Guest Post: Adrienne Monson’s Favorite Vampire Books, @adriennemonson
Everyone wave to my guest poster today, author Adrienne Monson! Adrienne’s debut novel, DISSENSION comes out tomorrow, February 23, 2013! Click the link for my full review.
Dissension is a thrilling adult paranormal vampire novel and the first book in the Blood Inheritance Trilogy. Adrienne has been obsessed with vampire reads since a young age. Because she’s an expert, I asked her to tell us about her favorite ones. Here they are…
I’ve read a wide range of vampire novels from young adult to classical to modern. So enjoy my recommends – they’re in no particular order. I hope that you find them helpful.
The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike. This is the book that started it all for me. It’s a YA vampire novel that I read in fifth grade. I haven’t read it since then, and probably would have a different viewpoint of it as an adult. But I’m including this book in the list since it’s what got me passionate about vampires in the first place.
Pike made his book unique when he created the origin of vampires. The book contains a thriller/mystery feel when someone tries to kill the main character, who was the last of the vampires. She investigates to discover who is killing her and finds out she’s not as alone as she thought.
The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison. In this series, the main character is actually a witch, but vampires are a big part of the plot and a lot of the other key characters are vampires, so I’m including this in the list.
Harrison does a great job of world building and creating tension in the characters as well as the plot. The setting for her series takes place after a disease (spread by tomatoes) wiped out half of the human population and mystical creatures were “outed” because they weren’t affected. A witch, vampire, and pixie band together to start their own investigative company. They encounter one adventure after another in each book. Each plot is well written and creates quite the page turner.
Kostova was able to generate a very creepy atmosphere with this book while not being gory or having graphic violence. It’s written in first person point of view, and the main character never says her name. The novel is very intelligent and is a mix of adventure, Gothic, and thriller all in one.
Interview With the Vampire by Ann Rice. If The Last Vampire was the novel to start my obsession, Interview With the Vampire was the one to drive it home. I fell in love with Rice’s characters and was able to read this book easily when I was only in the seventh grade.
Ann Rice was the author to pioneer the idea of vampires having feelings and being more than just inherently evil. She is a gifted storyteller. The rest of this series was well done, but Interview will always be my favorite, with The Vampire Lestat coming in at a close second.
With the books above listed as my favorite, I would like to give “honorable mention” to two other vampire series: The Sookie Stackhouse series, by Charlaine Harris and the Anita Blake series by Laurel K Hamilton. Both were absolutely amazing for the first several books, but started to taper off the longer the series continued. I would still recommend picking these up to read, just keep in mind you might not want to finish the whole series.
There you have it. I’m sorry I didn’t mention Dracula. I do realize that book is the most iconic when it comes to vampire literature, but it’s not my personal favorite.
Thanks so much, Adrienne! Great list!
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