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Subject: Looking for suggestions
Date Posted: 11/27/2009 9:12 PM ET
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My daughter just turned 13 and is seriously into vampires after reading three of the twilight series and is looking for more books to read about vampires and paranormal romances are the only type that I know of that are about vampires.  Are there any good series that would be acceptable for this age.  I am also open to any suggestions that are not considered paranormal romance as well.

Theresa

Date Posted: 11/27/2009 9:51 PM ET
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At 13, that is a difficult age as some kids will be ready for much more adult books than others.  There have been several threads in the YA forum.

I just finished Dead is the New Black.  (M. Perez)  It is quite clean for a YA vamp book.  Some kissing.  Some threat and death.  But little described violence.

Rachel Caine has the Morganville Vampire series.  But it is violent.

I really liked Sunshine by Robin McKinley.  The main character is older (about 22?) and does have a boyfriend.  But the story is really more focused on friendships and family. 

I always bring out Blood and Chocolate.  By Klause.   And Vivian Vande Velde has a large number of supernatural books aimed at younger YA.  

Date Posted: 11/27/2009 10:11 PM ET
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My daughter is 13 and she's reading Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak series right now.  I think she's on #6.  There's a movie out that's based on this series too.

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 12:43 AM ET
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How does your daughter like that series Alisa? I have all of them, but I keep putting them off for other stuff. They look great though.

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 2:04 AM ET
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Here is a website that reviews vamp novels.  They have a section on YA vamps.  They often don't detail the amount of sex or violence.  

http://www.lovevampires.com/reviews.htm

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 2:51 AM ET
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The House of Night series is pretty good - but there is some "mature" stuff.  Pages into the 1st book the main character witnesses what she later realizes was a girl trying to give a guy oral sex.  In another book said main character loses her virginity.  I do have to admit that the authors do try to put a postitive spin on things.  The main character was like "ewwwwwww ick & I'm glad I'm not one of those girls who feels she has to give a blow job" and later realizes she made a mistake when she lost her virginity - regrets it. 


I had borrowed the series from on of my 7th graders.  She gladly brought me all the books when I made mention I had been wanting to read them.

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 1:33 PM ET
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My DD is 15 -- she loves Twilight, also

Rachel Caine's Morganville Vamps

P.C. Cast - House of Night series

Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy

Holly Black -- Tithe Series ( fairies not vamps)

Tamora Pierce - ( more fantasy - no  vamps)

My son who is 13 really like the Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan, he also has a Demon Series he liked too. 

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 3:28 PM ET
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There are a lot of YA books out there.  Finding one without a long WL and the right level of violence and sex? 

I also liked Justine Larbalestier.

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 3:38 PM ET
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I also liked Justine Larbalestier.

Oh I can't stand her writing. I tried to read How to Ditch Your Fairy and I lasted about 50 pages. The lingo and made up words were so unnecessary and just plain annoying. I won't be trying anything else by her.

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 6:24 PM ET
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Ah.  I read the Magic series.  Aussie magic realism.  Not How to Ditch. 

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 8:48 PM ET
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I also like Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 5:21 PM ET
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Melissa de la Cruz is great.  I also thought Evernight by Claudia Gray was very well done, and/but I have seen other threads where people complained it was too much like Twilight.  I still enjoyed it, and sounds like your daughter might.  (There are subsequent books in the series but I haven't read them yet.)

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Date Posted: 11/30/2009 5:39 PM ET
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 would recommend the Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Light romance but a very good story line set a vampire academy in Montana. The series improves as it goes on.

Alice

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 6:26 PM ET
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How about Maggie Stiefvater?  Shiver was shelved with the younger YA at our local bookstore.