Salem's Lot well before Edward Cullen was conceived. As an aficionado of all things vampire, I have to confess that the Twilight books are not my favourites. Yes, I’ve read them and yes, there were some good bits (like the movies), but there are plenty of other great vampire books out there. A recent favourite was Blood by K. J. Wignall. The vampire (he prefers the term Undead) in this book doesn’t even know who made him what he is. What he used to be was an Earl in line to inherit a fortune, and of course, he is a handsome, intelligent, and thoughtful killer. The story is complex, the English Midlands setting is perfect, and there are characters are aplenty. And of course, it is to be a trilogy. Riffing on Harry Potter, there are vampire boarding school books, such as the House of Night series by P.C. Cast, and for the A-List fans, snobby rich-kid vampires like the ones in the Vamps series by Nancy A. Collins, and even humorous vampires like the snarky star of Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst – and by the way, these 3 books all feature girl vampires. If you are already a fan of the genre, take a look at our Vampire booklist, you might find a title you haven’t yet read. For those who like their characters to be fully alive (at least when the book begins), tune in next month when we’ll explore some of the books that won the Michael Printz award for excellence in YA books.
WHAT IS YA? Will be a monthly feature, published on the 15th of each month, written by Angela Reynolds, our Head of Youth Services. We are giving away YA books to go along with it! Make a comment below about one of the books we talked about, and you’ll be entered into a monthly draw for a YA review copy. Must be able to pick the book up at one of our branch libraries; no books will be shipped or mailed.