In the small Southern town of Gatlin, nothing ever really happens… but among the murky swamps and overgrown gardens lies a secret. Sixteen-year-old Ethan is haunted by dreams about a beautiful girl he’s never met; then along comes Lena, a new girl at school with hidden powers and a long-standing family curse – oh, and she is of course the girl from Ethan’s dreams! Just like Edward in Twilight, Ethan and Lena are able to communicate telepathically – but what is the reason for their mysterious connection?
The first book in the Blood of Eden series sets the scene for a very different vampire story to Twilight. In this post-apocalyptic dystopia, vampires reign supreme and humans are used like livestock for blood – a far cry from the ‘good’ vampires written by Stephanie Meyer! But young Allie Sekemoto has hated vampires all her life, and after becoming immortal herself she must save humanity by finding a cure for the disease that wiped out most of humankind in the first place. This dark and twisted world is a fascinating take on the vampire genre.
One night at a club in New York City changes fifteen-year-old Clary Fray’s life forever. After witnessing a bizarre murder – where the body and the killers disappear into thin air – she gets pulled into the world of Jace and the other Shadowhunters – soldiers whose job it is to rid the world of demons. But why was Clary suddenly able to see the Shadowhunter, and why are the demons so interested in her and her mother? The first of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling fantasy adventure series is a must-read for any Twilight fan!
For a real Twilight-esque fix, online sensation Abigail Gibbs’ The Dark Heroine series should tick all the boxes. A young teenage girl who knows nothing of the paranormal world? Check. Vampire family with an altruistic side? Check. Brooding handsome vampire who seduces said girl? Check! Autumn Rose is the equally thrilling follow-up, and a third novel is in the pipeline.
This gripping trilogy introduces a whole new supernatural world of monsters and angels that’s guaranteed to get fans of Twilight, Lord of the Rings et al more than a little bit excited! Karou is a young art student in Prague who constantly sketches drawings of monsters; but are they real, and what are the mysterious black handprints that keep appearing on people’s doorways? And why does Karou speak some languages that don’t even seem to be human? Karou herself doesn’t even know the answers to these questions, but she’s about to find out as she gets caught up in a savage war of worlds and meets the mysterious Akiva…
You’ve probably heard of the TV show, but did you know that The Vampire Diaries was originally a series of novels? L.J Smith published the first trilogy (The Awakening, The Struggle and The Fury) in the early 90s, before releasing The Return Trilogy (Nightfall, Shadow Souls and Midnight) many years later, in 2009. Two follow-up trilogies were published between 2011 and 2014, but these were not written by Smith. The narrative focuses on Elena Gilbert, a teenage girl who must choose between the love of two vampire brothers: Damon and Stefan Salvatore. Could this be classed as the original teen vampire romance novel?
Louder than Words by Laurie Plissner
Ever since being injured in the car crash that killed her parents and sister, young Sasha has only been able to speak through a synthetic voice machine. Although the rest of her body is fine, her heart and spirit are broken; that is, until she meets the gorgeous, dark-haired Ben who (like Edward) is able to read and answer her thoughts. But Ben is no ordinary boy; he belongs to a family with a variety of strange talents and, as Sasha tries to win his affection, she discovers more about her past than she could ever remember – including what really happened the night she lost her family. Recommended for older readers due to sexual content.
Black City by Elizabeth Richards
This first book in the series of the same name introduces the Black City, a place where tensions mount on either side of the wall that was built to divide the humans and the Darklings following a brutal war. But sixteen-year-old Asher – a half-blood Darkling – and human Natalie bond over a mysterious connection that causes Asher’s heart to start beating once again. Just as Bella and Edward showed us, you can’t choose who you fall in love with, and the two must put their lives at risk as they try to fight against their feelings for each other.
Like most sensible girls, Cassandra Palmer tries to avoid vampires – though as we’ve found, this isn’t usually possible in the literary world! Cassandra can see into the future and speak to the dead, which isn’t usually very dangerous; but when a member of the undead who disturbed her years ago comes back to seek his vengeance, she has to turn to the vampire Senate for help. Cassie is soon put to work for one of the most powerful (and handsome, of course) members of the senate, who has a very particular set of demands…
The Mayflower ship set sail to America in 1620, carrying aboard men, women and children seeking a new life in the New World… but in Melissa de la Cruz’s take on these historical events, there were also vampires on board, whose money, power and influence saw them quickly become the pillars of American Society. For centuries, the secret of their immortality remained a secret; until modern day New York City, when the guise starts to unravel and secrets start to be revealed. Why is teenager Schuyler Van Alen suddenly craving raw food, and who drained the blood from the most popular girl in school?