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Top 5 vampire books

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 vampire books!!

World Dracula Day was Sunday 26 May, which is honestly hilarious. I hope Bram Stoker appreciates this from his grave. Not every fictional character gets their own celebration. Although, I can think of some other vampires I would like to celebrate more. *cough* Damon Salvatore *cough*

Now, I have to admit that I haven’t read The Vampire Diaries books, so they won’t be on this list. However, I do have a multitude of other books that feature morally grey fangtastic characters. And being off work with my back at the moment has meant that I am catching up on all of my vampire tv shows as well… hence the Damon gif. I’m all about the Damon and Klaus catch up at the moment. And Elijah… *fans self*

Now, I also want to clarify that I have A LOT of unread vampire books on my shelves that I’m sure are excellent. So if you’re wondering why books like The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh, Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff, House of Night by P. C. Cast, Dark Lover by J. R. Ward, and A Discovery of Witches (among many, many others) are not on my list, this is why.

I would like to give an honourable mention shout out to Carry On by Rainbow Rowell though, who I ummed and ahhed over including, but ultimately didn’t. Mostly because the books aren’t technically ABOUT Baz being a vampire. It was very close though!!

The April to June 2024 topics are out now!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted (albeit very terribly) here @ Meeghan reads.

Let’s look at my top 5 vampire books.

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top 5 vampire books

Bloodlines — Richelle Mead

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

NOTE: I am aware this is a follow on series from Vampire Academy, so the blurb below will contain spoilers for VA series. However, Sydney and Adrian are a million times better than Lissa, Christian and Dimitri, and even Rose. This series is 6 books, following on from VA’s 6 books.

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside and within the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

The Southern Vampire Mysteries — Charlaine Harris

NOTE: The TV show True Blood deserves to be branded as a complete failure of an adaptation. The only thing they did right was the casting of Eric and Pam, and maybe Sookie. But the book series (13 books + 15-ish short stories) is 100% complete perfection. Even when it went a little off the rails around book 10…

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself and doesn’t get out much not because she’s not pretty she’s a very cute bubbly blonde or not interested in a social life. She really is… but Sookie’s got a bit of a disability. She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable.

And then along comes Bill: he’s tall, he’s dark and he’s handsome and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting all her life for. But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s fussy about his food, he doesn’t like suntans and he’s never around during the day… Yep, Bill’s a vampire. Worse than that, he hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble of the murderous kind.

And then one of Sookie’s colleagues at the bar is killed and it’s beginning to look like Sookie might be the next victim…

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Bride — Ali Hazelwood

Bride by Ali Hazelwood

NOTE: A newbie to this list (compared to others), but well worth the hype. Especially since it’s also a standalone book. (Guess you can write a lot when they’re immortal.) While a lot of the other series feature vamp and were politics, this one takes it to a whole other level.

A dangerous alliance between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf becomes a love deep enough to sink your teeth into in this new paranormal romance.

Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcast again. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchange again…

Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. It’s clear from the way he tracks Misery’s every movement that he doesn’t trust her. If only he knew how right he was….

Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she’s ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory… alone with the wolf.

Chicagoland Vampires — Chloe Neill

NOTE: I devoured this entire series (13 books + 5 short stories) last year on a recommendation from Clo @ Cuppa Clo. Like, I could not read it fast enough. Perfect mix of paranormal and mystery, set in the early 2000s.

They killed me. They healed me. Then they changed me.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately, he expects her gratitude and servitude.

But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war and there will be blood.

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

Undead series — MaryJanice Davidson

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

NOTE: So, I’m feeling like a lot of my books are actually mystery/thriller books in the guise of paranormal fiction… And I’m not actually mad about it. This is no exception. It’s a 16 book series (which I thought ended at 15!!) + god knows how many short stories and crossovers with other series. It’s also set in the late 90s/early 2000s, and I don’t know how well it’s dated. BUT, if you love the Stephanie Plum series, I would highly recommend.

Also, you can damn well bet that I will be reading book 16 soon!!

First Betsy Taylor loses her job, then she’s killed in a car accident. But what really bites is that she can’t seem to stay dead. And now her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious power-hungry vampire in five centuries.

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What are your top 5 vampire books?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

12 Comments

  • Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    Bloodlines is just so much better than TVA but I think that may be because I just really didn’t enjoy the Dimitri and Rose pairing. Like I’d take Sydney and Adrian any day over the other two haha. Ah I’m so glad Chicagoland Vampires made it on this list hehe and I’m very happy you enjoyed it as much as you did. It’s still one of my favourite vampire series to date I think. The blend of mystery, paranormal politics and things are just done so well.

    • meeghan

      I think you’d really enjoy the Southern Vampire Mysteries for that exact same reason too. Each book has a little bit of a paranormal mystery type story.

    • Charlotte

      I somehow never read Bloodlines despite losing TVA 🙈 its still definitely on my to read list. I just don’t know how I’ve never gotten to it though. And I loved the Southern Vampire Mystery books but never finished the series. I have three to go but read the rest over five years ago so really need to reread the series to pick them up. It’s definitely a must read for me this year though. Chicagoland is one I’ve been intrigued by for a while too.

      From your introduction I’ve read the first two books in the Beautiful series and adored them but still need to read the last two. Oh and I was obsessed with HON when it first came out. I think it was the first series that I brought the books for on release day. Hopefully it’s aged well 🤞

      Lovely list. I do love vampire fiction.

      • meeghan

        AHH!! I can’t believe you haven’t read Bloodlines!! It feels like it was written for everyone who loved Adrian and thought Rose was unfair to him. I 100% recommend it!! (#teamAdrian all the way)
        I’m hoping I love The Beautiful series, although I’m sure I will based on the synopsis.

        • Charlotte

          I don’t see how anyone couldn’t love Adrian 😍 and I definitely do plan to check it out sometime. I’ve been wanting to read it for year.
          I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you enjoy it. Although I don’t feel like you can go wrong with vampires in New Orleans.

  • jamsu @ jamsudreams

    Glad to see Bloodlines in your list! It was also nice to see a list where I’ve read four out of five books. I got about ten book in Sookie Stackhouse series before getting tired of it. I really wish we had more good Sooric scenes.

    • meeghan

      Yes!! Eric was the best, although it did lose its way about 10 books in. The ending was… odd, but it made sense, even if I didn’t agree with it.

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