Monday, October 5, 2009

Books By Theme: Supernatural Romance

Bella and Edward in Twilight movie Kristen Stewart

Lock the doors, grab some garlic, and kick back with a supernatural romance. Love does, indeed, conquer all. Even flesh-eating zombies.

(All summaries from VOYA.)

Teen vampire Vladimir Tod must cope with navigating human middle school and then high school in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer. Life can be tough for Vlad. He is a target for bullies, must curb his vampire blood lust, and is being stalked by a vampire hunter. His relationship with his dream girl Meredith is simply not working out. The perils of adolescence seem to post more of a problem for Vlad than the risks of being a vampire, but with the help of his Uncle Otis, he manages to survive until the next school year.

In Evernight, by Claudia Gray, teen vampire Bianca falls head over heels in love with Lucas, a fellow student at Evernight Academy, a boarding school for vampires. But human Lucas despises vampires, which creates lots of romantic tension between the two lovers. The second book in the series, Stargazer, keeps the romance between Bianca and Lucas steaming as they team up with fellow student and vampire Balthazar to investigate the continuing mysteries at Evernight Academy.

In the post-apocalyptic world of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, Mary has lived her entire life in a small village enclave in the middle of a forest inhabited by the Unconsecrated, a horde of zombies. The only thing protecting her village is a fence and the vigilance of the religious Sisterhood that has absolute control over the inhabitants. Mary dreads an arranged marriage with a man she does not love almost as much as she fears the undead that lurk in the forest beyond the fence. When the fence is breached, she must make a choice between the one she loves and the one who loves her as she battles to survive.

 A one night stand has truly horrific consequences in Scott Westerfeld's Peeps, where ghoulish vampires in New York City are created by a sexually transmitted disease. Cal contracts the disease but finds that he is only a carrier and thus spared the full effects of infection. He becomes obsessed with tracking down the woman who originally infected him and enlists the help of Lace, a fellow college student. Cal must struggle against his desire for Lace to prevent creating yet another ravening, mindless vampire. Safe sex takes on a whole new meaning in this smart sci-fi vampire tale.
 Two ghostly lovers still attached to the mortal world are the focus of Laura Whitcomb's A Certain Slant of Light. Helen, a ghost who died more than 130 years ago, inhabits a succession of human bodies and lives in a world unaware of her existence until she meets fellow ghost, James. As they fall in love, James persuades her to enter the body of a young girl so they can take their love beyond the spiritual realm.



Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

you are more then welcome for the shout out. I thought after maybe I should have asked ya first...ooops!

Are you rading these for October? The Peeps cover freaks me out!

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

No, no...shout outs need no permission!

Also, I'm not rating these for October. This is just a general recommendation post. But, Amanda of The Zen Leaf has a great review of Peeps here.

Alyce said...

I love Scott Westerfeld books, but have to admit that I've skipped Peeps because I don't read these types of supernatural books - they just creep me out too much.

Veens said...

It is Vampire month! :) God! I love reading this genre!

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