Sunday, June 15, 2014

RA RA READ: Vampires, Werewolves, Faerie and the girls who love them

Now that we've moved the teen area downstairs, I confidently expect more teen reader's advisory questions. I've already gotten some so far! I have a lot of teen reading lists that are, sadly, somewhat outdated but I'm going to start with what I have and go from there and not just hope that our head of tech services and my new associate will get most of these questions (those being the people who read the most YA). So, I know publishers and everyone keeps saying that the paranormal romance is so over and it's all dystopia/steampunk/whatever now, but that's not true in my library. I've still got a lot of Twilight fans who enjoy these books and even the popular dystopias for us seem to lean more towards the "dramatic romance" than "gritty apocalypse". I'll do romantic dystopias and girls with powers later.
  • Kiesha'ra (series) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
    • Shapeshifters, quick reads
  • Den of shadows (series) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
    • Time-traveling vampires
  • Morganville Vampires (series) by Rachel Caine
    • More in the "scary" than "romantic" vampire genre
  • House of Night (series) by P. C. Cast
    • These are awful, but teens devour them. A mixture of weird religious/vampire lore and a heroine that everyone, including gays and happily paired up people, immediately falls in lust with
  • Blue Bloods (series) by Melissa de la Crus
    • Gossip Girls + Vampires
  • Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side (first in a series) by Beth Fantaskey
    • Jessica is a practical mathlete with a nice normal boyfriend. Then her parents tell her she's been betrothed from birth to vampire royalty
  • Hush, Hush (first in a series) by Becca Fitzpatrick
    • Bad boy angels
  • Beautiful Creatures (series) by Kami Garcia
    • Twilight backwards - vampire girl, normal boy. The movie was a flop but the books are still popular
  • Evernight (series) by Claudia Gray
    • Gothic boarding school and students with strange powers
  • Need (series) by Carrie Jones
    • Hunky were creatures and scary faeries
  • Fallen (series) by Lauren Kate
    • Another Gothic boarding school containing students with strange powers
  • Blood and Chocolate; Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
    • The original teen werewolf and vampire stories. Written by a librarian, so you know they're good.
  • Wicked Lovely (series) by Melissa Marr
    • Dark and tortured (sometimes torturing) faerie
  • Vampire Academy (series) by Richelle Mead
    • A slightly more fun vampire school. Still, you never know what's in the attic
  • Thirst (series) by Christopher Pike
    • Alisa must get close to Ray to ensure her immortality and she falls in love.
  • Vampire Kisses (series) by Ellen Schreiber
    • This is the series I most frequently recommend to kids who want to read Twilight but their parents don't want them to.
  • Tantalize (series) by Cynthia Leititch Smith
    • Murders, vampire-themed restaurants, werewolves-in-training...and it all happens in the live music scene of Austin, TX
  • Vampire Diaries (series) by L. J. Smith
    • Two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.
  • Shiver (trilogy) by Maggie Stiefvater
    • In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
  • Lament (trilogy) by Maggie Stiefvater
    • Faeries and music
  • Faire Folk Trilogy by Gillian Summers
    • For RenFaire fans who would like the faeries to be real.

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