Polishing The Fangs. Vampires Are Back!

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

The spooky season is upon us! Halloween is not a tradition in my country, but that doesn't stop me from being super excited about this creepy holiday. I'm always happy to talk about monsters (I did write a thesis about monsters, after all), but there's something special about going rambling about monsters in this season. Thus, there's nothing better than sharing and maybe fangirl a bit, all these books coming out featuring blood-sucking creatures aka vampires. Is it me or are vampires making a comeback?

I won't lie: I never read the Twilight series, but I was caught up by the vampire hype back then. Some of the books I picked featuring vampires were The Turning by Jennifer Armintrout, Insatiable by Meg Cabot (sadly, the sequels were not translated to Portuguese) and the Mercy Thompson series. One of my favourite novels that features vampires is Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London (if you haven't read this trilogy yet, what are you waiting for?!). This dystopian world ruled by vampires stole my heart and since then I knew I'd love the creatures no matter what - being the hero or the villain.

As I mentioned above, today I'm sharing a few books that pay homage to these creatures and will be coming out in the next months (well, one of them was released last week) and, hopefully, will reignite everyone's love for these immortal and cold-blooded creatures (see what I just did here? 😋).

Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
Published: 19th September 2019
Pages: 304 pages 

From an award-winning author a haunting re-imagining of one of the most celebrated gothic tales ever written. This is the untold story of the brides of Dracula.

Seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are brutally snatched one night, taken far from the travelling community they so love. Their abductor is the cruel Boyar Valcar who sells them to a castle kitchen where they are forced to work as slaves.

Lil befriends fellow slave Mira, a girl she’s inexplicably drawn to, and the pair comfort each other, drawing strength from their friendship to help cope with the awful situation they have been put into. She learns of the mythical Dragon – a creature which is rumoured to accept young girls as gifts.

The second book in the new Bellatrix collection – a creatively curated list of empowering, diverse YA novels by leading female

Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books
Published: 8th October 2019
Pages: 448 pages

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

Title: Chosen (sequel to Slayer)
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
Published: 9th January 2020
Pages:368 pages

Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series from Kiersten White, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom.

And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right?

The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.

Author: Jay Kristoff and Nan Fe (illustrator)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Published: 3rd September 2020
Pages: 400 pages

Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life. His tale spans years, from his youth in the monastery of San Michel, to the forbidden love that spelled his undoing, and the betrayal that saw his order annihilated. Most importantly, Gabriel will tell of his discovery of the Grail—the legendary cup prophesied to bring an end to the eternal night.

But the Grail was no simple chalice; and its secret was held by a smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior. Their journey with a band of unlikely allies would see Dior and Gabriel forge an unbreakable bond, and set the broken paragon on a road to redemption. But now, the Grail is shattered. And with the cup of the Savior destroyed and the last Silversaint awaiting execution, what can bring an end to this unholy empire?

Empire of the Vampire is an illustrated dark fantasy epic; the bastard lovechild of Interview with the Vampire, The Road and The Name of the Wind.

Editors: Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker  
Publisher: Imprint Reads
Published: September 2020

A YA fantasy anthology featuring fresh takes on old souls with vampire stories.
Featuring short stories from Natalie C. Parker, Zoraida Córdova, Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria Schwab and  Kayla Whaley.

Ps. Another book coming out next year featuring vampires is The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig. It has no cover nor a temporary cover and for that reason I did highlighted it. But please, add it to your wishlist, if you are excited about vampires as I'm.

Are you happy about vampires coming back? Did you miss these blood-sucking creatures? Which supernatural being would you like to receive more love from publishers?

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  1. Have you read Julie Kagawa's vampire series? It's super creepy! I don't like horror books, but I will stick my toes into some suspense and mystery from time to time. I also love fall and the spooky-vibes of the season.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

    1. I didn't know Julie Kagawa wrote a vampire series! Must add it to my wishlist!!!

      Happy readings. 😊

  2. OMG I need to order The Chosen!!! And that Jay Kristoff's book too! I already am waiting for the Beautiful LOL

    1. I'm dying to get my hands on Jay Kristoff's vampire book. It seems so creepy.

      Happy readings! 😊

  3. I think I started pleasure reading again on the tail end of the vampire craze, but I did read the VA and Bloodlines books. I just told my daughter about Kristoff's new book, and she is excited.

    1. I'm not sure either, but when I stared reading after a long hiatus, vampires were losing some of its popularity. Nevertheless, I was still able to read and enjoy some vampire reads.

      Happy readings! 😊

  4. I can't wait for The Beautiful to be in my hands tomorrow! Last month there was an interesting discussion about vampires in publishing and how it's been over saturated in the market and essentially a no go for years. It's nice to see a few bigger authors breaking through with some vampire books - I think we are hungry for supernatural blood-suckers again.

    1. Could you please tell me where did you happen to find that discussion? Was it an article? A podcast? It seems such an interesting discussion theme that I'd love to take a look at it.

      Happy readings! 😊

  5. Vampires Never Gt Old looks like something I need! :)

    1. Me too! Why do we have to wait so long for it?!

      Happy readings. 😊

  6. YES I am happy vamps are back. I love them!

    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. Thanks for the recs. All of these sound really good!