Lesser known vampire, werewolf, etc. books

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  1. Megana Vallentin

    Megana Vallentin Aes Sedai

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    Who's tired of hearing about Twilight and True Blood? :) There are a lot of other, overlooked options out there!

    What other books have you read on these topics that were awesome but no one seems to know about?

    One of my favorite series is The Last Vampire (aka Thirst) by Christopher Pike. It's a young adult series that was released years ago, but the author recently came out of hiding and started adding new books to the series. It starts off like a seemingly typical vampire series, but veers pretty far off course from there. A lot of unexpected elements!

    A good standalone novel is Sunshine by Robin McKinley. I read this when Twilight first got popular and I was determined to hate it, because I hated anything to do with vampires at the time, but Robin McKinley has this awesome way of really drawing you into her stories.

    As for werewolves, how about Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series? I came to this series from reading Anita Blake (let's not even go there) and it was such sweet, sweet relief to learn about Briggs's werewolves and read a sexy romance story that didn't feel like smut. Her Alpha and Omega series that is set in the same world is a different dynamic but also really nifty.

    What else have you guys got? :D
     
  2. Dieda Eriu

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    I'm not really a one for vampires, but werewolves - yes, please :D

    Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega I enjoy immensely.

    Bitten and Stolen by Kelley Armstrong were wonderful for me (they-re a bit more graphic than Patricia Brigs- novels, but not as much as LKH's). Also, the female lead is a total kickas and I love her voice. If you haven't read them, these are a must.

    Alice Borchardt has a series about werewolves - the first one is Silver Wolf. I've read that one, and the next one, but not the third one - not yet. I wasn't really enchanted with her writing, but these novels are a little different from your typical werewolf fiction because they take place in ancient Rome. A fresh setting can't hurt.

    Carrie Vaughn has a series about Kitty - I've read the first one, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, and I liked it. The lead is more like Anna from the first Alpha and Omega book - scared and kinda submissive, instead of your typical kickass supernatural heroine, but she grows during the novel so that's cool. Also, music has a big role, as far as I remember, since the main character has a radio show that all supernaturals listen to :) I've only read the first book, though, so not sure about the others.

    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. It's a teen read, but great fun. In any case, the book was good, the movie not so much.

    I also like Kim Harrison, she writes wonderfully fun urban fantasy with witches, werewolves, vampires and everything in it.

    I also started an Ilona Andrews book the other day - also urban fantasy, also a mix of all the supernatural beings you can imagine, that seems pretty good too :)

    I can't wait for other people's recs
     
  3. Megana Vallentin

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    A werewolf named Kitty...please tell me they do something fun with that one!
     
  4. Dieda Eriu

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    I don't remember it in such detail, just the general storyline and the overall feel of the book :look :p But I expect they do :p
     
  5. Wil Cambrae

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    I've always enjoyed Brian Lumly's Necroscope series.
     
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    I read this trilogy that is apparently a spin-off of a longer vampire series called Blood Price, which I haven't read that I really enjoyed. It's not really about vampires per se....but the main character's protective ex-boyfriend is a vampire who also happens to be the gay bastard son of Henry VIII. Who writes trashy romance novels in his spare time. The second book in particular, Smoke and Mirrors, was really good.
     
  7. Megana Vallentin

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    That is the zaniest summary ever. Worth checking out just for that!
     
  8. Megana Vallentin

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    Awww I went to the library today for some of these and they didn't have ANY of them. Or if they did have something by one author, it would be later books in the series and not the first! Boo.
     
  9. Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn

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    Never Ceese, and it's sequel, Forever Richard were pretty good. I don't remember who they're by off hand...
     
  10. Kessa Toireann

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    I got turned on to the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton recently. It is like a very dark, very adult version of Buffy, but as the book progresses it gets very involved in the world of werewolves and wereleopards. I have to say it has the first vampire/werewolf love triangle that made me realize how much Twilight is a total copy (these were written starting in the 90s). Of course, these books get a lot more steamy and Anita is like the anti-Bella.

    J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood is also amazing. It's like a soap opera about vampire men, basically, but they are all hot and the books really draw you in to their world.

    Jenna Maclaine has the Cyn series of books that are interesting. They start out in Regency London when a young witch voluntarily gets turned to a vampire because she is being chased by Kali. The series follows her every 10-20 years as she develops as a vampire and develops her relationship with Michael.

    Maggie Shane has her own Twilight series (the books are all named with the word "Twilight" in the titles) with some very romantic vampires. No werewolves in that series.

    If you want something shameless, Pamela Palmer has a series about shapeshifters that are given the power to shift by rather...unconventional means. ;) They are definitely not quality literature, but I laughed through them and would pick up another one because they are entertaining.

    (and Megana- Christopher Pike's Last Vampire series was the first I ever read about vampires and made me fall in love with the genre. He still wrote one of the best depictions from an ancient vampire's point of view)
     
  11. Megana Vallentin

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    I enjoyed that series for about the first half a dozen books, then I started to lose the plot in all the crazy romance (if you can still call it 'romance', haha). But if you want steamy, that is definitely the series to go to.
     
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    Yeah, I have heard that. I'm currently on book 8. There has only been one actual steamy scene so far(well- quite a few steamy, but only one that would up the rating past R if done in a theater), but it's disappointing that all of the complicated mysteries involving zombies and voodoo and vampires disappear to discuss werewolf pack hierarchies for chapter after chapter.
     
  13. Megana Vallentin

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    Yes, that's exactly why I fell in love with Patricia Briggs's werewolves when I moved on from Anita Blake to Mercy Thompson. They felt so sane in comparison! But yeah, overall it just feels like it goes so far away from what the story was in the beginning.
     
  14. Kerwin Thaumiel

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    The Carpathian novels, by Christine Feehan. about vampires and another race called carpathians. it's quite steemy. I'm not sure that an R would be enough for the series. It's very interesting paranormal stories.
     
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    Kim Harrison's hallow series encompasses vampires , werewolves , witches , demons and elves with a completely different spin. IMHO it is a worthy series
     
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    Hi guys. I've just read a book called angels blood by sallyann phillips. I enjoyed it. It has a unique take on werewolf and vampire origins, and its the start of a series.
     
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    The German author Markus Heitz writes also about vampires, werewolves and alike. I'm not sure, though, if he is translated into English aside from his Dwarves series.
     
  18. Phaedra Lampros

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    I have not heard of most of the books mentioned in this thread. I am excited because I love reading about vampires and shape changers. I am definatly going to check some of these book series out! Hopefully I can find some of them on audio because that how I get most of my reading done these days, while I work. I do have to say that I like the earlier books of the Anita Blake series. I stopped around 12 or 13, I can't remember. They got a little crazy. BUT I still go to those books for a little guilty pleasure. I did make the mistake one time trying to listen to one of those books on tape at work. Oh my that was a MISTAKE. Apparently my face was red all morning and I giggled a lot. Finally someone asked me if I was OK and asked me if I was listening to something funny. Never again will I try to listen to one of those books at work, but at home heck yeah! :D
     
  19. Marrow Rahien

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    The Wolf's Hour read this one when I was a kid, cannot speak for its quality now.

    Still trying to remember the vamp novel I read in the same era - I can remember basically nothing except it features vampires and bikers (but was not the Vampire Bikers series of today)

    Always meant to check out Vampirates, just because of the goofy/awesome title.
     
  20. Axis m'Troutilas

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    Thread for Anita Blake discussion here if your ever interested in talking about them.

    http://www.tarvalon.net/showthread.php?1456-Laurell-K-Hamilton-Anita-Blake-Series

    I think the later ones are picking up again personally.