9 Vampire Novels That Teens Can Sink Their Teeth Into
Ever since Bram Stoker terrified the world with Dracula, people have been intrigued by the scary yet sultry realm of vampire fiction. While there are plenty of vampire novels that cater to adults and young children, blood-sucking books for teens have been especially popular since the success of the Twilight Saga. If you want a YA novel that you can really sink your teeth into, look no further than this list.
9 Fantastic Vampire Novels For Teens
|Title||Author(s)||Next Book in the Series|
|1.||Marked||P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast||Betrayed|
|2.||Peeps||Scott Westerfeld||The Last Days|
|4.||My Blood Approves||Amanda Hocking||Fate|
|5.||The Unearthly||Laura Thalassa||The Coveted|
|6.||Hearts at Stake||Alyxandra Harvey||Blood Feud|
|7.||Potions & Fangs||Jennifer Snyder & Alyssa Rose Ivy||N/A|
|8.||Pretty Dead||Francesca Lia Block||N/A|
|9.||Vampire Academy||Richelle Mead||Frostbite|
A Brief History of Vampires
Vampire fiction is an extremely popular sub-genre that has captivated generations of teens. Many young adult literature readers get hooked on these alluring thriller stories, drawn in by a mix of horror, adventure, seduction, and romance.
In no particular order, here are some of the best vampire novels crafted in such a way that teenage readers can easily relate to them. These 9 books promise fantasy and mystery in every page.
#1 on the list is "Marked: A House of Night Novel." Authored by P.C. Cast and daughter Kristin, it follows the life of 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she is "marked" by a vampire tracker. Leaving her family in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, she moves into the House of Night, a boarding school for fledgling blood suckers.
At #2 is "Peeps," which is centered around a sexually-transmitted form of vampirism. This story by Scott Westerfeld imparts a gentle message about safe sex while giving a crash course in real-life parasitology. With a biology geek protagonist, this novel incorporates horror with humor, science, superheroes, and romance.
Listed at #3 is "Echoes" by Michelle Rowen. The story is about vampires called Upryi, wraiths that inhabit the bodies of dead people. The protagonists Ethan and Olivia have known each other since they were kids. While Olivia is being hunted, Ethan will give everything to protect her. This is a tale about love between a disturbed human and her unlikely hero.
Next at #4 is "My Blood Approves." Amanda Hocking brings a fresh perspective on the classic lore with this first book in a series of urban fantasy novels. It follows the story of a 17 year-old girl named Alice who falls for a pair of vampire brothers. Alice is a girl who loves passionately and fully and has a hard time choosing between Jack, who is charming and friendly, and Peter, who she feels drawn to on a primal level.
At #5 is "The Unearthly." Laura Thalassa writes about the story of Gabrielle Fiori in The British Isles. She enrolls into Peel Academy, a boarding school for supernatural legacies. In a ritual called the awakening, she dies and wakes up in a morgue as half vampire and siren. She later meets Andre de Leon, the infamous bad boy of the community. This is a great read for fans of paranormal romance and young vampirism.
#6 on the list is "Hearts at Stake." Alyxandra Harvey's first book in The Drake Chronicles focuses on the youngest and only female child in a long line of born bloodsuckers, Solange. As she turns 16, she comes into transition. It also follows her human best friend, Lucy and one of her older brothers, Nick. Readers will find thrilling interactions between humans and the dark creatures in the pages. It is the perfect mix of action, drama and romance.
At #7, "Potions and Fangs" is the first book in the Vampire Email series. It tells the story of Fern and Holder, both adjusting to college. Their lives are interlocked through exchanges of electronic letters, containing revelations of their true identities. With a plot that is told entirely through emails, authors Jennifer Snyder and Alyssa Rose Ivy take the readers into a familiar world of secrets, mystery, and young love.
Next, at #8 is "Pretty Dead." Charlotte Emerson, the protagonist, is a vampire who lives in modern day Los Angeles. She chooses to become part of the dark world when her twin brother dies, but later regrets that decision. However, when she falls in love, her perfectly immortal body goes through some very mortal changes. In this novel, Francesca Lia Block explores the intense loneliness and isolation that accompany immortality.
Finally, at #9 is "Vampire Academy." The first in a series of six by Richelle Mead, it is not an ordinary vampire tale. It blends fantasy with teen issues and social angst that readers will truly appreciate. The main character is Rose, an exceptionally strong young woman. She is clever and has a good sense of humor. As the story progresses, she evolves from a reckless teenager to a dedicated warrior. This is a heady mixture of vicious gossip, the supernatural, and adolescent sexuality.