Monday, May 11, 2009

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side/ Vampire Books

Beth Fantaskey's Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side was one that I picked up because there is an insatiable need for vampire books in my school. I was pleasantly surprised because I enjoyed it-- there were enough twists on the vampire legend that I was pleased.

Jessica lives a quiet life as a mathlete and farm girl in Pennsylvania. Her parents have failed to tell her the details of her adoption from Romania, until Lucius, a vampire prince who is her betrothed, shows up. Jessica is adamant that she is not going to run off and be married so that she can be a vampire princess, but she does start to like Lucius. She also starts to realize that vampires are not terribly nice. I thought that, while I liked this, readers who prefer vampire stories would not appreciate the satirical take, but other bloggers seemed to react favorably to this one. Ordering two copies, expecting a sequel.

And, since my reluctant reader demanded to read Twilight, and I've had several questions from parents, I am going to post my Vampire Fiction List. I think I have gotten everything; let me know what I have missed. I will denote titles suitable for younger readers in red.

Vampire Books

Anderson, M.T. Thirsty
From the moment he knows that he is destined to be a vampire, Chris thirsts for the blood of people around him while also struggling to remain human.

Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Demon in My View (series)
Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will.

Brewer, Heather. The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd: Eight Grade Bites, Ninth Grade Slays
Vlad has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents' deaths, than he could have guessed.

Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass
Able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

De la Cruz, Melissa. Blue Bloods.
When Schuyler, turns fifteen, she notices herself going through physical and psychological changes that may have something to do with a fellow coed's murder.

Emerson, Kevin. The Vampire’s Photograph.
Child vampire Oliver Nocturne learns about his destiny after a human girl accidently takes a picture of him. Series.

Enthoven, Sam. The Black Tattoo.
When his best friend is possessed by a demon, Jack, accompanied by a girl with superhuman powers, battles all over London and into Hell to save him.

Graves, Damian. The Midnight Library. (Series)
Collections of spooky short stories.

Gray, Claudia. Evernight.
Bianca, a new girl at the Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca's entire world.

Hahn, Mary Downing. Look for me by Moonlight
While staying at the remote inn run by her father, Cynda feels isolated from her father's new family and finds solace in the attentions of a charming but mysterious guest.

Hautman, Pete. Sweetblood.
Lucy Szabo is suddenly in trouble at school, at home, with the "proto-vampires" she has met online and in person, and most of all with her uncontrolled diabetes.

Horowitz, Anthony. Horowitz Horror, More Horowitz Horror.

Kogler, Jennifer Ann. Otherworldlies.
Fern has always been able to cope with the taunts and social ostracism of her schoolmates until a series of events reveal that she possesses supernatural powers.

Mancusi, Marianne. Boys that Bite.(series)
Bitten by a vampire after being mistaken for her Goth twin sister, Rayne, Sunny is in a race against time as she tries to prevent herself from becoming a vampire permanently.

Meehl, Brian. Suck It Up
A teenaged vampire reveals his identity to humans to demonstrate how peaceful, blood-substitute-drinking vampires can use their powers to help humanity.

Mercer, Sienna. Switched! (series)
Olivia, a cheerleader, learns that she has a twin sister whose "goth" appearance hides a secret that prevents the girls from switching identities and performing twin pranks.

Meyer, Stephanie. Twilight. (series)
When Bella moves to Washington, she meets a handsome boy at school who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Pauley, Kimberly. Sucks to be Me.
When Mina is forced to decide whether or not to become a vampire like her parents, she also faces a choice between her old friends versus new friends and possible boyfriends.

Pierce, Meredith. The Dark-Angel.
Aeriel must choose between destroying her vampire master for his evil deeds or saving him for the sake of his beauty and the spark of greatness she has seen in him.

Rees, Douglas. Vampire High.
Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School and many things seem strange, especially the dark-haired, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students. Highly recommended.

Rook, Sebastin. London, 1850. The Vampire Plagues. (series)
Jack Harkett meets Benedict Cole, a stowaway on a mysterious ship that sails into a London port, and they find themselves on the same side of deadly battle.

Schreiber, Ellen. Vampire Kisses.
Raven, an outcast who hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town, eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true.

Shan, Darren. Cirque du Freak.
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.

Smith, L.J. The Vampire Diaries. (series)
Two vampire brothers, Damon and Stefan, find their bond torn apart by the woman they both love and the tragedies of their past.

Somper, Justin. Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean.
When the twins ship is wrecked and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate's ship, and he is determined to find her.

Stine, R. L. Dangerous Girls.
When they return home from camp, twins Destiny and Livvy exhibit an inhuman craving to drink blood by night, compelled to satisfy their overpowering thirst.

Thompson, Kate. Switchers.
When freakish weather grips the Arctic regions and moves southward,a girl & her strange companion save the world from disaster through their ability to switch into animal forms.

Vande Velde, Vivian. Companions of the Night.
When 16 year old Kerry helps a young man escape from a group claiming he is a vampire, she finds herself faced with some bizarre and dangerous choices.

Westerfeld, Scott. Peeps.
Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.


Mrs. F-B's Books Blog said...

Holy cow! The mother lode of vampire lists. LOVE IT!!!! Thanks :)

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