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Vampires, Vampires, Vampires...

Since my treatment knocks me down for the count some days, I've been plowing through some books. Sometimes it's all I have the energy for. Anyway, thanks to my good buddy seimaisin, I have found some interesting vampire stories.

Let me preface this by saying I'm very picky about my vampire fiction. Every other book in the fantasy and romance sections has a freakin' vampire so if I can find something with a new twist on the myth, then I'm so there.

The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason - If Jane Austen had written Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this is how it would have turned out. Victoria Gardella Grantworth is on the verge of her debut in Regency London when she is called to her family legacy of hunting vampires. She accepts without hesitation and her world is changed forever.

Victoria is a very, very good heroine. She isn't perfect, but she's not a simpering damsel in distress, either. (And she doesn't whine about her duty like Buffy always did.) Gleason has created a fun world with more than one slayer and several interesting men for Victoria to choose from.

It's the first in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles and can be found in the romance section.

The Morganville Vampires (Glass Houses and The Dead Girls' Dance) by Rachel Caine - Claire entered college two years ahead of everyone else and has dreams of going on to MIT, but college at Texas Prairie University isn't turning out like she thought it would. A group of girls want her dead, and the town is run by vampires.

Even though it's geared towards young adults, this series has completely held my attention. Claire and her roommates Eve, Shane, and Michael are fantastic characters with wonderful strengths and believeable flaws. They're doing what they can to stay alive in Morganville. The stories keep me turning page after page, and I only get upset when I reach the end and it's a cliffhanger.

Both can be found in the young adult section, and the third one Midnight Alley will be out in October.

Next up on my to-read list: finishing Rises the Night (the second Gardella Vampire Chronicles book) and read Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson. I'll keep you posted.

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lunarknightz
Jun. 22nd, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Maximum Ride is pretty good- The Angel Experiment is actually the first out of series- three books are currently out- the third one came out at the beginning of the month? They're a fun rad, and have a definite Dark Angel/Kyle XY feel to them. ;) Let me know what you think of them! ;)
dragonsinger
Jun. 22nd, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Will do.:)
cfmom
Jun. 25th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah I agree with the above poster - I thought the Angel Experiment books were okay in the sense that even though the third is currently out I won't buy it until it's in paperback.

There are two series I am 100% addicted to: The Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward.

I also read The Dark series by Christine Feehan but she hasn't been as good in the last couple of books and The Darkyn series by Lynn Viehl which has been kind of hit and miss.

I'm glad you pointed out the Gardella series as I passed it in the bookstore the other day and didn't buy because I wasn't sure about it, didn't know the order, didn't know if I wanted another series to get roped into etc...

Maybe I'll check them out now. Thanks.
dragonsinger
Jun. 25th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely check them out. Good, good books.
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