And now I’m back to my vampire books again. They seem to dominate everything I’ve read for…well, this entire year. I can’t help it, I just love to read about vampires. Funny that I have no desire to write about them, isn’t it? I just don’t have an original idea for a vampire story. If I ever happen across one, I’m on it.
I’m going to start with The Awakening and The Struggle, both by L.J. Smith. The cover art is what caught my attention: a shadowy close-up of a face (I think a guy’s), with blood on the lips and cool glowing eyes. So I read the back cover copy, and saw that it’s a YA vampire story about a (human) girl and two vampire brothers. Nice. Sounded good, so I picked it up. Elena is the human girl who falls in love with the vampire, Stefan, though she doesn’t know he’s a vampire for a while. He keeps pushing her away, but eventually gives in to the attraction. This kind of gave me a Twilight-esqe feel, but I checked the pub date, and it said 1991, so that’s a no-go. I did enjoy this book, although I didn’t get into quite as much as I’d hoped. I did find myself liking Stefan, though not his brother Damon at all. I’m not sure if I’ll be reading the last two books in the series (assuming I can find them).
Next up are Don’t Talk Back to Your Vampire, and Because Your Vampire Said So, both by Michele Bardsley. Ms. Bardsley is hilarious in person, and her books are hysterical, too. Really. Laugh-out-loud funny. Like the idea of a small town in Oklahoma being taken over by vampires isn’t funny enough. Don’t Talk Back to Your Vampire is about Eva, the town librarian with a teenage daughter, who was changed into a vampire by Lorcan when he was on a rampage. But then she starts to fall for him. Kind of weird to be falling in love with the man (sort of) who murdered you. Because Your Vampire Said So is about Patsy, a country-girl hairdresser with a rebellious teenage son. Patsy is attracted to an outcast shape-shifter, but she also has her son to worry about, not to mention a prophecy about the queen destined to unite the vampires and shape-shifters. Kind of a lot to take on for a middle-aged vampires. These books are both really funny and well-written, with strong, distinct characters that I loved.
And now we come to Untamed, by P.C. and Kristin Cast, the latest in the House of Night series. If you haven’t read these books, you should run out and buy all of them immediately. They are fabulous. In this one, Zoey has managed to make all her friends mad at her, except for Aphrodite, who no one else even knows she’s friends with. Erik isn’t speaking to her. Heath thinks she’s dead. No one knows about Stevie Rae being sort-of-alive-and-sort-of-not. She has a mysterious connection with the new fledgling Stark, which ends even more strangely that usual for her. Her grandmother is in danger, and the only ones who can help her are a group of nuns (Is that a flock of nuns, maybe? No disrespect intended. Just wondering.). Oh, and Neferet is finally going to make her move. All in all, well, I don’t know if I can wait until March for the next book!