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Books similar to the Sookie Stackhouse Series

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Initial post: May 24, 2009, 5:13:36 AM PDT
J Ray says:
Hi all- I have been lurking here for a while and decided to join this community last night. I first started to get into the vampire books/paranormal romance when I encountered the "Twilight Saga"
From there, I started watching "True Blood" on HBO, then decided to read all of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. I found them to be delicious, devouring them one by one. I just finished the 9th one....and I'm craving more, how ever, we all know the 10th will not be out for another year. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm kind of disappointed that while the storyline between Sookie and Eric developed somewhat, it still didn't go very far!

Anyway, I am curious if anyone has read any books in a series similar to the Sookie books. I am reading Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series right now, and I am currently on the second book "The Laughing Corpse" how ever, I find them tough to get through. The first book kind of dragged as is the second one but I had a friend promise me they pick up after the first few so I'm trying to get through them.....

How ever any suggestions anyone had for books in this genre - I would definitely appreciate it!


Posted on May 24, 2009, 5:34:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 24, 2009, 5:35:32 AM PDT
Hi J Ray!
I'm Melanie Nowak, a new author. Readers of 'Sookie Stackhouse' have left very favorable reviews for my vampire series ALMOST HUMAN, so maybe you'd enjoy the series too.

ALMOST HUMAN is a fantasy that puts a venomous new twist on the classical vampire. The series is very character oriented/emotional, but also includes some action, humor, romance and dark fantasy elements. I've planned AH to be a succession of trilogies. So the 1st trilogy has 1 main story line that spans all 3 books - they aren't meant to be stand alone.

The 1st trilogy focuses on the relationship between the vampire Cain and the young human girl, Felicity. Chapters alternate point of view between these 2 characters, so you really get to know them both and understand their very different perspectives. The series has a rich supporting cast as well, that lend an "ensemble" feel to the story.

I LOVE to create well rounded, evolving characters. The series is adult and contains romantic scenes which are graphic as the relationship progresses, but are NOT gratuitous. Along with the light and fun side of the story and the bloom of first love, I also explore some ideas of spirituality, addiction, and morality that are for more mature readers.

If you'd like to check out some excerpts from the series to see if it's something you'd like, you can read my "Bite for the Night" blogs on my webpage at:

I've posted 39 'snippets' from the series - and while they don't give away all the good stuff ;-) they'll give you a good feel for my writing style and what the story is like.

This is the link for Book 1: Fatal Infatuation

Fatal Infatuation: Almost Human

Thanks for your consideration, I hope you'll check it out!

~ Melanie

Posted on May 24, 2009, 5:45:37 AM PDT
KraftyChik says:
After reading the Sookie books, I found myself wanting more in the "paranormal romance" arena as well. I found Kim Harrison's "Hollows" series to be *really* good. Karen Marie Moning's "Fever" series is also good, though dark. I would suggest if you like humor in your reads, go for Harrison's books first. :)

Posted on May 24, 2009, 5:46:44 AM PDT
have you tried Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters/ Dream Hunters or Christine Feehan's carpathian series- these are two favorites of mine and i've read pretty much all the books available.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2009, 6:18:15 AM PDT
I followed your book reading/tv show watching path exactly. While nothing quite compares to Sookie, I would recommend the Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance (books 3 and 4 are the best) and all the series by Richelle Mead (Storm Born was my favorite, followed by the Succubus series). I did fairly enjoy the Kim Harrison Hollows series, but am now looking for a new series as well!

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2009, 8:34:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 24, 2009, 8:44:27 AM PDT
ELIZA B. says:
You may enjoy Robin Mckinley's vampire/paranormal romance book titled Sunshine. It is really well written.
PC.Cast's Goddess series is phenomenal too. Goddess of Spring was my favorite.
New author Robin Wright is entertaining and fun. I thought that Would Be Witch had a Karen Moning / Charlaine Harris feel to it.
Tate Halloran has a great vampire / paranormal series that is quirky but hard to put down.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2009, 9:35:42 AM PDT
J Ray says:
I actually have your books on my Wish list to read . I have heard others speak fondly of them, and I will definitely read them! Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2009, 10:12:21 AM PDT
Thanks J Ray! That is nice to hear :-)
I hope you enjoy my series!

~ Melanie Nowak
(Author of the vampire series ALMOST HUMAN)

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2009, 9:05:19 PM PDT
Can you only buy your books on amazon? In book stores?

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2009, 9:21:29 PM PDT
Hi Summ Cullen :-)
The first trilogy of the ALMOST HUMAN series is not in bookstores yet (I'm a very new author) but I'm working on it.

Titles for the series include:

Volume 1: Fatal Infatuation
Volume 2: Lost Reflections
Volume 3: Evolving Ecstasy

All of the books are available in Paperback, Kindle & eBook format at these sites:

(Amazon) Kindle & Paperback:

(Author page) Paperback:

(eBook Mall) eBook:

Thanks for checking them out - I hope to have them in bookstores soon!

~ Melanie

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2009, 10:31:22 PM PDT
Amy Lane says:
Let's see... in addition to Sookie and Anita?

A second for Kim Harrison
then there's
Jeanieane Frost
Ilona Andrews
Jim Butcher
Mary Janice Davison
Kelley Armstrong
J.R. Ward and
Amy Lane

It seems as though (and this will help if you're looking for books) you are looking for more urban contemporary fantasy than paranormal romance. Urban contemporary fantasy follows one or two characters through a series of books, while paranormal romance focuses on one couple per book. That doesn't mean that urban fantasy can't be HOT, it just means you get more time to spend with the heroines you've come to care about. With the exception of J.R. Ward (who changed focus in the middle of her series from PNR to UCF) all the authors I listed for you are urban fantasy--just like Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton;-)

Posted on May 29, 2009, 8:53:07 AM PDT
Katie says:
I think the most comparable series to Sookie Stackhouse is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I also LOVED the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost and the Black Dagger Brotherhood (seriously addictive) by JR Ward. I really Like Jeri Smith-Ready's Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone books, very good reads.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2009, 9:19:29 AM PDT
ileana suber says:
maria acosta 's dracula books

Posted on May 29, 2009, 9:48:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2009, 9:54:21 AM PDT
Maggie Shayne's Wings In The Night series, might be what you're looking for. They were my personal introduction into vampire romances.

There is a recent discussion about it here somewhere, incl. the reading order. Will be back with the link.

Here it is:

Try to get hold of the "Wings in the Night" omnibus containing the first 3 books and you'll see. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2009, 1:35:33 PM PDT
Charlaine Harris does other series. The Harper Connelly (sp?) books are paranormal. I also really liked the Lily Bard Shakespeare stories. She has another series as well (Aurora Teagarden mysteries) and some stand-alones.

I really love the Southern Vampires (books) but have enjoyed the True Blood adaptation on HBO. Especially I love the opening song-- Bad Things. I hear they changed it for season two and have a song by Bob Dylan, but I haven't heard it yet.

Posted on May 29, 2009, 8:49:27 PM PDT
Anne Fleming says:
I love the Ilona Andrews series - the heroine er... gets less action than Sookie, but the character development is much better. Likewise for Briggs' Thompson series. The Chance/Cassie Palmer series is also good, but more action than character focused (and I actually did not care for the latest book in the series). If you're looking for a series with more of a romance focus, you might try Feehan's Drake Sister's books (I tend to find Feehan a bit sappy, but this series was actually pretty good).

Posted on May 29, 2009, 10:23:07 PM PDT
D. Stumpf says:
You could try the Argeneau series by Lyndsay Sands. First book takes place at an RT convention. The Mageverse series by Angela Knight. The vampires are King Arthur's knights. Erin McCarthy's Las Vegas Vampires were funny. Wish she'd do another book.

Posted on May 30, 2009, 10:14:54 PM PDT
M. Mccollum says:
Someone advised me to "Read the Anita Blake books up to seven and stop do not pass go do not collect 200 dollars " was the exact phrase she used. I wish I had taken that advise as I was almost ashamed of reading them in public. I was always thinking Anita cant top this ever , but she will. There are things in that series that would make Sookie blush and possibly even Eric. The Twilight Saga is great because even though Bella is in high school she thinks more like an adult. The P.C. Cast series is set in high school and has a high school mindset. The Dark Hunter / Dream hunter series are so wonderful even if you miss a book in the series or read the series out of order you will understand all the characters . Acheron is book 15 or so but if you read it first you would love the series. The Dark Hunter series is an easy read and full of humor and mythology. After you read it pass it to a friend .

Posted on May 30, 2009, 10:49:27 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2009, 3:48:25 AM PDT
Hi M. Mccollum,
I have to disagree about the reading order of the DH and it being of no consequence. Quite the contrary, I say that not only the enjoyment and understanding of what's going on is MUCH higher, there are also books that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should be read before their time (like Seize The Night). If you read them out of order or Archeron first and it worked well for you, I am glad (really!) but it isn't something I'd recommend to others.
Also some of the later ones, weren't as good as the first 10 or so, so somebody might get the wrong impression alltogether.
Better one picks up the first two (Fantasy Lover and Night Pleasures) as the first one gives some great background and the second one sets the tone for the following and see if you don't get hooked. ;)
Apart from this I'm totally with you about the humour and mythology and add the sexiness and drama. To me it's the best series, evah!

Posted on Jun 3, 2009, 2:18:50 AM PDT
I love the Sookie Stackhouse books and also feel disappointed to have to wait until 2010 for the next one.
I wish the Sookie/ Eric thing was elaborated on a bit more too......I would have to say book 9 was def at the bottom of the list compared to the rest of the series.
I have also read and you might like -
The Black Dagger Brotherhood (sexier than the Sookie series)
Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments Trilogy (YA and not just vamps - loved this series tho)
The 3 Vampire Academy books were also really good (YA)

Posted on Jun 5, 2009, 5:05:31 PM PDT
Emily says:
Hello! I really enjoyed the Sookie books too and can't get enough of this genre since reading them. I like the True Blood show as well, it's always interesting to see how stories are changed for tv and movies, but nothing ever tops the books.

I agree with the suggestions for Kim Harrison's The Hollows series- it's excellent and one of my favorites. She has written a few short stories following some of the characters from the series that are great too.

I'd also reccommend Katie MacAlister's Aisling Grey, Guardian novels (there are 4) and the Silver Dragons novels (2 are out now and the next is due in Nov), which follow a character from the Aisling Grey books- sort of a spin-off I guess you could say? These books have a good variety of paranormal characters, different from what you'd read in the Sookie books (no vamps or weres), but a very good read. She has written a vampire series also, which I haven't had a chance to read yet, but I imagine it's good too. Here's a website with some info:

Some other great reads:
Victoria Laurie's Ghost Hunter Mysteries (3 are out, a 4th is due);
Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mysteries (4 are out now and a 5th comes out in July);
Mary Janice Davidson's Undead/Queen Betsy series (definitely a lighter read, but a fun one- has vamps and weres) She's got bunches of other books out too;
Gerry Bartlett's Glory St. Clair series is good so far, I have only read the first one (vamps and were-animals)

I have a big to-read list on a website called Goodreads, but I haven't had a chance to turn it into a list on Amazon yet. Here is a link if you are interested in browsing:

Ok, I'm writing too much, but definitely check out the Favorite Paranormal Authors List too, it's full of goodness! :o)


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2009, 7:15:47 AM PDT
J Ray says:
I love True Blood. Have seen the entire first season and cannot wait for the second one to come out next weekend!

Posted on Jun 6, 2009, 12:40:48 PM PDT
Emily says:
Same here, I'm interested to see what they'll do with the Weres and to find out how the new story line will go. I just wish I had HBO! I've been waiting it out and peeking at this website every so often:

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