Reviews tagged "vampires"


Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

In its concept, this book earns major nerd points. It’s a vampire-hunter action novel with a modern setting, but the concept is inspired by the Villa Diodati summer (during which Mary Shelley conceived the concept behind Frankenstein), and the book features Lord Byron as an evil vampire wreaking havoc on the environs of Lake Geneva. […]


Evernight by Claudia Grey

Bianca’s parents have taken jobs teaching at Evernight Academy, a very rich and very exclusive boarding school that most teenagers couldn’t even hope to attend. They think it’s a great opportunity for her to come along with them. But she hates it–the campus is miles away from civilization, the buildings are old and creepy, and […]


The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Being a vampire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Nina, who’s been a vampire (and therefore a teenager) for thirty-plus years. Vampires don’t really have superhuman strength; they can’t shape-shift; and they most certainly are not sexy. What with the inability to function during daylight hours, the constant health problems, and the […]


The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers

One of the main pleasures about Tim Powers’ books is the pleasingly baroque sentences that result when you attempt to summarize their premises. The Stress of Her Regard, for instance, is based on the idea that vampires are really succubi, who are really the nephelim from Genesis, who are really silicon-based lifeforms, who are also […]


Sunshine by Robin McKinley

The plot of this book is a classic coming-of-age, accept-your-powers, kill-the-bad-guy story. Rae Seddon (nicknamed “Sunshine”) lives a quiet life as the Cinnamon Roll Queen of Charlie’s Coffeehouse, until one night she is kidnapped by vampires. They take her to an abandoned mansion and chain her up beside another prisoner . . . a vampire. […]


The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

NB: This book was not marketed as fantasy. But it has vampires in it. In my opinion (and let’s hope I’m right!), that means it’s fantasy. Hence, the review. What do you get when you cross Bram Stoker’s Dracula with A. S. Byatt’s Possession? You get The Historian, a book about a pair of obsessed […]


Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Bella Swan isn’t very excited about leaving Phoenix to live with her dad a tiny town on the Olympic peninsula. For one thing, it always rains up there. And there are less people in the entire high school than in her junior class back in Phoenix. But things quickly get exciting nonetheless, because she meets […]


Dracula by Bram Stoker

I went to the bookstore recently and noticed that the shelves were loaded with vampire novels, so I decided it was time to read the granddaddy of them all and see what all the fuss is about. I must admit I still don’t especially understand the attraction, although I did find the book fairly enjoyable. […]


Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

I suppose I should preface this review with the disclaimer that I’m not very attracted to vampires. I don’t find them instrinsically fascinating, and I don’t normally read vampire novels. So I probably wouldn’t have read Demon in my View except for a newspaper article about the author, who was fifteen years old when she […]