To say we were surprised by the response we received to our favorite vampire authors poll would be an understatement. The comments provide a few interesting discussions, with book suggestions and a debate on Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. The poll results have three clear favorites: Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris and Hamilton.
The No. 1 thing we took away: Our blog readers had different favorites than our Twitter followers. (We made the shortlist for the poll from suggestions via Twitter.) With so many excellent authors added both in the “other” field and through the comments, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give them attention.
We can’t say we recommend all the authors you suggested, either because we aren’t fans of their work or because we haven’t read it yet. However, we’re happy to highlight the top 10 recommendations below (and we’ll denote the ones with the Vampire Book Club seal of approval).
1. Stephenie Meyer
You thought we were nuts for leaving the woman who brought us Twilight off the list. She definitely created a new type of vampire that spurred discussion among vampire fans, and introduced many new readers to genre fiction.
2. Rachel Caine
Caine’s cheeky Morganville Vampires series is fun and refreshing. The first book, Glass Houses, is a bit heavy on the world-building, but stick with it. As we said in our review of Glass Houses/Dead Girls Dance: “Rachel Caine has created characters we can root for and a broad world in which the opportunities for plot points are vast.”
3. L.J. Smith
We’re not on the L.J. Smith bandwagon, so instead we’re offering up the synopsis for the first Vampire Diaries novel. (We do love the TV show, though, especially the deliciously wicked Ian Somerhalder.)
The Awakening (Vampire Diaries #1):
Elena Gilbert is a pretty, popular teen who was orphaned when her parents were killed in an accident. Despite the tragedy, her life has always been normal and wholesome. Until the beginning of the school year, when two new vampire brothers show up to shake the peaceful universe at Robert E. Lee High.
4. Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Dark Hunter series is one of those that is perpetually on our to be read list. If this many of you suggest it, though, we’re moving it up. Expect a review of the first title, Fantasy Lover, in the near future.
Additionally, her new young adult series Chronicles of Nick keeps drawing our attention. We’ll see about moving its first title, Infinity, up the TBR list as well.
Readers, no one said favorite titles by Kenyon. Guide us on this one in the comments, if you’re so inclined.
5. Jim Butcher
Crime solving. Magic. Tons of paranormal goodness. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, which is now on book 12, is gritty and engaging. We’re going to start posting reviews of Dresden Files books this fall. The first title in this series is Storm Front.
6. Claudia Gray
We feel a little badly that we haven’t written about the Evernight series on the blog. When we first saw another young adult series set at a school with vampires, we were hesitant, but plowed on anyway. So very happy we did. Claudia Gray has a talent for maintaining tension through the series and surprising you with twists.
The latest in the series, Hourglass, was our favorite so far. If you like romance with obstacles like “we’re trying to kill each other’s families” and a world with vampires, slayers and wraiths, get in on Evernight.
7. Melissa de la Cruz
We can’t decide if we want to read Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series. It looks like this one is either a love it or hate it type series, with both sides telling us it’s “kind of like Gossip Girl with vampires.”
View the Blue Bloods trailer below, and tell us, should we read it?
8. Christine Feehan
We don’t typically do the straight-forward romance, so we haven’t given Christine Feehan’s Carpathians series a go. Readers, can you give us some kindred authors, so we can get a feel if we could enjoy it? If so, we’ll add her books into the review mix.
Synopsis for Dark Prince (Carpathians #1):
He came to her in the night, a predator — strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. His need. His darkness. His terrible haunting loneliness. Her senses aroused, she craved the dangerous force of his body. Burned for him. And he had only touched her with his mind.
She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that filled the waning night. And she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness. A beautiful angel. Her compassion, courage, and innocence awakened in him an exquisite longing and tenderness. He knew he must possess her, for only she could tame his savage side and lift the dark shadow from his soul. Apart they were desolate, bereft. Intertwined physically and spiritually, they could heal one another and experience an eternity of nights filled with love.
9. Bram Stoker
Yes, we love Dracula. Back in our college days we took a Gothic literature course and Dracula was one of the key books. (My lit professor was obsessed with Dracula, so we delved into mythology, themes and the like, and I must admit it made me fall farther in love with the classic.)
10. Poppy Z. Brite
We haven’t seen any of Poppy Z. Brite’s vampire novels. So, we’re turning this one back on you guys. Her name just made it into the top 10, but there should be enough of you to give us a good suggestion.
Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll, offered up other excellent authors or joined in the discussion in the comments.
Now, here’s a list of all the other authors suggested in the poll (in no particular order): Kresley Cole, Maggie Shayne, Katie MacAlister, Lili St. Crow, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Robin McKinley, Lara Adrian, Christopher Golden, Barb & J.C. Hendee, Carrie Vaughn, Jess Battis, Kelley Armstrong, PN Elrod, DD Barant, JF Lewis, Guillermo del Toro, Justin Cronin, Christopher Farnsworth, Cherie Priest, Ilona Andrews, Sergei Lukyanenko, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Christine Warren, Jennifer Rardin, Mary Janice Davidson, Patricia Briggs, Faith Hunter, Alyxandra Harvey, Molly Harper, Kimberly Pauley, Nalini Singh, Gena Showalter, Stephen King and Tanya Huff.