Bella's Book List

Welcome to Bella's Book List! 
This is a list of books that the members of Bella's Book Club have selected, reviewed and recommend for people who like Stephenie Meyer's
Twilight series.  Bella's Book Club is a real book discussion group for teens at the Tecumseh Branch Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  You can read our super-cool, fun book club blog at http://bellabookclub.blogspot.com/. We wish to inspire and inform with our book list, and we hope that you will enjoy these books as much as we did!

 
The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith
 
A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror... Elena Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan. Stefan Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion. Damon Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him. The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

Bella's Book Club Review:
This series is similar to the Twilight series.  It takes place in a high school setting, and the romance that blossoms between Stefan and Elena is magical.  The twists and turns of the plot surprised me, and you will love to hate bad-boy Damon.  He is Stefan's brother, and you can never tell what his intentions are.  I also really liked the characters of Meredith and Bonnie, who are Elena's best friends.  They are fun and colorful, and the story of Bonnie's special powers adds a fun twist to the book.  --BBC Member, Nickole.

Series Order:
1. The Awakening
2. The Struggle
3. The Fury
4. Dark Reunion


After a long hiatus from writing, L.J. Smith has continued the story of Elena and her friends in a new trilogy, The Vampire Diaries: The Return. The first book was released in February, 2008.

The Vampire Diaries: The Return
Series Order:
1. Nightfall

Upcoming books
The trilogy is scheduled to continue with book two, Shadow Souls, and book three, Midnight.  Shadow Souls will be released on March 16, 2010.






                                                                                       

Evernight series by Claudia Gray

Bianca wants to escape.  She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where th students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about  him."I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

Bella's Book Club Review:          

This book was a true surprise.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't wait for the second book, Stargazer, to come our way this spring.  You'll love Bianca and her Bella-like ways, and the mysterious Lucas is irresistable.  The best thing about this book is how it differs from other vampire books we've read.  I was truly surprised at the unpredictable plot, and was completely blown over by the end!   --Deb, Bella's Book Club member.     

Series Order:
1. Evernight
2. Stargazer

Upcoming books:  The next  book in the series, entitled Hourglass, is scheduled to be released on March 9, 2010.  The fourth book in the series is reported to be entitled Afterlife, but there is no known release date yet.





The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Original. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.



Bella's Book Club Review:  The Morganville Vampires series is a truly wonderful series! It kept me reading from when I read the back of the book(finding out what it was about) to the actual story. This is a truly amazing kind of series where vampires are realistic, funny, cocky, and just plain weird! Welcome to the wonderful experience you will have with The Morganville Vampires Series! --Lauryn, BBC Member

Series order:
1. Glass Houses
2. Dead Girls' Dance
3. Midnight Alley
4. Feast of Fools
5. Lord of Misrule
6. Carpe Corpus
7. Fade Out

Upcoming books:  Sources say that Book 8, entitled Kiss of Death will be released on May 4, 2010.




The House of Night
series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
 

In this first book of a new series, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been marked by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.




Bella's Book Club Review:  "I liked it better than Twilight!" --Nicki, BBC Member.

" I love these books!  The author makes me feel just as confused as Zoey about her love life... that's good writing!  I lke the idea of a school running at night, and that the vampyres have a goddess that they worship."  --Shelbi, BBC Member

This book I think is better then Twilight. The last book Tempted, made me cry at the end. I never cry at anything and I just started crying! I love how Zoey has so many normal teenage problems when yet, she is not a normal teenager. In fact, she's not even a normal vampyre fledgeling!!!!!! READ THIS SERIES! You will not be disappointed! - Shelby J., BBC Member

Series order:
1. Marked
2. Betrayed
3. Chosen
4. Untamed

5. Hunted

6. Tempted

Upcoming Books: 
Sources say that book
7 will be entitled, Burned, and will be released on May 6, 2010.







The Blue Bloods
series by Melissa De La Cruz


Schuyler Van Alen begins to wonder if the legends of vampires are really true. When she turns 15, she starts to crave raw food and is having flashbacks to ancient times. After a classmate is found dead--and bloodless--Schuyler doesn't know what to think. Hyperion Books for Children
Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.




Bella's Book Club Review:  The Blue Bloods series is absolutely amazing! I love fiction books, and this is now on my top ten favorite books, along with twilight of course. I have only finished the first book Blue Blood but I'm itching for more. This series is definitely one any vampire fan must read. Melissa de la Cruz is a genius!  --Haley, BBC Member.

Series order:
1. Blue Bloods
2. Masquerade
3. Revelations
4. Van Alen Legacy

Upcoming books: The fifth book in the series will be entitled, Misguided Angel, and will be published in Fall, 2010.

News:  Melisa de la Cruz has signed a deal with Disney Hyperion books, and will be expanding this series into spinoff series called Wolf Pact. The first of these is expected in Spring 2011, and will follow the Bliss storyline.  Blue Bloods will also see it's first graphic novel in Summer, 2011.







Tantalize by Cynthia Leititch Smith

Werewolves, vampires, and human hybrids all work up an appetite in this delicious debut novel of dark fantasy, young love, and culinary secrets. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.


Bella's Book Club Review:          

Tantalize is a cool vampire novel set in an Italian restaurant. I read this when it was first published last summer, and couldn't put it down. The book is cleverly written, and sectioned into portions like a restaurant menu. Clearly, the author intends for us to savor and enjoy the "meal" as we digest this book!  --Deb, BBC Member


Series Order:
1. Tantalize
2. Eternal

Upcoming Books:  Blessed will be the third book, in which the characters from Tantalize and Eternal meet.






Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
 



St. Vladimirs Academy isnt just any boarding schoolits a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Theyve been on the run, but now theyre being dragged back to St. Vladimirsthe very place where theyre most in danger. . . . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academys ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoithe worlds fiercest and most dangerous vampiresmake Lissa one of them forever.
Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.





Bella's Book Club Review:    "
It is simply amazing and keeps you hungry for more!!" --Tara, BBC Member.

Series Order:
  • Vampire Academy
  • Frostbite
  • Shadow Kiss
  • Blood Promise
Upcoming books





Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives
(Graphic Novel Series) by Ellen Schreiber
 
In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven -- a vampire-crazed goth-girl -- is an outcast. But not for long... The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people -- especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth. Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives is a graphic novel series based on Ellen Schreiber's original fiction series. 

Bella's Book Club Review:  Still need one!  Send your review to dnoggle@acpl.info



Vampire Kisses Series Order:
  • Vampire Kisses
  •  Kissing Coffins
  •  Vampireville
  •  Dance With A Vampire
  •  The Coffin Club
  • Royal Blood

Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives
(Graphic Novel) Series Order:
  • Volume I
  • Volume II
Upcoming books:  The series is scheduled to continue with Volume III in Fall, 2009.
















Jessica's Guide to Dating the on the Dark Side
by Beth Fantaskey
 

Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.


Bella's Book Club Review: 
Oh my golly, I love this book! I couldn't put it down! It has a good amount of betrayal for everyone!  Its really cool for Jessica to have this whole other identity other than her regular life. You can also relate to it in a way. If you loved twilight then you would love this book!
---Meghan, BBC Member.


Upcoming books:  ???








The Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare
 


Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.  "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets "Harry Potter" in the first book in a fast-paced, edgy, fantasy trilogy filled with danger, mystery, and fun. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

Bella's Book Club Review: 
I read this series in 2 weeks, I couldn't put it down! The story has so many problems yet the romance is amazing. Two lovers forbidden to be together, never give up on their love. Jace and Clary have a interesting relationship... 
My name is Jahdiel, I'm from Hawaii, & i loved this series--AMAZING!! --Jahdiel, BBC Member
Series Order:

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
Upcoming books:  Although this series was originally intended to be a trilogy, the author has announced that a fourth book will be published in March, 2011, and will be entitled City of Fallen Angels. She is also publshing the first novel (The Clockwork Angel) in a new companion series called The Infernal Devices, which includes a new cast of shadowhunters.  On her website, Clare explains:

"City of Fallen Angels takes place after the events of City of Glass. It splits its focus between Jace and Clary and Clary’s best friend, Simon, and how he adjusts to life as a vampire, but it’s still an ensemble-cast story, and all the characters from the Mortal Instruments series appear in it: Jace, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus, Luke, Jocelyn, Maia, and many more. (It even helps to have read The Clockwork Angel before you read City of Fallen Angels, because some of the characters from the Infernal Devices series do show up in it. However, it isn’t required.)"








Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Six weeks from graduation and all Maggie Quinn wants to do is get out of Avalon High in one piece. When really weird stuff starts happening to the school's ruling clique, Maggie realizes it's up to her to get in touch with her inner Nancy Drew and ferret out who unleashed the ancient evil before all hell breaks loose. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.






Bella's Book Club Review:  Still need one!  Send your review to dnoggle@acpl.info

Series Order:
  • Prom Dates from Hell
  • Hell Week
  • Highway to Hell
Upcoming booksNo new information.








Den of Shadows
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
                                               

In the Forests of the Night: Three hundred years ago Risika had a family a brother and a father who loved her. Three hundred years ago she was human. Now she is a vampire, a powerful one. And her past has come back to torment her. Demon in My View: Jessica isn t your average high school student she s an acclaimed published author of vampire fiction. Now two new students at her high school strongly remind her of her favorite characters. But those characters only live in her imagination right? Shattered Mirror: Christopher Raneva and Sarah Vida may look like a normal high school couple, but he s actually a vampire who s sworn off human blood and she s an incredibly powerful, vampire-hunting witch. As if that weren t enough to prevent their love, his past and her future collide when they get tangled up with Nikolas, one of the most reviled vampires ever. Midnight Predator: Once a happy teenager, Turquoise Draka is now a vampire hunter. Her current assigment is to assassinate Jeshikah, one of the cruelest vampires in history. But to do that, she ll have to enter Midnight, a fabled vampire realm, as a human slave. . . . Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

Bella's Book Club Review:  Still need one!  Send your review to dnoggle@acpl.info


Series Order:
  • In The Forests of the Night
  • Demon in My View
  • Shattered Mirror
  • Midnight Predator
Upcoming books:

 

 
 
 
 
 
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
 

InBlood and Chocolate,Annette Curtis Klause does for werewolves what Anne Rice has done for vampires. Sixteen-year-old Vivian Gandillon is trying to fit in to her new home in the suburbs.  But trying to act "normal" isn't always easy, since Vivian and her family are werewolves.  It's glorious to have the power to change, and Vivian is a beautifulloup-garouwith all the young wolves howling for her.  But she wants no part of her squabbling pack, left leaderless by her father's recent death. Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy.  If she reveals herself, will he relish the magic of her dual nature?  When a brutal murder threatens the pack's survival, Vivian's divided loyalties are further strained.  What is she really--human or beast? Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.



 
 
Bella's Book Club Review:  Still need one!  Send your review to dnoggle@acpl.info
Upcoming books:  ???
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dangerous Girls by R.L.Stine
 
The bestselling master of horror brings his signature spine-chilling style to a tale of teenage sisters who have both been bitten by a vampire. Now they must race against time to find a cure before they become creatures of the night--forever. In this second book of a new series about sisters bitten by the same vampire, twin is pitted against twin as each sister is determined to force the other into the life she sees as best--and only one can win. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
 
 
 
Bella's Book Club Review:  Still need one!  Send your review to dnoggle@acpl.info
 
 
Series Order:
  • Dangerous Girls
  • The Taste of Night

Upcoming books:???

 
 
 
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