a smart, energetic lead who is easy to sympathize with and fun to ride along with. Marked is a fast read, with an interesting slant on the world.
It would make an excellent addition to YA collections catering to vampire-hungry teens. Contains: Language, sexual situations and sexual language. Review by Michele Lee. Betrayed makes a faltering start. The pro-goddess, anti-Christian opening is almost overwhelming at first. But it gains its feet and hurls readers into a fast, engaging story in the world of Zoey Redbird, vampyre-in-training and the chosen one of Nyx, goddess of the night, that shows that actions, not gender or religion, dictate which side of the divide one stands on.
At her first ever Full Moon ritual as priestess-in-training, Zoey's best friend Stevie Rae collapses and succumbs to a failed change. When Zoey's ex-boyfriend Heath disappears she's shocked to get a vision that puts Stevie Rae to blame. The only one who seems to believe her is Aphrodite, the "mean girl" Zoey toppled to become priestess-in-training, and together they have to solve the mystery of Stevie Rae and the red fledglings before they're lost to the minions of evil. Betrayed would make a good addition to YA collections, especially those that always seem to be short on vampire tales.
Zoey is a smart, strong lead, surrounded by a variety of sidekicks that seem more accurate to today's multicultural world than other books. The popularity of this series also means this book will likely be in high demand. Contains: Language, sexual language. This volume of the House of Night is series is one of the hardest to read, emotionally. Zoey Redbird is marked not just to become a vampyre, but as a chosen one of Nyx. So far she's taken an elite school club back from human-hating vampyres and saved her best friend from undeath and being a servant of the evil Neferet.
But now that she knows Zoey is her enemy, Neferet is striking back in the most brutal of ways, by crushing Zoey's connection to her friends, her loved ones, and even shattering her trust in herself. Zoey finds herself torn between three men, having to keep Stevie Rae's very existence from the rest of their friends for their own sakes, and only having the cruelest girl in class to confide in. This series is quite popular, and with good reason.
Zoey is a snarky, but not mean, strong, but not perfect lead who is easy to relate to. Chosen would make an excellent addition to YA collections, especially those with a large number of vampire readers. Contains: Language, Sexual situations and language. Zoey Redbird knows just how much life as a vampyre can suck. She's spent too much time keeping secrets from her friends and letting Nyx's blessings bolster her courage, but not her wisdom. Now the evil high priestess, Neferet, has separated her from her friends, shattered her relationship with her boyfriend and even managed to steal her virginity.
Now the visions are still coming, foretelling something massive and evil, rising up from forgotten lore and aching to be in the world again. This time they're determined to take the last thing Zoey has, her grandmother. But Zoey still has some unlikely allies, including the queen of cruel, Aphrodite, not to mention she still has Nyx's favor.
So she has to try to get her allies back together, to set things right and prevent Neferet from starting a war against the humans. The House of Night series is one of the more popular YA series on shelves today. That alone earns them a place in YA collections, but readers will also find them to be fast, strong reads that are hard to put down. Contains: Language. Meyer's fourth and final book in the Twilight series starts off with Bella and Edward getting married and going off on their honeymoon.
However, their honeymoon is cut short due to the unexpected pregnancy of Bella. Edward is concerned by the rapid progression of the "baby" and thinks that it is harming Bella and suggests to Bella that she has an abortion, but Bella has grown too attached and wants nothing more than to see the pregnancy all the way through. Everyone is concerned of what is actually growing inside of Bella though as no human has ever gotten pregnant by a vampire before. Will Bella be able to survive this childbirth and what exactly will she be giving birth to?
Now that I've finally made my way through the entire Twilight series I can honestly say that it was the most painful teen series I have ever read. Bella's insistent whining throughout the series as well as the fact that she was so wishy-washy about wanting to be with either Edward or Jacob just grates on one's nerves. Yes, a lot of teenage girls can be annoying, but not that consistently.
Also, this book was to be aimed at teenagers I mean, how dumbed down did Meyer need to make the story? Was she trying to write it for elementary school kids? Why omit everything up to the point of pillow feathers flying? Teenagers aren't THAT naive! Moving on There is a battle scene at the end that I struggled through as it brought in a lot of extra characters that got confusing to keep track of and just got a bit boring for me. After a while I just started skimming over names figuring it wasn't really important, which for the most part I initially started this series to see what the hype was all about and once I started figured I might as well see it through to the end despite it appearing to being a waste of my time.
I wish I had never found out though because when all is said and done vampires were never meant to sparkle! A young vampire is suspected, but later the Cullens realize the there is a bit more involved than just one vampire. It's more like Bella insists on seeing Jacob despite Edward telling her that it is too dangerous. Then Edward proposes to Bella, which she hesitantly accepts. This practically causes Jacob to lose his mind.
Trying to calm him down, Bella ends up kissing him and in return finds out that she cares for him more than she realizes. Who will she end up choosing in the end? And how will the battle turn out? While Meyer's series showed improvement in the second book of the series, New Moon , I felt that this book took a step back in quality. The focus on the love triangle was quite heavy and there was a lot of emphasis on Bella whining through the majority of the book.
This left a very sour taste in my mouth and honestly made me hesitant in wanting to carry on with book four. Younger readers may not mind this as much and will probably enjoy this title more than I did. Recommended for teens. The second novel in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series starts off with the Cullen family throwing Bella Swan an 18th birthday party.
Luckily, Bella's boyfriend and Jasper's brother, Edward, is able to protect her. After this incident, the Cullens decide that it is safest for Bella to move away from Forks. This leaves Bella sulking and moping around. Eventually, she finds that her only way to cope with her depression is to put herself in danger as when she is in harm's way she hears Edward's voice in her head trying to stop her. She goes to Jacob Black, an old family friend, to help her out with this, and he helps her restore a couple of old motorcycles.
Jacob and her become very close as the story progresses and she discovers more and more about him including that he has a secret of his own How will this secret affect Bella's feelings for Jacob when she knows that the werewolves are the Cullen's biggest enemy? New Moon is a much stronger book than Meyer's first, Twilight. There are not a lot of initial character descriptions to wade through, as readers are expected to have already read book one so the book starts off at a faster pace. However, there are still numerous scenes of Bella whining about how she misses Edward and how she wants to be with him, etc Many times I found myself wanting to toss the book across the room due to Bella's annoying whining, but due to the entrance of the werewolves, I was able to continue on.
Jacob Black and the rest of the werewolf pack actually made this book fairly enjoyable. It's like a train wreck I can't look away from. Hybrid by Angie L. A-Argus Better Book Publishers, Emily Reed is a teenage girl who attempts suicide when her life is turned upside down by the murder of her four-year-old sister. In order to get a fresh start, her parents decide to move from Dallas, Texas to Beckley, West Virginia. She soon makes new friends and falls in love with a fit and studious boy named Maxwell Snow.
Their relationship grows to the point where Emily feels that she has found her perfect mate, until she spots Julian. He is the exact opposite of Max - rude, mean and cold hearted. Despite the difference she soon finds herself attracted by him. Things soon get more complicated as Emily finds out that both boys are Hybrids, half-vampire and half-human.
Hybrid begins slow and stays that way for about two thirds of the novel. There is almost no sign of vampires, hybrids, or anything but day-to-day school life. The story focuses more on Emily making friends and her overly sappy relationship with her new boyfriend. Emily herself is also too focused on material things and herself, which is probably true of most teenagers, but it makes her much less sympathetic to the reader.
The story does pick up in the last third of the book as Julian makes his appearance and the reader begins to see that the story is going somewhere. The Hybrid concept is also a good one and could make a fine book if it was done in more depth, unfortunately the Hybrid part of the book seemed to take a back seat to dating and hanging out with friends. Contains: Violence. Review by Bret Jordan. In this fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series, de la Cruz picks up right where the last book left off with three different storylines. The first follows Schuyler and Oliver, who are on the run from The Conclave, as there is doubt about her story concerning the death of her grandfather and former conclave leader Lawrence.
The second follows Bliss, who finds herself sharing her body with her father who is Lucifer, as she desperately tries to get help. The third follows Mimi Force, who is working with the Venators seeking the Watcher, and planning her bonding with Jack Force. There is a continuation of the love triangle between Schuyler, her human conduit Oliver, and Jack Force.
Fans of Schuyler Van Alen might be disappointed that the lead character is sharing so much book time with Bliss and Mimi. I found it actually to be a good thing as it allowed the author to make Mimi an interesting, evolving character on her own rather than just an annoying foil to Schuyler. One thing that improves the story considerably over the first three books in the series is that Melissa de la Cruz does a much better job of tying up storylines but still leaves the reader wanting more.
Sunshine is the drama student that wants to date the most popular boy in school, whereas Rayne is into the goth scene and won't be caught dead in a pair of pants! Rayne is all excited about a new goth club in town, Club Fang, and tells Sunshine she has to go with her and also must dress accordingly. In her absence, Sunshine is approached by an Orlando Bloom look-alike that she figures can't possibly be talking to her. She is flabbergasted, but it's so loud in the club that she can't tell what he is trying to say to her.
He leads her outside of the club in order for them to be able to hear each other. Her sister comes running out a minute later and sees what has happened and realizes that there was a case of mistaken identity. She knows who this Magnus guy is, he's a And not only that, but Now what will Sunshine do? I have to say that this has to be one of the funniest teen books I have read in a long time! It had some Buffy the Vampire Slayer references mixed within that slayed me!!! Mancusi used numerous pop-culture references throughout the book that made the book even more humorous, especially the inclusion of using Stewie from Family Guy as one particular vampire within the book.
I won't say which one because I don't want to give too much away, but you'll realize why it's so funny once you read it! I like how Mancusi kept up the suspense throughout the entire book. I wasn't sure until the very end how things were going to turn out for Sunshine. This is a very strong first book and I'm glad that she has several more to follow it up as I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series! Highly Recommended. Stake That! Goth girl Rayne is dying to be a vampire, and her sister, Sunny, is the one that is dating the vampire. As if Rayne's life wasn't bad enough, she finds out that her destiny is to be the new vampire slayer.
How uncool is that? As the slayer, she is given a very special mission Easy, right? Little does she know that when she poses as a willing human blood donor at the bar that she is going to be approached by such a sexy vampire! What's a "vampire vampire slayer" to do? This second book in the Blood Coven Vampire series focuses heavily on Rayne's character, though Sunny is definitely not forgotten. I felt a bit sorry for her, but luckily she managed to turn a bad situation into something good for herself. Mancusi threw in several surprises throughout the book, especially with David's character.
I enjoyed the pop-culture references in the first book of this series and Mancusi didn't disappoint me with this one either. I especially appreciated the tribute to the movie The Lost Boys. In the third installment of Mancusi's Blood Coven Vampire series, Rayne is faced with her biggest challenge yet. As "the slayer", her newest task is to figure out why it is that the cheerleading squad is growling.
In order to do so she must get close to the cheerleaders, and as ANY teenager knows, the only way to get close to a cheerleader is to BE a cheerleader! From there she must figure out exactly where the growling is coming fro, and find a resolution. Mari Mancusi has created yet another fun adventure with Girls That Growl. The characters of Rayne and Sunny are hilarious and I love how they tend to use their "twin powers" to reverse their roles whenever it helps them out of a situation.
They are such opposites, yet they always manage to pull it off. There is still a lot more that can be done with this series and I think Mancusi will go far with it. She is a very strong storyteller and has a unique writing technique. The story of Rayne and Sunny is fun for all ages, not just teenagers. Fifteen year old Zack Thompson, orphaned at a young age, is a resident of Nicholls Ward, a hospital psychiatric unit. Night Runner is a refreshing addition to the young adult vampire genre. The book breaks out of some of the safe staples of teen vampire novels and is a good fit for the reader who enjoys vampires but is tired of the same old tropes.
The action starts right away, and there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages to see what happens next, with a surprise finish. Highly recommended for middle and high school libraries and public library YA collections. Hannah, a woman barely out of her teens, arrives in Cambridge to attend school, but she is also fleeing her past.
After recovering from the pain of being abandoned by her boyfriend, Bret, Hannah began to realize just how abusive and manipulative their relationship had been. Since Bret was a vampire, and she narrowly escaped becoming one herself, Hannah recognizes that the break up was possibly the best thing to have happened to her so far. But Bret isn't. This book is short—it covers more than a year in about pages—but this is by no means a starved plot. Although there is room for fleshing it out, the story is well-paced and focused There are some small technical problems, likely because this is a debut book, but there is a lot to recommend.
The vampire aspect is so light it can easily be taken for a metaphor as well, making this book less about vampires and more about a teen recovering from an abusive relationship. The YA and abuse recovery focus makes this an excellent addition to teen libraries, private and public, and Hannah's Story could even be a gateway into helping adults talk to teens and tweens about abusive. Vamped by Lucienne Diver. Fashion-conscious teen Gina Covello is seriously ticked off when she wakes up dead, in a really ugly dress.
Diver succeeds at creating a grim and very creepy atmosphere at times, as well as some very disturbing characters, but she fails to make Gina likable or sympathetic. Instead, she comes across as a former "mean girl", selfish, insecure, and very high maintenance. Vamped is a far cry from Twilight. Teen girls are still clearly the audience for this book, though, and many may enjoy this original riff on YA vampire lit.
Reviewed by Kirsten Kowalewski. Graphia, originally published Availability: New and Used. Cynda Bennett has just moved to Maine to live with her father and his new family in an inn that they have restored When a very handsome older man comes to stay at the inn, she finds herself unable to resist falling in love with him, not knowing that there's something about him, something dangerous, that could ultimately spell disaster not only for her, but also her family.
This is a superbly written tale that draws the reader in from the very beginning. Hahn's ability to create an atmosphere of bone-chilling intensity will have teens turning page after page and sharing the terror and helplessness of the characters. Set in the dead of winter, readers will definitely feel the chill of every winter storm Hahn describes.
Depictions of family relationships are very real and are used to draw fear from the reader. Recommended for the YA horror collection of any public library. Kayla and Zak, her vampire lover, have a sometimes passionate, sometimes tumultuous relationship. They are both stubborn and determined not to let the other one get to them, but that is looking more and more impossible to do. This is a funny, sexy story that gives you a lot to look forward to, and regardless of what happens in their relationship, it is certain to leave you wanting more.
When Raffaele pulls a half-dressed woman out of the ocean, he is immediately smitten with her. Jess is a target of the rogue vampires who are going around biting tourists, but until then, she never even believed in vampires. Trixie knows that magic is real and shifters really do exist.
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She thinks that he has a few loose screws in his head, while he is trying to figure out how she can be so beautiful. She is intent on making his eternity a true hell, until they discover that they have a common enemy, which changes things more than either of them is ready for. Samantha is a PI with a magic sword and a case that involves finding her elusive attacker. When a woman trusts her future to a vampire, she has a difficult choice to make. When a vampire comes along and promises to give her back the life she once had, she has to accept the fact that this aloof vampire may be her only way out of her predicament, or is he?
But when the vampires decide to build up their family again, Kristian is forced to believe that bringing Tessa back will be detrimental to the group, and when he finds out that they know where Tessa is, he decides to try to protect her, even though that can mean betrayal to the rest of the vampires. But how can he stay away from her, when all he does is think of her day in and day out? When he meets her, he is immediately attracted to her, but since she is naturally wary of vampires, she looks the other way. When Roric finds out that her attacker wants her, too, he decides to fight even harder to get her for his own.
If you like steamy tension and sexy vampires, this book will not disappoint. When he finally goes to locate her and bring her back, sparks fly immediately, but can their relationship withstand these strong love-hate feelings between them? Amelie is from a family filled with slayers who are constantly venturing out to slay the evil. Ethen is smitten with Amelie, and she tries not to return those feelings, mainly because she has been taught not to trust vampires, but she needs his help to save her best friend, so she does what must be done.
Bailey is on the run from her enemies when she meets a vampire named Erick, who promises to keep her safe from harm. But sparks ignite the moment they meet, and it is only then that they realize that their lives are in more danger than ever before. Vampire king Alexander has been eliminating humans for a long time, and Ariana has always been convinced that there is no such thing as a good vampire. Alexander is determined to prove her wrong, but when his wife comes back into the picture with a vengeance and the determination to claim everything that is hers, including Alexander, she sets her sights on removing Ariana first and foremost, which means that it is up to Alexander to save her from this fate.
Filled with heart-racing actions and enough battles to keep everyone happy, this is the story of the Shadians and their attempts to fight the end of the world, literally. Join Ben, Rose, and the rest of the team, as they fight ahead to prevent the world from ending so that both sides can move on from there. Dakota is stolen as a child and promised to a vampire on her 18th birthday. She quickly falls in love with him, but since it is an arranged marriage, Dakota decides to wait for him to touch her first.
Jane Doe wakes from a coma after being left for dead in the woods and cannot remember anything that happened. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes once again, and when it does, her gorgeous but mysterious next-door neighbor comes to her aid. This is the story of Quinn, a vampire who wants to get rid of the ruler of Ireland so that both vampires and humans have a chance to live. Eve is someone who never thought much about vampires until she saw two of them kill her beloved brother. Though reluctant, she eventually agrees to help Quinn get rid of the baddies in the government, but can she do that without falling in love with him?
With her sister and mother missing, Kai decides that she will stop at nothing to rescue them, but as she does, she runs into ghosts, demons, and trackers. As a result, she and her sidekick Logan have a lot to deal with. Everyone in this story has secrets, including Kai, so figuring out how they will all play out keeps the book interesting. Park has a great life in Los Angeles, despite her rough childhood, until she is car-jacked by someone who is actually a vampire.
She finds it fascinating, and when her carjacker, Bas, starts to fall for her, she has mixed feelings indeed. Yes, this old, war-weary vampire is starting to feel things again, which could end up being exactly what both he and Park desperately need. Caleb is a very sexy vampire who decides that he wants Abby, a young lawyer who just moved to Hollywood. Will Caleb be able to continue his feelings for Abby, despite this dark secret, or will it keep them apart forever? Jessica is a witch who is out to find her soulmate, the man who has haunted her dreams for a very long time. She has been afraid that he might be dead, so she is thrilled to learn that he is very much alive and well.
After they meet and there seems to be a mutual attraction between them, can she convince him that she is reincarnated and is the love of his life? This is exactly what Jessica is determined to do, no matter how long it takes. Ara feels crushed and defeated, but Fate still has plans for her. Enter a war, then peace, then many secrets associated with many lives, to name a few.
In the end, if Ara is successful, the truth will come out and set everyone free, but at what cost? Alanna is destined to be a servant to a vampire master, and she gladly accepts. But when she betrays her master then he disappears, Evan is assigned to protect her until he returns. Both Evan and his servant Niall are a little rough around the edges, but Alanna enjoys her adventures with both of them while the authorities are out looking for the master. When he returns, she is disappointed, and Evan and Niall both fight to make sure that she remains theirs.
Hannah is a coed, a great baker, and also a wolf shifter. When Bennet is assigned to investigate zombie-like monsters who are going around and terrorizing everyone, he meets up with Hannah, and he is immediately smitten. But can he protect her from harm when he, too, is a danger to her? This is a story filled with romance, suspense, and a lot of action, and it is one that you will not soon forget.
When Andre happens upon her attack and saves her life, he is immediately smitten with this young, innocent girl. She immediately brings meaning to his soulless existence, and he is attracted to her from the bottom of his heart. He works to save Mare from the forces that are trying to destroy her before it is too late, even though he wonders if saving her will leave him lost and damned forever. The story is filled with dark battles and the relationship between Iris and Elias, though at times, they seem to be in opposite corners.
With raw emotion and even some laughter, you can enjoy the story of characters such as Bel, Kimber, Gwen, and others as they go through life, love, and war. This story involves a bloody vampire tyrant, a war no one is able to stop, and a romance for the ages, and it is set against bloody war and its consequences, a lot of sex, and the one thing that binds everything together, love.
Corynne, a human who becomes a blood courtesan, makes money, needs the vampires to protect her from other humans, participates in a murder investigation, and has feelings stirring inside of her for Nash. They want each other badly, but she soon learns that she will either be his best weapon for the job that he has to do, or the downfall of his coven, both of which feel like too much responsibility for Corynne.
When Ansel and Kat are summoned to help a vampire family against a strong group of vampire slayers, new friendships are formed in their quest to survive. But who is this mysterious man? And can she really trust him like she thinks she can? When Brooklyn, a college student, spends a romantic evening with a vampire named Armando, she wonders why she awoke the next morning craving blood. She feels like he is the only one who can answer all of the questions that she has, but when she looks for him he is nowhere to be found.
She sets out to find him to learn what comes next, but can she find him before she does something that everyone around her will regret? Ansel is running for his life from the people who once held him captive, and his life is turned upside down when he meets Kat. Soon, Kat is on the run with him, and they are preparing for battle together, when Ansel decides that even if he has to pay with his life, he is going to do everything possible to protect Kat.
In this book, you return to Shade and all of your favorite characters, where you will experience a mystery that needs to be solved, a lot of suspense, and of course, brand-new romances to enjoy. You also meet some great new characters, and your heart will be pounding from the first page to the last. Excellent writing and exciting happenings complete the story, which you will never forget. Tanya is scheduled for the choosing ceremony, which only happens every one-hundred years, so that she has a shot at getting chosen by one of the vampire kings.
The only problem is that she does not want to go. However, once she gets there, she gets chosen by King Brant, much to her surprise, and she immediately begins to come up with ways to get out of the arrangement. The problem is that Kat is a mortal woman whom every vampire in town wants to drain.
He then decides to do something that might not be very smart; he decides to protect her from the vampires in town. Flirting with death is always tempting, as this vampire-mortal relationship will prove to the readers. She decides to accept her fate and take the throne, and her kingdom is rife with chaos, murder, and all sorts of danger. She tries to forget about her relationship with Rhyland and concentrate on making her kingdom a little better, but things get complicated when she discovers that Rhyland might be more difficult to handle than she expected, in more ways than one.
Andre is a nightwalker whose job is to watch out for the monsters that threaten his world, and he and Mare start up a relationship. A love story involving two different people in two different worlds. And between vampires, supernatural beings, and shifters, not to mention their growing relationship, things are about to get very complicated for the two of them. Elspeth is an immortal who is enjoying true freedom for the first time after leaving her home and branching out on her own. She is after a fling, not a soulmate. At least not until she enjoys some of that freedom that she has been craving all these years.
When she meets Wyatt, however, she realizes that he could be both a fling and a soulmate. Wyatt remembers her from the past, although Elspeth has forgotten the incident. Desdemona is a vampire and Vegas performer with no interest in a love life, in part because she has had her heart broken in the past. Julian is smitten with her the first time that he sees her on stage, and after a wild night on the town, the two end up married. Julian is happy with the arrangement, but Desdemona is not. Ellie has a hurtful past and is now captive to a vampire, and Wraith has come back after a long absence, but remembers nothing about his past.
Ellie has been taught to hate vampires, but Wraith seems different. When an assassin sets his sights on Ellie, can Wraith find it in his heart to save her? A story of love, lust, and meeting your destiny with pride. Cat is a New Yorker who is riding the subway one day and runs into a vampire. Simon survives a very bad attack and is weaker than normal, so he hires a bodyguard as he goes after the mastermind of the attack. Tempers flare when the two meet, and then something amazing happens.
But can they work past their differences and work together, or will Cody lose the ability to protect the man he is supposed to protect? Being immortal can be difficult. When her immortality is about to be permanent, secrets are revealed, and she has to get her act together fast. Otherwise, it will be a happy day for those who wish to see her demise. Abigail takes a job in the real world after being tossed out of her coven, but she soon notices some strange goings-on with the CEO at her company.
He has women coming in and out of his office at all times, and he is more than a bit mysterious. Pallas was a much-feared vampire who is now running a boot camp for misfit werewolves.
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