Recommended Reading: Teen Fiction - Vampires Suck
It's officially autumn, and that means it's also spoOoOoky season. With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be an excellent time to explore some books with some age-old creepy creatures. That's right - this month, we're talking about vampire books that are perfect for teens! So sit back and get ready because these books are sure to give you a thrill.
Titles were chosen by Ellie Epperson, Youth Services Supervisor.
Vampires Never Get Old
by Multiple Authors
For readers who like their vampires in smaller bites, we present Vampires Never Get Old, a collection of 11 short stories all about vampires. Written by some of teen fiction's leading authors, these stories cover a range of vampire personalities and legends. If you're ready to sink your teeth into a good tale, this collection is a great place to start.
Chosen by Kiersten White*
(Slayer Series #2)
For Buffy the Vampire Slayer lovers, Slayer and its sequel, Chosen, are sure to thrill. The Slayer series takes place within the Buffy world, and in Chosen, the novel follows Nina, the last Vampire slayer, as she continues to learn how to use her Slayer powers to combat the forces of evil. In the first novel, Nina's powers were stolen and later retrieved, but as the second novel unfolds, Nina realizes something different and slightly sinister about her powers now. As she grapples with her inner demons, Nina is faced with outer darkness as well - something ominous connected to a demon drug ring, which may include someone close to home for Nina.
*Be sure to read Slayer before diving into this latest installment in the series.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
(Simon Snow Series #1)
Do you enjoy stories with schools of magic and lots of romance? Then you'll love the Simon Snow series! The series opens in Carry On with the "Chosen One" Simon Snow. Simon's having a terrible time controlling his wand, and his personal life isn't fairing too well either. His roommate and archnemesis, Baz, who also happens to be an evil vampire, has decided to go M.I.A for their final year at the wizarding school. Could anything else possibly go wrong? You'll have to read the book to find out!
Book 3, Any Way the Wind Blows, is currently on our new books shelf!
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh (The Beautiful Series #1)
The year is 1872 and New Orleans is ruled by the dead. But for Paris-born Celine, New Orleans is a haven. After fleeing Paris, Celine finds herself taken in by the Ursuline convent in New Orleans and quickly falls in love with the city's vibrant nature, even its darker parts. The city's underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, is dangerous, but that doesn't stop Celine from forming an attraction to the leader, Sebastien.
But attraction only goes so far, and when several girls from the convent go missing, one at a time, and are found dead in the seedy underbelly of the city, Celine wants answers. Panic worms its way through the city as residents wonder who this serial killer is and who the next victim might be. Celine starts asking questions, but the answers may cost her her life.
Book 3, The Righteous, is set for publishing in December 2021!
Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston
Here is another tale in New Orleans, but this time, the protagonist, Victoria, travels to the city to find a miracle... and a vampire. Victoria and her father have shared a love for the undead ever since the existence of vampires was made public. Public fear drove vampires back into hiding after the reveal, but Victoria and her father never gave up hope of finding and meeting a real-live vampire. When her father is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Victoria feels like her only option is to find a vampire, become one, and save her father. With the help of her friend, Henry, Victoria makes the trek to New Orleans. But before she can save her father, she must prove that she has what it takes to live forever and put all her trust in a stranger.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will appreciate the occasional references to the cult classic.
We hope you enjoyed this list. Do you have a favorite vampire book or series? Let us know in the comments!