I mean, really, they’ve been on their way back for a while.
Hi y’all. I’m sure you’ve seen the news. Stephenie Meyer announced today that she’s releasing the long-awaited Midnight Sun. There’s a lot of people who have a lot of thoughts about this. Personally? I’m not going to pretend YA didn’t heavily benefit from Twilight’s popularity. Nor will I pretend there aren’t a lot of problems with it. I know myself well enough to know there’s a very, very strong chance I’ll read the new book. Although at a $28.99 price I’m definitely hesitating a teeny bit. Beyond that, though, I’m not commenting.
What I’m more interested in is how some people are saying this is bringing vampire books back. People, vampires have been on their way back. Vampires have been here. And vampires have been good. Maybe not as popular as Twilight, but they’re here. Would you care for some recommendations? I have them. I have them right here for you.
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
n 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.
When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien’s own lair—the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks—Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.
At once a sultry romance and a decadent, thrilling mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet.
Vampires in New Orleans. The gorgeous writing will suck you in. Pun intended. Read it. Love it. Release status: already out.
The Damned by Renee Ahdieh
Since this one is a sequel I’m not going to post the summary to avoid potential spoilers. But, read the series. Release status: July 7th.
The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town.
Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it.
An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.
This one is on my list for sure, but, I’ll be honest, I haven’t read it. Rachel Strolle highly recommends it though so that’s good enough for me. Release status: July 14th.
Vampires Never Get Old by Zoraida Cordova
In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out—and going out for their first kill—and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.
Welcome to the evolution of the vampire—and a revolution on the page.
Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
Coming out in September (my birthday week actually) this anthology is all about those biting creatures we love. Pick it up! Release status: September 22nd.
The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl
When the vampire who turned Holly into the undead in 1987 (leaving her as a 16-year-old with badly crimped hair for all eternity) breaks up with her, she’s approached by two girls he also claimed to love, turned, then ditched. But their plan to kill him before he can strike again grows complicated when Holly starts to fall for the mortal girl they’re trying to protect.
Sonia is honestly an auto-buy author for me. I am so excited for her journey into the supernatural with this one. Release status: 2021.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
Not the vampire story we’re always seeing. If you call yourself a Holly Black fan and haven’t read this one yet . . . well we can’t be friends anymore. Release status: already out.
The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
Honestly? My favorite vampire series. I wanted to be Rose so badly. I still wouldn’t mind. Release status: already out.
The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
Spin-off series from VA. Won’t be posting a description because, again, spoilers, but once you finish VA you’ll need more. Release status: already out.
The House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast
The House of Night series by bestselling authors P.C Cast and Kristin Cast is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire—that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny—with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
Truth time: I never finished this series. But the books I did read I liked a lot when I was younger. I haven’t read them in years, but I remember re-reading Marked three or four times when I was waiting for another book. Release status: already out.
How many of these have you read? Are you looking forward to any more? Tell me all about them in the comments or over on Twitter. Thanks for reading today, y’all. I have some more posts coming for you soon.