Recommendations: Vampire books

No Twilight beyond this point. This is a new recommendation post. I promised I’d do more, and then I promptly forgot. But here is a recommendation list. This time I shall recommend vampire books, because I couldn’t think of anything else.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
I still don’t exactly know where I heard about this, but I’m pretty sure I’m insane, because I feel like I’ve imagined where I heard it. Anyway. It’s about a girl named Tana, and she lives in a world where vampires have come out of hiding. And they sort of roam the world. Officially they’re supposed to live in Coldtowns, which are fenced in towns where they live. They use the power of the Internet to earn money. They’re really creepy, and it’s really cool. And it rings really true. It feels very real and it’s just so creepy. I loved it.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I feel like we can’t talk about vampire books without mentioning Dracula. Luckily it’s really good. The end is a bit boring, but the build up to meeting Dracula is interesting. It’s told in letter and diary entry form. Mina and Jonathan Harker, and Lucy Wenstra record their meetings with Dracula through letters and diaries. Jonathan goes to Transylvania to help him buy a house in England. It’s very sort of insidious. And I remember getting increasingly more desperate as Jonathan gets more desperate. It’s really cool.

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
This is the story of Pearl, who is a vampire, the younger daughter in a family of old vampires. She is stabbed by a unicorn and wakes up on her porch, and suddenly she can walk out in sunlight, she can see her reflection, all those things vampires aren’t supposed to be able to do. Naturally her family thinks this is a superb opportunity, because she can now go to high school and bring teenagers to their house so they can hand them over to old, impressive vampires. It’s a great novel. Pearl is a great character. The book is very character driven. She is amazing. She’s snarky and sarcastic and funny, and the whole thing is just so good.

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

This is pretty much the creepiest vampire book I’ve read. One because the vampire is just really gross and horrible, and also the vampire is a child. And tiny child-vampires are creepy. It’s about a kid named Oskar, who lives in Stockholm in the early 80s. One day a teenager in his neighbourhood is killed and drained of blood. To Oskar it feels like there’s finally revenge, because the victim was his bully. And there is a new kid in his building, who is revealed to be a vampire. It’s so much creepiness, and so much awfulness, and it is so astoundingly good and awesome.

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
Second Dracula-book on the list, because I have no imagination. It’s not so much about Dracula. It is set in Victorian England and the queen has remarried, her new consort is Dracula, and she’s basically held captive by the count. The book is about Geneviève Dieudonné, a vampire, and Charles Beauregard, a human, trying to solve the Ripper murders. There are vampires bouncing around, creating havoc, and Geneviève and Charles have to interact with made up people, and historical characters. It’s really good, and I should read the next book in the series.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The third Dracula book on the list. This is based on the legend of Vlad Tepes, who would become Dracula. A lot of people, around the world, throughout history, have found an ancient book about Dracula. They’re all different size and thickness, but they are all about the same thing. The recipients then feel the need to solve the mystery of the book, where it came from, about Dracula, all that fun stuff. The main character, who I don’t think is named, the daughter of a recipient, finds his copy, and realizes it’s connected to her mother’s disappearance. And it’s really cool, and Vlad Tepes, or Dracula, is sort of in the background, and there’s travel from Amsterdam, through Europe, to the Carpathian mountains, to find her father, and mother. It’s really cool, and well crafted, and it feels real, and one day I will reread it.