It seems a few of us here at the bookstore have been going vampire crazy. One of my co-workers has been cruising through the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, as well as reading Nightlight A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon. I am hoping she will tell me in more detail what she likes about the books so I can share, but at this point all that I know is that she has been enjoying all of them.
I have started reading The Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith, and I have been enjoying the classic look at the vampire genre. This is a six book series: The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury, The Dark Reunion, The Return: Nightfall, and The Return: Shadow Souls. I just finished reading the first book, The Awakening, and I immediately continued on to The Struggle. The first book is mostly about getting to know the characters and giving you a look at their back-story. I will warn you, the end of book one will leave you wanting to know more, so be prepared to start book two soon after. The story is also a fast read, so you will fly through book one. Book two, so far, seems to be all of the action that was building-up in book one. The Awakening is about Elena who falls in love with a vampire named Stefan. Everything seems like it should go okay for the two, except that Stefan has quite a bit of baggage from his past (which involves centuries, not years of baggage.) Not to mention, people are being attacked and killed in the small town. And, lets not forget the sibling conflict that resurfaces when Stefan’s brother arrives in town. If you are looking for a traditional young adult vampire tale, then this series is worth taking a look at.