Archive for best vampire books
Laurell K. Hamilton brings us her 21st Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel with Kiss the Dead. In this installment of the long-running series, Anita, who is also a US Marshal and Vampire Executioner in the Preternatural Unit, is called in to investigate the abduction of a teenage girl by a group of vampires. When Anita finds the girl, she’s alarmed to find that together with the girl, there is a group of other perfectly ordinary humans who’ve all been recently turned, and who would rather die than serve a master. Anite realizes that there’s a Master Vampire on the loose who’s been turning people into fledglings without tying them to him – a major breach in vampire etiquette. Anita throws herself into the investigation while juggling her complicated love life involving her live-in lovers, were-leopards, Nathanial and Micah, 18-year-old Sin, as well as her vampire lover Jean-Claude.
Title: Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed Series)
Author: Lara Adrian
Genre: Vampire Romance
Darker After Midnight is the latest book in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series, and pulls together many of the hanging threads from the previous nine of so novels. The story picks up right after Deeper than Midnight, when Sterling Chase walks out into the sunlight and surrenders himself to the human police to try and buy some time for the rest of the Order and the families to evacuate from their compound in Boston. Chase is fighting off his Bloodlust, and remains in police custody voluntarily, pretending to cooperate with the authorities. He’s about ready to bust out, having bought as much time as he can, when Tavia Fairchild arrives at the police station. She’s there to identify Chase as the culprit in an attempted murder on arch villain Dragos (who goes as Drake Masters in the human world) at the party thrown by her boss, a U.S. Senator. Tavia’s life is turned upside down when her world and Chase’s collide, and she discovers things about herself that she would never have suspected. Tavia and Chase, together with the rest of the Order have to pull out all the stops to halt Dragos’ plans to have all Breed and humans bow to his power.
Title: A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, Book 1)
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Vampire Romance
A Hunger Like No Other is the first book in Kresley Cole’s hugely successful Immortals After Dark series, which is now already onto its 12th book. Lachlain MacRieve, the leader of the Lykae Clan of werewolves, has been imprisoned and tortured by vampires under the city of Paris for more than a century. He’s been slowly going crazy in captivity, but is spurred to escape when he scents the female who will be his mate on the Paris streets. But when he finally finds Emmaline, he’s disgusted to find out that she’s a half-vampire – but he can’t help being drawn to her. Emmaline is a hybrid vampire/Valkyrie who’s been coddled and over-protected, and has travelled to Paris in order to spread her wings. Emma the Timid, as she’s known back home in Louisiana, is in for more than she expected when she is abducted by a semi-deranged werewolf and pursued by the Paris vampires. Lachlain drags her off to his ancestral home in Scotland to keep her safe… and finds himself trying to win her over despite his earlier desire to punish her for the torture that he endured at the hands of other vampires.
Title: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood Book 1)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Vampire Mystery / Vampire Romance
The True Blood series has given the Sookie Stackhouse books renewed popularity, although truthfully, Charlaine Harris’ excellent series was selling like hotcakes even before it was adapted for the small screen. Dead Until Dark, the first book in the Southern Vampire series, is where it all began. In Dead Until Dark, Harris introduces us to the charming Sookie. She’s a cocktail waitress in a small Lousiana town. She’s just an ordinary gal – except for her “disability”. Sookie can read minds – and isn’t too pleased with the special skill. She’s bombarded by others’ thoughts all the time, and always knows what others think of her. In Sookie’s world, vampires no longer need to prey on humans for sustenance. The ability to produce synthetic blood has allowed vampires to emerge from the shadows and become a legal minority. You can imagine Sookie’s delight when she gets together with the vampire Bill and discovers that she can’t read his mind. He’s the perfect boyfriend since unlike all her previous partners, she’ll never hear his thoughts (flattering or unflattering) about her. But amid her bliss, a number of vampire groupies are murdered, and Sookie has to use her “disability” to solve the mystery. Dead Until Dark is a high-quality, tightly-plotted book, and a worthy debut for this popular series. Harris’ fun writing style brings out the humor and horror in the Southern Vampire world, and you’ll be enamored with her cast of charming characters. Once you’ve read this, I guarantee you’ll want to read the rest of the series!