Monday 11 May 2020

What Goes Around Comes Around: YA Vampires Rise Again!

You've heard the news. The vampires are back in town. That's right, Midnight Sun, the fifth book in Stephenie Meyer's ever-popular Twilight saga is finally coming to a bookstore near you on August 4th. 

If you don't know the story behind Midnight Sun, which is a saga in itself, then you're so not a Twihard. Long story short: Midnight Sun which, if you didn't know, is Twilight told from Edward Cullen's perspective, was meant to hit shelves way back in the day, but after the manuscript leaked online, Meyer put the book on hold indefinitely.  Why Midnight Sun (all 672 pages of it - because, according to Meyer " Edward over-thinks everything) is finally releasing now, is anyone's guess, but since we've already seen a gender-flipped version of Twilight (2015's Life and Death), I think it's fair to say this is one author who is determined to squeeze every last drop out of her sparkly cash cows. And why not. I mean, if you could, then you probably would. 

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer || Release date: August 2020

Anyway, all the talk about Midnight Sun (really not a fan of this cover!) got me thinking about vampires in YA fiction. It's true, they shuffled off into the shadows for a while, to be replaced by angels (whatever happened to that YA trend?), werewolves,  dystopian fiction and the rest,  but even before Midnight Sun was announced, vampires were slowly but surely making a YA comeback. Vampires never truly die, that's the thing. There's always a doppleganger or an antidote to save the day...

If the impending release of Midnight Sun has got you all hot and bothered and craving some good old vampire action - I'm assuming you have already devoured Richelle Mead's excellent Vampire Academy series - then here are some recent and upcoming YA vampire releases to help keep you sated until your August 4th date with the sparkliest of them all!

Will you be reading Midnight Sun ?
 How about any of the new breed of YA vampire releases? 
Maybe you're done with  YA vampires for good?
Let me know in comments!


The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh || Release date: October 2019

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.


Crave by Tracy Wolff || Release date: April 2020

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

-- (This one sounds fun and Twilight-y -right down to the cover art!)


Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite || Release date: Sept. 2020

Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices!

In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.

Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.

Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.


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