Vampire Books That Don't Suck

A Listmania! list by Kyra S. (Alaska)
The list author says: "As part of my ongoing campaign to find and publicize (to the extent of my limited ability, anyway) vampire books that are actually, you know, good, which is to say those that don't involve sparkling vampires, stupid love triangles, whiny narrators, and bad writing. Basically I'm just trying to find vampire books that aren't Twilight, although not being Twilight and not sucking don't necessarily go together (the Vampire Kisses series, for instance, looks fairly horrific). I've already reviewed a couple of these books at my book-review blog (lostquiteclassically.today.com) and plan to cover all of them there."
Sunshine
1.  Sunshine by Robin McKinley
The list author says:
  "My very favorite vampire novel ever. Seriously, if you read one book on this list, it should be this one. Well, and Barbara Hambly's."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (526 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Those Who Hunt the Night (James Asher, Book 1)
2.  Those Who Hunt the Night (James Asher, Book 1) by Barbara Hambly
The list author says:
  "Don't let the horrible cover fool you--this is historical vampire lit at its best."
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Traveling with the Dead
3.  Traveling with the Dead by Barbara Hambly
The list author says:
  "Sequel to Those Who Hunt the Night, and maybe even better, in part because the characters spend most of the book traveling across Europe, including a lot of time in a very accurately presented Constantinople (at least it's accurate from what I can tell, having visited Istanbul last year)."
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Renfield: Slave of Dracula
4.  Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly
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Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Book 1)
5.  Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Book 1) by Rachel Caine
The list author says:
  "My new favorite vampire series. I will definitely read more of these. (From what I hear, the series goes somewhat downhill after a while, which is disappointing...but I still plan to read more.)"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Peeps
6.  Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
The list author says:
  "A very different, creative, and compulsively readable take on vampires. Also, you will learn far, far more about parasites than you EVER wanted to know."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

The Graveyard Book
7.  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "Not exactly a vampire novel, but one of the major characters is a vampire, and he's awesome."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,143 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

Bloodlist (Vampire Files, No. 1)
8.  Bloodlist (Vampire Files, No. 1) by P. N. Elrod
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Lifeblood: The Vampire Files, Book 2
9.  Lifeblood: The Vampire Files, Book 2 by P. N. Elrod
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3)
10.  Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3) by Jim Butcher
The list author says:
  "Pretty much all the Dresden Files feature vampires to one extent or another, but this is the first to make them really major antagonists. Also, we meet Thomas, who is awesome (and a vampire)."
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Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, Book 6)
11.  Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, Book 6) by Jim Butcher
The list author says:
  "Another Dresden Files book that focuses on vampires. Also, uh, the adult film industry, which is controlled by the succubus-like White Court vampires, and I PROMISE it's less cheesy than it sounds. Way more awesome with Thomas here, among other things."
$8.99   Used & New from: $2.62
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Backup
12.  Backup by Jim Butcher
The list author says:
  "Notable because it has even more to do with vampires than the other Dresden Files books because Thomas narrates this one. That means we get some pretty cool insights on the nature of these vampires' hunger and humanity or lack thereof that we don't necessarily get from Harry, even if the plot is a little lacking."
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HISTORIAN / A NOVEL
13.  HISTORIAN / A NOVEL by Elizabeth Kostova
The list author says:
  "Two historians are drawn into a crazy, deadly mystery that ends up leading all them to Dracula. I liked it, although I'd recommend it to someone wanting another twist on the Dracula legend rather than, say, to the Twilight crowd; it's not nearly as accessible or fast-paced as Sunshine or Barbara Hambly's books."
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By Blood We Live
14.  By Blood We Live by John Joseph Adams
The list author says:
  "Another anthology of vampire stories by lots of different authors, most of them very well known--a really long anthology, too, so there are a lot of awesome stories in it, several of which I really wished were novels rather than short stories."
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Evernight (Evernight, Book 1)
15.  Evernight (Evernight, Book 1) by Claudia Gray
The list author says:
  "The first third of this book reads like a blatant (but better) Twilight rip-off--but it's not, and I can't say why without spoiling most of it. I'll definitely check out the other books in this series."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Darkangel (The Darkangel Trilogy)
16.  The Darkangel (The Darkangel Trilogy) by Meredith Ann Pierce
The list author says:
  "This isn't a traditional vampire series, but it's well worth a read."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Millennium Snow, Vol. 1 (Millenium Snow)
17.  Millennium Snow, Vol. 1 (Millenium Snow) by Bisco Hatori
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Agyar
18.  Agyar by Steven Brust
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Many Bloody Returns
19.  Many Bloody Returns by Charlaine Harris
The list author says:
  "Anthology of vampire stories, some meh and some awesome."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Record of a Fallen Vampire, Vol. 1
20.  The Record of a Fallen Vampire, Vol. 1 by Kyō Shirodaira
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Myth-ing Persons/Little Myth Marker 2-in-1 (Myth 2-in-1)
21.  Myth-ing Persons/Little Myth Marker 2-in-1 (Myth 2-in-1) by Robert Asprin
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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
22.  Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger
The list author says:
  "This book was a little disappointing in its execution, but the concept--Victorian London populated with vampires and werewolves as part of the overall social structure--is great, and I did like the worldbuilding."
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Goldcamp Vampire
23.  Goldcamp Vampire by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
The list author says:
  "Overall it's kind of a fun book and not quite as campy as the cover makes it look, but it's not what I was hoping for--it's much more of the standard "hey evil vampires are killing people, better do something about that.""
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Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights
24.  Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "Again, not strictly a vampire book since the whole mummy thing is at the center of this Austen mashup, but it does pretty prominently feature a vampire, and anyway it's way better than most of the other mashups going around."
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
25.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
The list author says:
  "Much better than you'd think, even if it's not remotely perfect. Overall a fun read."
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Fatal Bargain (The Vampire's Promise 3)
26.  Fatal Bargain (The Vampire's Promise 3) by Caroline Cooney
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Salem's Lot
27.  Salem's Lot by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "As a novel I really liked it; loved the fact that it's basically a (more tragic) Dracula retelling set in a small American town. As a vampire novel a bit less so, because it's really just a study of the nature of evil with vampires getting to play the part of said evil in this particular instance."
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Jane Slayre
28.  Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin
The list author says:
  "Shut up, I actually liked it. Uh, more than the original. DON'T JUDGE ME. (Well, the original's all gothic without actual supernatural stuff going on, so frankly, adding the supernatural elements makes sense.)"
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The Reformed Vampire Support Group
29.  The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
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Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer)
30.  Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer) by Karen Chance
The list author says:
  "Well, it's got some interesting characters and worldbuilding, and at least it does address the other side of the sexualized-vampire trope. But it's also really info-dumpy, and there's a lot of sex, if that's not what you're looking for."
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Bloody Red Baron
31.  Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman
The list author says:
  "Yeah, I don't know. It's about vampires in WWI and it does have some really interesting worldbuilding (starting in the previous book, in which Dracula isn't defeated after all and becomes Victoria's consort, I think) as well as some cool stuff with the physicality of the vampire state, but...I don't know. The writing style is strange and it's hard finding any truly likable characters."
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Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1)
32.  Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1) by Melissa de la Cruz
The list author says:
  "File under "Well, it's better than Twilight thanks to plot, characterization, and worldbuilding, but...meh. Doubt I'll continue the series.""
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Marked: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels)
33.  Marked: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels) by P. C. Cast
The list author says:
  "Ditto."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (863 customer reviews) | 11 customer discussions

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1)
34.  Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1) by Richelle Mead
The list author says:
  "Ditto, but somewhat less so. I liked this one okay, but looking at synopses for further books in the series made it sound like mostly YA romance-drama with some vampires thrown in, which...well, if that's what I wanted, I'd read Twilight."
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Companions of the Night
35.  Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
The list author says:
  "Okay, this is only on the list because the first third is actually good, the whole thing is reasonably well-written, and it's a whole lot more explicit about how hey, vampires sure are attractive but they're also scary killer monsters, and also...something which I am calling Stockholm Syndrome, because otherwise it's even worse than Edward/Bella."
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Team Human
36.  Team Human by Justine Larbalestier
The list author says:
  "Basically it's Twilight if Twilight were actually good. Itís a high-school vampire love story but itís also got stuff like intense ladyfriendships, an engagement with history, real humor, WORLDBUILDING YAY, a smart and snarky protagonist, and just all-around awesomeness. If you like vampires, or if youíre really tired of vampires lately, you should read this book."
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Kindle Edition? 1 Mar 11, 2013
I love this series! 2 Jan 18, 2012
dark angel trilogy they should make this into a film 8 Dec 12, 2011
The Graveyard Book -- Recommendations if I loved this book? 4 Aug 28, 2011
Why is the hardcover price so high? 2 Aug 21, 2011
How Clean is the Dark Angel Trilogy? 0 May 28, 2011
Sequel unlikely 23 May 16, 2011
Balthazar or Lucas? (Spoilers) 4 Mar 27, 2011
Would you suggest the 2nd? 6 Mar 9, 2011
The Graveyard Book -- Enlighten me please 9 Jan 13, 2011
The price...what the HELL? 0 Aug 19, 2010
Similar Books 3 Jul 11, 2010
 
   

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