I just do not recall that we had so many fun books to read when I was into the young adult/teen reading levels. I remember things like the Black Stallion and Trixie Belden. They have been out there, but I missed them. So now that I'm in my thirties, I'm revisiting the teen years by checking out some of these fun reads! Thank goodness the angst is all fictional for me now!
Just as the Paranormal Genre has exploded in the adult world, touching Romance, Urban Fantasy and Mystery (it's pretty much always been in Horror), there are many, many teen paranormal novels as well. Some are funny, some are a little more dark. Here are the ones I've enjoyed so far this year:
Fendi, Ferragamo, and Fangs by Julie Kenner, Johanna Edwards and Serena Robar
Olivia, Veronika and Sydney are the winners of a modeling contest held by the Vamps, Inc. Agency. Excited to become professional models, the new life that awaits them isn't quite what they expected. But then the girls aren't quite what Vamps, Inc. expected either!
Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine
Claire is a new freshman in college where it seems that terrorizing her is the favorite past time of some of the more popular girls at the school. Their hazing is brutal, to the point where Claire fears for her life and decides to look for somewhere else in the town to live. She finds an ad for an old house off-campus and goes for an interview. There she meets Eve and Shane, two of the roommates, but is told that Michael, the owner of the house will have final say in if she gets to stay. Reluctantly the mysterious Michael finally agrees. He is worried not only because of how young she is, but also that she'll draw attention to them. The town of Morganville is hiding a very dark secret and Claire is one of the unprotected...
This one was the darkest of my teen reads, but I also have to the say my favorite of the bunch so far, this first book ends with a truely heart stopping cliff-hanger! I'm actually supposed to be getting #2 of the series from another friend, but I may not be able to wait!
The Good Ghouls Guide to Getting Even by Julie Kenner
Beth Frasier had her school year all planned out, even what extra curricular activities she needed to look good when applying for college. She had just the right mix, as long as she made the drill team. She didn't, but only because she was singled out for an even bigger honor, the cheerleading squad. She meets up with the squad after school, still not quite believing her luck, and comes away forever changed. Being a vampire really did not fit in with her plan and now she's determined to get back at the ones who did this to her and maybe, hope against hope, find a way to become human again!
Braced 2 Bite by Serena Robar
Colby Blanchard is another teen who has her life all figured out and planned to a T. She knows who she wants to take her Homecoming, she just has to get him to ask, but she's working on it. When the plan to meet up with Aiden after the game falls through, embarassingly after she'd told EVERYONE that he was taking her home, Colby must take the quick walk back through the woods to her house. Not quick enough, she is accosted by the attacker that's been in the news lately, and yes, you guessed it, she gets turned into a vampire. Turning up after two days of being missing, her family is relieved if confused, and soon turns to helping Colby recover. As if trying to get a date for Homecoming wasn't hard enough, especially now in her daylight challenged form, Colby gets a visit from the vampire Tribunal and learns that she's in violation of their laws because she isn't licensed. Not only that, but she's only a half-blood, not even a real vampire! Colby refuses to give in gracefully however and decides to fight back against the out dated vampire laws, even though it seems to be a no-win situation.
These were all fast and fun reads that I highly recommend if you're looking for some teen vamp fun. There are a ton more out there that I'll be sampling for sure!
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